Reggie Day: A day dedicated to a local boating industry legend

CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WITN) – In Beaufort County, April 23rd, 2024, is now known as “Reggie Day.”

“Here proclaim that April 23rd, 2024, will be recognized as Reggie day in Beaufort County,” Frankie Waters, the Beaufort County Commissioners chairman declared.

The day honors Reginald Fountain Junior, who built a marine industry empire in the county.

Fountain is world renowned as a boat racer, winning the Formula One World Championships in 1976 and 1977.

Fountain says he set the world record of 171.9 mph once while ensuring the smoothest, safest ride.

He also mastered building high-performance fishing and sports boats.

“The most remarkable thing is winning all the races we ran with the good boats we had, and the good people that helped us build it, and all the people that helped us set them up. Wherever we went, we were up front,” Fountain said.

Fountain Powerboats grew into a reputable brand – even making boats for former president George H.W. Bush.

The company is now run by Fred Ross, who says he bought the business for its iconic name, success, and unbeatable speed.

“We’re working to bring that fishing industry back to the Fountain. That’s the biggest market out there so it’s really important for us to develop these new boats,” Ross explained.

For the past 45 years, Fountain’s billion-dollar business has made economic and civic contributions to Beaufort County, and now the county is saying thank you.

Fountain put more than 10,000 boats on the water in the past 45 years.

The company also dominated the offshore racing world as well.