Sanctions & Championships

The APBA Sanctions Race Events throughout the United States called Regattas. Regattas are typically a weekend long series of different races across multiple categories and classes. By participating in an APBA Sanctioned event, Racers are guaranteed insurance and also qualify to earn high points.

Map of APBA Sanctions

View Map of APBA Races in a full screen map

High Points

Every race you participate in provides you with the opportunity to earn high points. High points are awarded based on how you finish in your heat, with point values & specific rules for awarding points varying across different categories.

Not all races are created equal – throughout the year, there are certain races that are more valuable when determining overall high point championships than others. Regional, Divisional National, North American & World Championships (held in the U.S.A) are all more valuable. 

Championships

Race Like a Champion Today – There are a couple of different ways to be a champion in the APBA. A National Champion is someone who has won their classes’ respective National Championship race. High Points Champions are the drivers or boats that accumulate the highest possible point total in their class within a certain number of races throughout the entire race season. 

Awards

  • Charlie Strang Award

    Charlie Strang Award

    Category:
    In Circulation Since:
    2010

    The Charles D. Strang Ultimate Service Award is given to one individual who exemplifies the highest standards of devotion and accomplishment for the benefit of the APBA through unselfish service to APBA.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 - R. Steven Hearn
    • 2011 - Craig Dewald
    • 2010 - Buddy Byers
  • APBA Gold Cup

    APBA Gold Cup

    Category:
    Unlimited
    In Circulation Since:
    1903

    The oldest trophy in motorsports, the Gold Cup; originally named the Challenge Cup, was first given out in 1903. It was crafted by Tiffany’s in 1902 and was fully restored in the mid 2000’s. This trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the Unlimited Category’s APBA Gold Cup race on the Detroit River.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 – Dave Villwock – Spirit of Qatar
    • 2011 – Dave Villwock – Spirit of Qatar
    • 2010 – Dave Villwock – Spirit of Qatar
  • Bob Goller Award

    Bob Goller Award

    Category:
    Modified Outboard
    In Circulation Since:
    1972

    Created in 1972, the Modified National Overall award is presented to the Modified Outboard driver who accumulates the most overall points in the Modified Outboard Category. Renamed the Bob Goller Award in 2007, the winner of this award is also given the boat number US-1 for all of their boats the following year.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 – Eric Vanover
    • 2011 – Bob Dunlap
    • 2010 – Rick Miller
  • APBA Henry Menzies Memorial Award

    Henry Menzies Memorial Reward

    Category:
    Stock Outboard
    In Circulation Since:
    1979

    Established in 1979, the Henry Menzies Memorial Award was named for Dr. Hank Menzies whose racing career was cut tragically short in 1978.  The Menzies Award is given to the Stock Outboard driver who accumulates the highest number of points in all Stock Outboard classes raced.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 - Edward Hearn
    • 2011 - Joe Pater
    • 2010 - J Michael Kelly
  • Colonel Green Round Hill Trophy

    Category:
    PRO Outboard
    In Circulation Since:
    1933

    Created in 1933, this trophy is presented annually to the driver with the most points during the racing season in the Professional Racing Outboard (PRO) Category.  The trophy, housed at APBA Headquarters, is 44” high and contains almost 18 lbs of sterling silver.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 - Amy Nydahl
    • 2011 - Jim Nilsen
    • 2010 - Jim Nilsen
  • President's Cup

    Presidents Cup

    Category:
    Unlimited
    In Circulation Since:
    1926

    First awarded in 1926 but most recently awarded in 1999, the President’s Cup is presented to the winner of an Unlimited race on the Potomac River in Washington, DC.   Under the original deed of gift, the Presidents Cup is to awarded from a different Unlimited race site if there is no race held on the Potomic River.  The President’s Cup will be presented to the winner of a future Unlimited race in 2014.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 - Not Awarded
    • 2011 - Not Awarded
    • 2010 - Not Awarded
  • APBA Martini and Rossi Trophy

    Martini and Rossi Trophy

    Category:
    Unlimited
    In Circulation Since:
    1959

    The Martini and Rossi Trophy was first presented in 1959 to the Unlimited High Point Champion.  The trophy was originally donated by the popular Italian company and restored by the APBA in 2009.  The trophy also signifies Unlimited’s APBA Hall of Champions inductee.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 - Steve David - Oh Boy Oberto
    • 2011 - Dave Villwock - Spirit of Qatar
    • 2010 - Steve David - Oh Boy Oberto
  • Don Allen Sr. Award

    Don Allen Sr. Memorial Leadership Award

    Category:
    In Circulation Since:
    2008

    Given annually, this award honors service contributions to the American Power Boat Association in the areas of leadership, officiating, safety, or other activities contributing to the benefit of the APBA not directly related to the racing of a specific boat.

    Past Winners

    • 2012 - Tracy Trollian
    • 2011 - Brian Small
    • 2010 - George Thornhill
  • APBA Jerry Waldman Stock Outboard Driver of the Year Award

    Gerald Waldman Memorial Award

    Category:
    Stock Outboard
    In Circulation Since:
    1977

    Granted to Outstanding Stock Outboard Driver of the Year

    Past Winners