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About

A Little History and Meet the Board

The races have a long history in Wrangell.  From what we can gather, racing has been going on in Wrangell starting in the 1920's through the early 90's.  They were put on hold for several years, but fans never forgot.  In 2016, A group of race fans got together and formed a committee to bring back the races.  The committee worked in partnership with the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce, secured permits and insurance, and finally, in 2017, our beloved 4th of July races returned.  As times have changed, and we are more focused on safety, races have a different style; drag as opposed to circular, but they are still the highlight of the 4th of July, nonetheless.   We have been running races every fourth, with the exception of the "year of the Covid", and in 2021  became our own non-profit as originally planned.  With that and increased insurance costs, now more than ever, Sponsorships are extremely important to making the races happen and grow.  As we look forward, we hope to build the Wrangell 4th of July Boat Races.

Overview of the Races

  • Half day event held over the 4th of July at the popular location of Wrangell, AK City Dock

  • Boat types include outboards and jet boats

  • Unlimited and Tunnel Boats race in excess of 70mph

  • Courses include straight drag and slalom for jets

  • Races take place in a premier location in Southeast Alaska with ample viewing for fans

  • Boats compete close to viewing area (125 feet)

  • Wrangell 4th of July and races attract many people from all over the United States


Our board

consists of 6 members who also serve as APBA officials and wear many hats:


Penny Allen, Chair, Treasurer, Director, Commodore, Scorer


Marjy Wood, Vice Chair, Secretary, Director, Vice Commodore


John Waddington, Director, Referee


Clay Hammer, Race Director


Donna Massin, Risk Manager


Jeffrey Good, Inspector


We also have seemingly countless volunteers on race day who make up the safety crew.  Thank you volunteers!


Organizations and volunteers that make it all happen:

  • Wrangell 4th of July boat race committee

  • Stikine River Rats Racing Club

  • American Power Boat Association

  • Wrangell Chamber of Commerce

  • Wrangell Fire Department

  • Wrangell Police Department

  • Wrangell Port Authority

  • US Coast Guard

  • Racing Crews

  • Safety Crew

  • Sponsors

  • Fans

Pictured above: Gary Allen Sr. and Richard Kaer running rapids up the Sikine River