The 2014 Thunder on Webster Lake Committee regrets to inform you that the difficult decision to cancel this year's races has been made. We would like to thank our sponsors who have made Thunder on Webster Lake possible and we look forward to returning in 2015.
The official Press release from ACHA is as follows:
July 30th, 2014. Salaberry-De-Valleyfield - In a mutual agreement between the Promoter Michael Grendell and the American Canadian Hydroplane Association it was decided that the 2014 Webster Event scheduled for August 23rd and 24th be cancelled. Insufficient funding is the root of this decision.
Over the past few years the Regates de Valleyfied organization, through its budget for the development of sites has offered important financial sums to the event in order to sustain it. Unfortunately the inclement weather on Sunday July 13th created an important decrease in the organization's revenue leaving little room to support another event.
Also the Webster's organization is not in a position to make up the monetary difference that would allow the Event to take place. SO that the ACHA 2015 Championship series is not jeopardized, corrective measures are immediately being taken, stated Mr. Michael Poirier, General Manager of the Regates de Valleyfield. It is strictly for financial reasons that both parties regret to announce the cancellation of the 2014 edition of the Webster event.
It is to be noted that these measures in no way affect the three remaining events on the calendar, St-Felicein, Tonawanda, and Beauharnois. The goal of all events is to generate sufficient revenues to become fully autonomous in the long term. Both the Promoter and the General Manager of Regates de Valleyfield hope that these drastic measures are only temporary and that the Event will be part of the 2015 ACHA Series.