6th Annual Kenmore Hydroplane Cup

On April 6th title sponsor 192 Brewery with the Seattle Outboard proudly presents the 6th Annual Kenmore Hydroplane Cup.  The 2 and 3 cylinder outboards will leave the Kenmore Boat Launch for a timed exhibition race around a buoy at the entrance to the slough upriver past the boat launch, and Squires Landing, around the bend to the right and around another buoy at the Kenmore City Limits, and back to the Kenmore Boat Launch. Only one boat at a time will be on the river. The Vintage Inboards will be doing a show and shine at the Kenmore Boat Launch—Also an Unlimited will be parked at the Boat Launch for a photo opportunity.  This will the first year of a Jet Sprint Boat owned by the Swindall Brothers of Tacoma on display.  Bring your cameras—take your picture in one of their boats.  This change was made to accommodate the construction on the waterway. 


We have had an average of 25 boats for the last few years, this year we are expecting increasing entries.  We have had an overwhelming response from the boating community.


The opening ceremonies will start at 10 am with races starting at 12 noon and running until about 4 pm. We will have in attendance past unlimited drivers.  Kenmore Native, Kay Myers Brewer will be announcing the river race with Jim Olsen assisting.  Admission is free for the event.  The best viewing areas will be the 68th Ave bridge walkway and Squires Landing.


On Friday, April 5th, the community is invited to the 6th Annual Hydro Happy Hour at the 192 Brewery .  Hydroplanes will be on display at this location.  Come meet drivers past and present at this event.  Parking is limited, so plan ahead.

This historic event has brought the community to the banks of the Sammamish Slough since 1938 and ended in 1976.  The idea to reintroduce the event came after local artist, Amberly “Gaul” Culley organized the Sammamish Slough race exhibit at Kenmore City Hall in 2013. 


Derek Wyckoff and his crew at 192 Brewing Company are excited to celebrate the history of the slough race by starting off the event with a Hydro Happy Hour.  This year they are our title sponsor. They are a great venue to go grab a micro brew beer and order something off the menu that will definitely satisfy you and enjoy their cozy and rustic atmosphere.  We are also very thankful for North Lake Marina and the Davidson brothers for allowing the Vintage Inboards to pit their boats and to showcase a part of a long going history that hydroplane racing has to offer for the last 4 years.  Plywood Supply, C&M Trophy, and Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum also have sponsored this event for the last 5 years. 


Please welcome some new sponsors this year—RJ Masonry Inc, Olsons Hydro’s, Pierre’s Dock, Parker Henry Glass, Compton Lumber, and Mark Lord of Seattle Watersports

This year bring your family out to create your own Sammamish slough memories.


192 Brewery and Derek Wyckoff, the Seattle Outboard Association and all of our community sponsors look forward to seeing you all out at the 6th Annual Kenmore Hydroplane Cup.  This will be an exciting event so please grab your friends and family and come on down to watch history once more in the making!


Event Date: 
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Kenmore Boat Launch
17150 68th Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
United States
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Last updated: Mon, 04/01/2019 - 3:08pm