Powerboat racer Warren Brown of Galloway Township is expected to be among the contenders this weekend at the 24th annual Daniel J. Murphy Jr. Memorial Regatta on Lake Lenape in Mays Landing.

Heats and finals, each a four-mile distance, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday on a mile oval on the lake.

Brown and his Jersey Speed Skiff "Kiss" are third in American Power Boat Association national high points in the crowded Skiffs division, and he's looking to go higher.

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Admission is free at various spectator sites around Lake Lenape. For a closer look, a fan can purchase a $10 pit pass at the Park Road race site, which provides access both days to the area where the boats and racers are stationed.

Brown didn't get a top-three finish either day in the finals at the 2012 Murphy Regatta.

But he and his crew have completely overhauled "Kiss." The boat, JS65, is white with red trim.

"The boat has been running really well," Brown said. "We were able to buy a new motor at the beginning of the season. We upgraded a lot of parts and gave it a new carburetor."

Brown was the overall Skiffs winner at the Cambridge Classic on July 27 and 28 in Cambridge, Md.

The Murphy Regatta has five hyrdoplane divisions, but Skiffs aren't hyrdros. Skiffs have a classic powerboat hull. A riding mechanic, who charts the course and checks dials, is in the boat with the driver. Brown's riding mechanic is son Warren Brown IV.

The event will consist of five classes of inboatd hydroplanes, plus Skiffs and pro stock ski boats.

"It should be great racing," George Conover Sr., the race director, said. "We expect about 30 entries, and that's good for the (smaller) size of our pit area.

"It looks like we'll have good weather this weekend too."

The event honors the late Dan Murphy, a hydroplane racer from the 1940s and 1950, who lived in Atlantic City and Longport. Mary Ann Murphy, Dan Murphy's widow, will be there and will give out the awards after Sunday's racing.

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