The HAPO Columbia Cup will kick off on Friday July 29th at 8:00 AM PDT with three days of speed, food and fun from the sun-drenched banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington and we will bring you closer than ever to our action with multiple ways of getting the latest LIVE info directly to your browser, your phone or tablet, and even your TV set with our live video, radio and chat!

Follow the 2016 HAPO Columbia Cup:

H1 2016 Mobile App: KNDU LIVE Video Streaming:
app_320x180We believe the best way to follow our sport is with our new H1 2016 app. The live chat, race results, updated schedule information, video links to live streaming is just a small piece of what the app provides. Some of the H1 2016 app features will be EXCLUSIVE and will not appear on the website or other social media platforms, so get the app on your phone TODAY!


KNDU TV brings live Sunday coverage of the 2016 HAPO Columbia Cup to their stations covering Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Water Follies coverage on Television & Online begins 1:00 PM-5:00 PM PDT Sunday, July 31st

KNDU: Charter channel 6, Antenna channel 25, Dish 25, DirecTV 23
KNDO: Charter channel 4, Antenna 23, Dish 25, DirecTV 23
SWX: Charter channel 183, Antenna 25.3 in Tri-Cities, 23.3 in Yakima

(Beginning Sunday July 31st at 1:00 PM PDT)

H1 LIVE Chat: KONA Radio:
During the HAPO Columbia Cup, we will have LIVE chat available, allowing you to interact with our moderators in the pits, as well as fans from around the world!

(Beginning July 1st at 8:00 AM EDT)

KONA 610 AM will cover the HAPO Columbia Cup LIVE, with coverage beginning Friday July 29th at 8:00 AM PDT through to the checkered flag for the Final Heat Sunday at 5:00 PM PDT and the awarding of the HAPO Columbia Cup to the winner!

(Beginning Friday July 29th at 8:00 AM PDT)


The HAPO Columbia Cup promises to have a full field, with three boats joining the fleet since Madison:

Rookie driver Dustin Echols pilots theT-53 turbine-powered U-18 Bucket List Racing for the first time after testing here in June.

Ed Cooper’s piston-powered U-3 Grigg’s Ace Hardware with Jimmy King driving returns, once again teaming up with their 2015 sponsor.

The Oberto name returns to H1 Unlimited racing onboard the U-16 Oh Boy! Oberto. The Ellstrom Racing entry has Canadian Jean Theoret back in the driver’s seat.

The Columbia Cup will be hot, fast and fun, and with the addition of an extra two heats (4A/B), Grand Prix West and five liter hydros, and five vintage hydroplanes, the action will be non-stop!



Columbia Park Opens 8:00 AM
Unlimited Testing 8:15 AM
5 Liter Testing 9:15 AM
Grand Prix West Testing 9:45 AM
Unlimited Testing 10:15 AM
HAPO Over the River Air Show 11:30 AM
5 Liter Heat 1 1:30 PM
Unlimited Qualifying 1:50 PM
Vintage Dash 3:55 PM
5 Liter Heat 2 4:20 PM
Grand Prix West Dash 4:40 PM
Unlimited Dash for Cash 5:05 PM


Columbia Park Opens 8:00 AM
Grand Prix West & 5 Liter Testing 8:15 AM
Vintage Exhibition 9:00 AM
5 Liter Heat 3 9:40 AM
Unlimited Testing 10:00 AM
HAPO Over the River Air Show 11:30 AM
All Drivers Autograph Session 12:00 PM
5 Liter Heat 4 1:30 PM
Grand Prix West Heat 1 1:50 PM
Unlimited Heat 1A 2:20 PM
Unlimited Heat 1B 2:40 PM
All Pilots Autograph Session 3:00 PM
Vintage Exhibition 3:10 PM
Grand Prix West Heat 2 3:50 PM
Unlimited Heat 2A 4:20 PM
Unlimited Heat 2B 4:40 PM


Columbia Park Opens 7:00 AM
Testing: H1, GPW, 5 Liter 8:00 AM
Vintage Exhibition 9:00 AM
5 Liter Heat 5 9:20 AM
Opening Ceremonies 9:50 AM
Unlimited Heat 3A 10:20 AM
Unlimited Heat 3B 10:40 AM
Grand Prix West Heat 3 11:00 AM
HAPO Over the River Air Show 11:30 AM
5 Liter Final Heat 1:30 PM
Unlimited Heat 4A 2:00 PM
Unlimited Heat 4B 2:20 PM
Grand Prix West Thunder Cup 2:50 PM
Vintage Exhibition 3:20 PM
HAPO Columbia Cup Final Heat 4:00 PM



With H1 Gold Club membership, you get the following benefits:

  • Exclusive Gold Club polo
  • Gold Club embroidered hat
  • Collectible Gold Club Card with a lanyard.
  • Cold pit access to every event of the H1 Unlimited circuit *does not include event admission
  • Exclusive small group session with either a driver/crew chief/ official/owner at each event.

Sign up for the Gold Club for these exclusive benefits!


Grab Your H1 Gear!

The Atomic Shirt Factory has all the H1 Unlimited and team apparel to get you ready for the 2016 HAPO Columbia Cup and for the entire season.


U-27 Flips in Madison U-5 Madison Final Heat 2015 Gold Cup Highlights


H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes are the fastest circuit racing boats in the world, powered by turbine engines producing 3000 horsepower, topping 200 MPH and trailing a 60 foot tall, 300 foot long wall of water called a “roostertail”. The driver then turns left, hooked into the water with a 4 foot tall, 400 pound fin that throws another wall of water that hangs in the air all the way through the turn. When you add in the danger of having one of these 6,500 pound boats take off like an airplane and combine it with 12 boats and 12 drivers all wanting to win, it equals unrivaled excitement!

This year we bring even more to each event with the addition of the supercharged V-8 Grand Prix boats, fire-breathing hydros capable of blistering acceleration and 175MPH+ top speeds!

Follow the H1 Unlimited 2016 season starting July 1-3 in Madison, Indiana, the home of the only community-owned hydroplane on the circuit for the MainSource Bank Indiana Governor’s Cup Madison Regatta presented by Belterra Casino Resort on the Ohio River. Once more we race on the 2.5 mile course that extends under the rebuilt Milton-Madison bridge, adding another level of excitement to the event.

From there we head west to the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington July 29-31 for the HAPO Columbia Cup for a sun-baked weekend on one of he super speedways of the series – look for speeds topping 200 MPH before the boats turn left!

Seattle, Washington hosts the Albert Lee Appliance Cup August 5-7 on the historic Lake Washington hydroplane course. The Seafair event always results in great racing as a majority of the teams have home bases and sponsors in the greater Seattle area and a win in their hometown is tops on everyone’s list.

The UAW/GM Hydrofest in Detroit, Michigan brings the prestigious APBA Gold Cup back to the Detroit River August 26-28. With FREE FRIDAY and a grueling schedule of four, 5 lap heats on an unpredictable course, you will see some spectacular racing on one of the most spectacular courses on the circuit – the Roostertail Turn has to be experienced at least once in your life!

The 2016 season winds up on beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego, California at Bayfair September 16-18. The finale is sure to include a battle for the season high points championship, guaranteeing deck-to-deck battles until the final checkered flag!

Follow the 2016 H1 Unlimited circuit, and if you haven’t experienced Unlimited racing in person, choose an event, get down to the shore and see what makes this sport the most spectacular on the water!