2016 Schedule

Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Schedule

We’re starting to piece together the 2016 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Season. Only a few official announcements, but if you have some “un-official” information, we’re happy to add it (and note it as such.) Just let us know in the comments below. If you’d rather submit your information more “discreetly” just contact UHR directly.

We’ll start adding quick-reference links and you tell us if there’s anything specific you want to see. We’ll keep this up to date as more detail is known about the 2016 schedule, so check back often. After all, it’s all about helping fans enjoy the sport!

July 1-3, 2016 | Madison, IN | Madison Regatta

Event web site

July 29-31, 2016 | Kennewick, WA | Tri-Cities Water Follies HAPO Gold Cup

Event web site  |  Tickets & Parking

August 5-7, 2016 | Seattle, WA | Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup

Event web site  |  Tickets

August 20-21, 2016 | Detroit, MI | Spirit of Detroit HydroFest

Event web site | Media

September 16-18, 2016 | San Diego, CA | Bayfair Bill Muncey Cup

Event web site

All dates and times subject to change.


  1. Richard Maloney

    This schedule explains why the sport is dying. It’s June, and the post says “just five races,” and encourages unofficial news.

    There has never been competent leadership in this “sport.” In the sixties, they killed off all their drivers. That led to driving off all but one anchor sponsor– Budweiser. That sponsorship hung by a thread (Bernie Little), and once he passed, no more Bud. The level of competition is poor, and the promotion of it is essentially nil.

    There is so friggin’ much money among the new 1%ers, yet this sport is utterly incapable of attracting it. A wasted opportunity, because at its best, unlimited are tremendously exciting.

    • Richard, we’re pretty bummed, too. Like you, as fans of the sport, we’d love to see expanded schedules, vibrant events, and advertisers clamoring to be a part of them.

      I wish the crystal ball was clear and had blue skies and calm water. Unfortunately, it appears to be just the opposite. Keep the faith, and we’ll keep stirring the pot.

      Thank you!

  2. What are the chances of a race on folsom lake in folsom California this year?

  3. Is there any television coverage of this racing series ?.

  4. Grew up in Seattle by lake Washington and the Hydros was a big part of my life, now that i live in Arizona and u stoped the racing in Lake Havasu, why? You really need to bring it back there and like the comment above you would have three states involved to watch. PLEASE bring it back to Havasu i really miss the Hydros.

    • I grew up in Kirkland and I live in surprise now. I used to ride my bike around the neighborhood as a kid with a wooden hydro on a string.

  5. gary williamson

    does a radio station in seattle carry the final heat of the gold cup race in tri-cities today?

  6. I have had the pleasure of attending numerous Tri-Cities & Sea Fair Cups. Dating back, to, like 1967 or 1968 when Buzzard Electric was running, Bill Muncie was drifting into shore & he was shouting at me, my brother & my brother-in-law’s brother to give him a push off shore, so he could continue, He was quite a Jerk, but aren’t most people of his caliber? We must have been 12, 10, & 9 yrs old. That was 48 years ago. Since my older brother was a manager at Buzzard Electric, which was merged with Eagle Electric to form the Stellar Pay-N-Pak chain of stores, we got to go to most corporate sponsored events. Those early days were quite special when they ran Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines. The Screaming Eagle & the Pride of PayNPak were awsome competitors & it was extra special to see one of them, win the Cup for two of the most influencial innovators of the sport, who were responsible for the development & inclusion of Turbine engines! I still enjoy attending events, when I am able to travel to the events.

  7. Michael Brittan

    That hurts. I’ve been attending the Detroit boat race since the 1970’s.

  8. No race in Detroit,you have got to be kidding?

  9. Sure would love to see a [new?] class developed for piston driven boats. It should be called THUNDERBOATS! I do miss’m.

  10. Along with no Coeur d’ Alene and Doha I don’t see Detroit on the schedule.

    Is there any chance of Evansville ever being put back on the schedule?

    Lou B

  11. Attended the APBA time trials at Devils Lake Or this September and have some pictures I’d like to share. Unable to find a Web site for Columbia apba. First timer but won’t be the last time. Nice group, very friendly! See you next year.

  12. Vintage Fan, Too!

    Please bring back the Vintage Hydroplanes to run between heats. It keeps the fans engaged and gives the younger fans a chance to see how the sport has evolved!

  13. Please bring back the Vintage Hydroplanes to run between the Unlimited heats. It keeps the fans involved and shows the younger folks how hydroplane racing has changed through the years!

  14. Been on the water 3 times in lake washington for the races which was awesome although the blue angels stole the show! Given it’s popularity, why is Lake Havasu not included in the schedule? There would be fans from 3 states & more reliable water conditions than San Diego! Comment?

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  16. Need more people at the Folsom Lake event (more water would help too) Think snow!
    I think lower ticket prices would increase attendence. Make it up on selling sundries.
    An informal survey of people I taked with that didn’t go said the price was too high.
    Thanks look forward to a good show next year.

    • You make a good point, Peter. I can see the value in making the even more affordable and make up for it by having a lot more people enjoy the show. Thanks for following UnlimitedHydroplaneRacing.com!

  17. i am comfused.how can H1 advertise as the worlds fastest boats when top fuel dragboats have consistitly been from 250 mph to over 260 mph.i love boat racing but i think these guys should get due respect.help me understand this.they have developed and been useing break away capsules for quite sometime now.witch are now being used in NHRA dragsters.

    • Kenny, you raise an excellent point. I have to admit that I don’t have a lot a familiarity with drag boats, but after some research, realize they are unbelievably fast. At about 260 MPH, they do seem to the “fastest.” I’m not sure how H1 can say Unlimited Hydroplanes are the fastest boats in the world, but it is a comment used by many – including me.

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention – I’ll be sure to be more careful in the future how I refer to Unlimited Hydroplane Racing.


  18. Thanks for your article regarding the Diamond Cup Regatta in Coeur d’ Alene . I am the President / Race Director for the Regatta. This years event is Aug 31 – Sept 2 . This is my 4th year and 3rd event in bringing the boats back to Lake Coeur d’ Alene. We are finally permitted to have Races again. Please feel free to call or email anytime. Cell 208-691-1612 email : dmiller@naabellc.com

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