Last Sunday's powerboat races proved to be a big hit for the city of Fall River and the Offshore Powerboat Association has already been wondering when Fall River plans to hold their next race.

According to The Herald News, race organizer, Mike Lund stated that the racers loved the venue and the race course, and they all want to come back.

Lund, who owns the Borden Light Marina on Ferry Street, organized and hosted last Sunday’s event. 33 high-powered boats competed on the Taunton River that went from the beach at lower Kennedy Park, under the Braga Bridge, and up to the turnaround at Point Gloria.

There is no official estimate of how many people attended the races, but between the races and the ceremonies at Battleship Cove, thousands of people visited the waterfront last weekend.

The OPA holds a series of races around the country for powerboats. These boats can travel at speeds faster than 100 mph and the Fall River Grand Prix was the newest addition to the race schedule. The week prior to Fall River, racers took it to the waters of Port Huron, Michigan.

Mayor Sam Sutter stated that “Both events were a big success. I was around a lot of places on Sunday, speaking to people watching the races. People had fun.”

Sutter is looking into having Fall River hold the event every summer.

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez

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