2017 Schedule

Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Schedule
We’re starting to piece together the 2017 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Schedule. Check back often as we build out a convenient way for you to stay up-to-date on each event.

Madison: June 30 – July 2

MainSource Bank Madison Regatta Presented by Bellter Casino Resort
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Tri-Cities: July 28 – 30

HAPO Columbia Cup at the Tri-Cities Water Follies
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Seattle: August 4-6

Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup
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38 thoughts on “2017 Schedule

  • October 8, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I live on Point Fermin in San Pedro, CA. As I get up this Sat. AM it sounds like someone running a hydroplane off the point. But if they race in San Diego I don’t think they would add a race in Long Beach.

    Logical sponsors to revive this sport would be Red Bull, Monster, maybe FedEx.

    Grew up in Detroit, Roostertail restaurant, Schaeffer’s Such Crust, Pride of Pay n Pak, oh man!

  • September 28, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    The status of the competition is due in part to how they treat the fans and probably even the sponsors. I came from a state “On any Sunday” racing was Widow Maker hill climb or Bonneville Raceway. Now living in Seattle the only way to really see the races is to have pit pa$ses. I did that a couple of times. Under Delta sponsorship. It was great and an eye opener, after being only a fan but seeing how the other half lives, so to speak.
    Before only experiancing the joy of sitting in weeds along the bank of Lake Washington and seeing lots of action and folks like your friendly pirates getting involved but noticing a complete incoherance of activities etc.
    There needs to be a JR class, near the spectators. There should be a Jug class (V12) and a unlimited class. (The V12’s were WW2 engines.)
    Side note: For 700 bucks you can build your own Jr Class boat, in a class room, at the Kent Hydro Museum. There is a sport drive force but it could and should be much, much bigger. The shows much more fun and accessible
    Anymore, I mostly just attend by driving my boat over for the close up of the fly byes on the other side of the bridge for the Blue Angels. Its a party on the water. Being on the water is great. Its almost as much fun as being on the Base as the jets land 20 feet over your head. The MP’s dont like that though.
    While attending 2016 San Diego PAX, we made it over to “Marine Land”. SHAMOO was the biggest let down, because the Public eye is that the killer Whales are being miss treated. It was a dead boaring show. If not for the Seal and Otter show I would have written the Marineland Park off. But this is the trend…minority groups of advocates ruening venues and festivities to push there own agendas to be “politically right”.
    I just spent the last year working on the restoration of the Vintage (Miss Madson) Pay-n-Pak, and the Bardaul. Neither boat got completed in time for this years events in San Diego. It was sad. But then there is my buddy who’s Company sponsors the miss Madson boat that won the 2016 event in San Diego. He was questioning me, “Miss Madson Won…Did you hear”…well it should be bigger news. But there is alot of great things going un-noticed these days, and alot of places to focus. With the talks of going completly electric cars here in Seattle. Or taking over the HOV lanes, for trains. You begin to realize there is an under tow, and we might all be falling into it. Just to be politically correct. To me thats just plain un American. (Best of the Best, its not)…they dont get it, now its, “how do we fix global warming.”, “How do we protect these little animals”. Etc. Dont get me wrong Im an advocate of nature, I love the outdoors. But change is inevitable in everything. The foundation of life is being rocked. My kids know nothing about mechanics, cars etc. Its been ripped out from our society. No more shop class. Bussing everyone, our kids especially, has created a new persona of what is exceptable.
    There is a new agenda at hand.
    How do you sustain these other things when we only support generic, boring, non individualistic, creations. No more Radio Shacks, no more Ace Hardware stores. Only generic boaring Socialist views. It is the trend. We are in trouble, and have lost alot, and continue to loose alot along the way, every day.

  • August 20, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    I remember as a kid living in Seattle in the late 40’s especially the early 50’s, we saw Slo-Mo, Quick Silver flip and burn It was so exciting to walk among the pits, the rooter tails on Lake Wasington. Even saw the 707 prototype do a barrel roll over the lake. The sport needs leadership. It is so exciting to see.

  • August 13, 2016 at 2:21 AM

    How many displace Seattle, Washington fans in Arizona?

  • July 30, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    I am saddened to read the assuming lack of interest in the most amazing sport. I grew up in Seattle in the 50’s and the enthusiasm was tremendous. There is nothing like the sound of these huge monsters as they cut through the waters devouring the water and air just where they meet and spewing out the enormous rooster tails behind them. For me, it is greater than any car race you can ever see. I live in Daytona Beach, Florida and could care less about the cars keeping me awake all night with their noise but give me an unlimited hydroplane race and I’m right there. Unfortunately I live at opposite ends of the states and can’t get to Seattle that often. You know, Florida has a huge lake, Lake Okeechobee. How about having races here? What the organization needs is someone with some real drive to spark the interest of people who have never heard of these races, and to push to bring these races to new parts of the country and to revive the interest in the race to people that have become complacent to the sport. The organization needs an energetic, enthusiastic PR magnet with new ideas to inform sports enthusiasts throughout the country of this wonderful old sport and revive it to the magnitude of greatness it deserves. I have told people about the races and they think I’m talking about the offshore races; that is nothing more than a drag race for cigarette boats! Whoopee-do! I try to explain to them the difference in the boats and they have no comprehension of what I am saying. In this day and age there is no reason for anyone to not know about hydroplane races. Advertise on TV throughout the country. Inform on the internet. Get the word out, get pictures out. Don’t let this sport die; it is too magnificent to let it become something of the past. People love speed. So PR people get your speed up and get this wonderful sport out there once again!

  • June 8, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    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.

    • July 15, 2016 at 3:53 PM

      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!

      • July 31, 2016 at 2:00 AM

        I’ve been going since the Days of Bardahl and Bud and Atlas Van Lines with Bill Muncy and all the competition between Detroit and us

    • August 1, 2016 at 3:21 AM

      I couldnt agree more. This is an awesome sport and should it be something that more people came in contact with I think it would grow like crazy. Im lucky and 2 of the 5 races are in my area and have been events Ive been there to watch for as long as I can remember. Ive worked for 2 companies that have either sponsored boats. I’d love to own one of these amazing boats not just because nothing beats a weekend of fun with family on the water with Blues in tbe sky and hydros tearin up the water but also because it was an amazing experience doing a couple laps with one on Lake Washington. With all the rediculousness and silly shit our government focuses on I think congress needs to take action and require every city in America host a race once a year! Thatd be the day but for now all I can do is enjoy the races that are there to enjoy. Id love to be a part of making this sport grow if I could. Things like Miss Bud becoming more common would be awesome. Sadly tho, this will be the 1st Seafair with no Oberto. Hopefully someone stepds up because someone had better beat Graham Trucking!

  • February 3, 2016 at 6:38 PM

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

    • July 15, 2016 at 3:44 PM

      Unfortunately, the closest to Folsom will be Bayfair in San Diego.

  • September 10, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Is there any television coverage of this racing series ?.

    • October 31, 2015 at 12:11 PM

      The September 15 Chairman’s Corner on the H1 web site at : http://www.h1unlimited.com/2015/09/chairmans-corner-9152015/. Should give you an early glimpse of the direction they’re going.

      We’re starting to pull together our Schedule page for 2016, so share any insights that come your way!

    • July 26, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      I know kndu from tri cities WA broadcasts for the water follies on the Columbia this weekend!

  • August 23, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    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.

    • July 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM

      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.

      • September 1, 2016 at 11:09 AM

        I grew up in Kent and did the same.

  • July 26, 2015 at 3:43 PM

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

    • July 16, 2016 at 3:01 PM

      Hello I`m just sick thinking of my very favorite interest is fading away.Is their a way I can hear the action from Tri-cities ? I remember all the greats of this sport I use to look at the Pay-n-Pak and the man driving as my hero because he risked his life for the future of the sport. He did get hurt and I feel terrible for forgetting his name.But Chip will always be my favorite real living hero. Thank you for your interest in the sport.. Bye Charles chbaughn3#att.net

  • June 27, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    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.

    • January 2, 2016 at 8:53 PM

      I watched slo-mo 4 & 5 race. I was allowed to walk all around the boat area in those days. Like you, I miss it.

    • January 20, 2016 at 4:33 PM

      Dana my dad owned buzzard electric quite a find I just accidentally ran into!! My name is Jim Headley my father was John.

  • June 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM

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

  • May 31, 2015 at 6:42 PM

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

  • May 28, 2015 at 8:40 AM

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

  • May 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    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

    • May 25, 2015 at 2:59 PM

      Lou, thanks for the question. Watch for a new post soon addressing all three venues!

      UHR Dave

  • October 12, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    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.

  • June 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    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!

  • June 28, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    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!

  • June 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    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?

    • July 17, 2016 at 7:40 PM

      Executive sweet
      I lived in LHC for fifteen years and i can’t remember a unlimited race being healed there but I remember one unlimited that use to come their for test runs. I think it makes alto of sense to bring them back and I know a person that might be able to help it happen if someone that has and interest email me atJensba44@Gmail.com and I will exsplane.

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  • November 6, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    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.

    • November 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      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!

  • May 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    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.

    • May 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      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.


  • July 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    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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