It’s been a long 43 years since the roar of the Hydros has seen the beaches of Vancouver, and this week the fastest race boats in the world will return today and tomorrow.

Fans and adrenaline junkies are invited to watch as a small fleet of H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes take to the Columbia River to run an exhibition test before their 2022 season. Here is the rundown of events and what to expect when you see them hitting 190MPH + along the columbia

THURSDAY, MAY 19:UNLIMITED HYDROPLANE BOAT SHOWCASE PUBLIC VIEWING

Come see five Unlimited Hydroplanes up close and talk to teams and drivers. Merchandise sales and autographs will be available as well as more information about the H1 Racing Series and 2022 H1 Unlimited schedule. Special parking will be available from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for viewing Hydroplanes at Block 24 parking lot south of the Hilton Vancouver. Entrance at 4th St off Columbia Way.

Location: Phil Arnold Way, Downtown Vancouver, From 9:30 am – 1:30 Here is a look at the exhibition teams:
  • U8 – Strong Racing – Sponsor Visit Tri-Cities. Driver J. Michael Kelly
  • U11 – Unlimited Racing Group – Sponsor U-11 May Awning and Patio. Driver Jamie Nilsen
  • U40 – Bucket List Racing – Sponsor Beacon Plumbing. Driver Dave Villwock
  • U-91 – Miss Madison Racing – Sponsor Goodman Real Estate. Driver Jeff Bernard
FRIDAY, MAY 20: 
UNLIMITED HYDROPLANE EXHIBITION ON THE COLUMBIA RIVERWatch as the Unlimited hydroplanes take the water one at a time for test runs on the Columbia River. Special parking will be available in fields by the entrance to the Old Apple Tree across from Waterfront Park on SW Columbia Way as weather permits. Parking is also available at Waterfront Park by Who Song & Larry’s. Please do not park in business and residence parking or restaurant parking unless you are eating there. When: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Best place to view the hydroplanes on the water is from Waterfront Park east of Who Song & Larry’s along the Renaissance Trail to Beaches and McMenamins Restaurants.          
Mariner Information: The Coast Guard plans to establish a safety zone around the exhibition, for the safety of the maritime public, between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No vessels will be permitted to anchor or loiter within the zone and all vessels desiring to transit the zone must contact the Coast Guard on Channel 16 to request permission. The zone will extend between Hayden Island and the Vancouver side of the Columbia River, starting at approximately 700 yards east of the I-5 bridge and extending to the east end of Hayden Island.

 

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