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10 or 11 boat field expected for Madison Regatta

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MADISON, Ind - It could be one of the biggest fields in recent memory for the Madison, Indiana Unlimited hydroplane racing tour stop.  There is a possibility of 11 boats, although 10 looks more likely. 

"If everyone's on schedule, we could see 11 boats. I'm very optimistic about that," Madison Regatta race chairman Tony Steinhardt told the Madison Courier newspaper.  "We're planning on 10 for sure."

If that happens, there will be a slight re-formatting of the race heats.  At most race sites, boats are assigned heats by a blind draw.  In the new alignment, boats would be assigned to each heat based on qualifying and paired up so that every boat will be matched in a heat with every other boat.

That means every boat will be in at least one heat with every other competitor.

The plan, named the "Bob Hughes Plan" for U-6 Owner's Rep Bob Hughes, was last used in 2005 and provided some top-notch racing.