H1 Unlimited hydroplanes are the fastest racing boats in the world and their races are sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, doing business as H1 Unlimited. The Unlimiteds are powered by turbine and piston engines that produce over 3,000 horsepower, allowing the hydroplanes to reach speeds of over 200 mph, producing a massive 60-foot tall, 300-foot long wall of water called a “roostertail” behind them. The majestic hydroplanes race in front of shorelines packed with fans on lakes and rivers throughout the United States.
The 2019 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series kicked-off in Guntersville, Alabama, home of the Guntersville Lake Hydrofest and the Race for the Southern Cup, won by Jimmy Shane in the U-6 “Miss HomeStreet”.
From there, the boats headed to Madison, Indiana, home of the only community-owned hydroplane on the circuit for the APBA Gold Cup Madison Regatta on the Ohio River. The Gold Cup was won by Jimmy Shane in the hometown U-6 “Miss Homestreet” for Shane’s fourth Gold Cup victory and the fourth by the Miss Madison team as well.
The next stop is the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington for the HAPO Columbia Cup and a sun-baked weekend on one of the super speedways of the series – look for speeds topping 200 mph.
Seattle, Washington hosts the fourth race, the HomeStreet Bank Cup at Seafair 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 every participant’s list.
The season finishes on beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego, California at the HomeStreet Bank Bayfair Cup. The finale is sure to include a battle for the season high points championship, guaranteeing deck-to-deck battles until the final checkered flag!
If you haven’t experienced H1 Unlimited hydroplane racing in person, choose an event, get down to the shore and see what makes this “the most spectacular sport on the water.”