KINGSTON — The South Shore Outboard Association is pleased to announce that the New Hampshire Boat Museum has come on board as the primary sponsor of the 2021 Granite State Title Series. With sanctioning from the American Power Boat Association, South Shore Outboard will be conducting the Hydroplane Racing Challenge events in Milton and Kingston, New Hampshire this season.
Often referred to as the “grassroots” of racing, South Shore has been bringing their open cockpit kneel-down style of racing crafts to New England Communities since 1951. Many of the SSOA members are second and third-generation drivers as the tradition has carried on from Moms and Dads to sons and daughters. Headquartered in Kingston, NH, SSOA is the largest racing club in New England. The events will feature ten classes of racing and they are expected to draw upwards of eighty-five entries from the Northeastern United States and Canada. Classes of racing start with the Junior division with kids from the age of 9-14 competing up through the adult classes with many seventy-year-olds taking their laps around the racecourse.
The sponsorship from the NHBM is a natural combination with SSOA’s programs. It is the Museum’s mission to inspire an understanding of, and appreciation for the boating heritage of the fresh waterways of New Hampshire. Located in Wolfeboro, the NHBM is much more than just a Museum. They are an experiential center that focuses on learning through doing by offering a plethora of hands on programs and events. The TitleSeries is just the type of outside the Museum event that the NHBM can offer to the public.
The Title series is a revival of the 2015 series and will start with the Town of Milton, NH’s Recreational Departments Summer Kick-Off Celebration on June 5-6. Racing will start at Noon and continue through 4:00 p.m. In conjunction with the racing, the NHBM will have vintage boat displays and an information table promoting the 2021 summer events being held at the Museum. The second event of the series will take place September 25-26th and will be hosted by the Kingston Children’s Center on beautiful Greenwood Pond in Kingston.
The NHBM will also take part in this event with an information booth and will be the lead sponsor of the “Kingston Sprint Cup Invitational” race. This special event race will be comprised of eight drivers selected from around the country in a racing tribute to the legends of the sport from the golden era of the 1960s and ’70s. The sleek 10 foot crafts will be powered by the iconic Mercury 20H racing engine that was introduced in 1959 up to speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour.