2019 54th Annual Columbia Cup Hydroplane Races On The Columbia River | Water Follies

50th Annual Columbia Cup Hydroplane Races On The Columbia River 2015The 2019 HAPO Columbia Cup will mark the 54th time Unlimited Hydroplanes have raced on the Columbia River. This year’s event, like the inaugural in 1966, will most likely have 12 Unlimited's in attendance. But the modern Unlimited Hydroplane has very little in common with those first boats that churned the waters of the Columbia River. The hydroplanes of today are almost more plane than hydro. They are thirty foot long; 7,000 pound wings that glide over the water with only the bare minimum of the boat making contact with the river. Powered by turbine engines capable of nearly 3,000 hp, the boats can reach straightaway speeds close to 200 miles per hour. Qualifying lap averages in the mid 160 mph range are common with the faster boats in the fleet. To put it in simpler terms, at speed, an Unlimited Hydroplane will travel more than the length of a football field in the space of a second. Celebrating 54 years of High-Speed Action on the Water and in the Air, the 54th Annual Columbia Cup Hydroplane Races On The Columbia River is happening on July 24 to 28.

54th Annual Columbia Cup Hydroplane Races on the Columbia River
Well it’s that time of year again, time to head down to Kennewick Washington's Columbia Park for the 54th Annual Columbia Cup for the Unlimited Hydroplanes race at the Water Follies.

Nearly 70,000 spectators from throughout the Northwest will converge along the Kennewick and Pasco banks of the Columbia River to enjoy the races and a spectacular air show featuring an alpha jet.

The Water Follies sponsored by Lamb Weston will take place, July 24 to 28, and will be full of high speed hydroplane racing in the Columbia River and an over the river air show. The weekend festivities will begin on Wednesday, July 24 and finish up on Sunday, July 28. The rest of the weekend will be full of various hydroplane heats, air shows and fly-ins, food, and other festivities here is a complete schedule of events for the weekend.

Columbia Cup Tickets
The cost to attend the Water Follies varies depending on the type of package you would like to purchase.  For more information, visit https://waterfollies.com/general-admission/

Weekend's Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, JULY 24, 2019
4:00 PM —
6:00 PM
Hydro’s at the Mall
Columbia Center, Kennewick, WA

Friday, JULY 26, 2019
8:00 AM
Park Opens
8:00 AM
H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
9:00 AM
Open Testing 1
9:45 AM
H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
10:45 AM
Open Testing 2
11:30 AM
HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:20 PM
5 Liter Hydroplane Heat 1
1:30 PM
H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying
3:50 PM
Vintage 1 Hydroplane Dash
4:10 PM
Vintage 2 Hydroplane Dash
4:25 PM
5 Liter Hydroplane Heat 1
4:40 PM
Grand Prix Hydroplane Dash
5:05 PM
United States Navy H1 Unlimited Dash for Cash

Saturday, JULY 27, 2019
8:00 AM
Park Opens
8:15 AM
Open Testing
9:10 AM
Vintage 1 Heat 1
9:30 AM
Vintage 2 Heat 1
9:50 AM
5 Liter Hydroplane Heat 3
10:00 AM
H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
11:30 AM
HAPO Over the River Air Show
12:00 PM
All Drivers Autograph Session at the Stage
1:25 PM
5 Liter Hydroplane Heat 4
1:50 PM
CO-Energy H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1A
2:15 PM
Arizona Mobile H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1B
2:40 PM
Grand Prix World Hydroplane Heat 1
3:05 PM
Vintage 1 Heat 2
3:15 PM
HAPO All Pilots Autograph Session at the Stage
3:30 PM
Vintage 2 Heat 2
3:55 PM
Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat 2
4:20 PM
SM El Pueblo Market H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2A
4:20 PM
SM El Pueblo Market H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2A
4:45 PM
SM El Pueblo Market H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2B

Sunday, JULY 28, 2019
7:00 AM
Park Opens
7:00 AM
Church Service
8:00 AM
Open Testing
9:20 AM
Vintage 1 Heat 3
9:45 AM
Vintage 2 Heat 3
10:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies
10:30 AM
5 Liter Hydroplane Heat 5
10:55 AM
Parr Lumber H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3A
11:20 AM
Parr Lumber H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3B
11:30 AM
HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:35 PM
Grand Prix World Hydroplane Heat 3
2:00 PM
5 Liter Hydroplane Final
2:25 PM
The Truss Company H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 4A
2:50 PM
The Truss Company H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 4B
3:15 PM
Vintage 1 Heat 4
3:40 PM
Vintage 2 Heat 4
4:05 PM
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 598 & International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 112 Grand Prix World Thunder Cup
4:30 PM
HAPO H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Columbia Cup
Event Schedule Subject to Change

For more information go to http://www.waterfollies.com/


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3 Responses to "2019 54th Annual Columbia Cup Hydroplane Races On The Columbia River | Water Follies"

Shirley Kelly wrote: Great information and it sounds like guest are in for a really good time. I was surprised by how reasonably priced the admission tickets are. I spend more than that going out to the movies.

Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 12:53pm.

Lamb Weston’s Free Fry Friday Throughout Tri Cities Washington wrote: [...][...] Lamb Weston, this year’s sponsor of the Columbia Cup is also sponsoring Free Fry Friday today, July 23. Stop by a participating restaurant and order [...][...]

Posted on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 7:02am.

Summer Events at Clover Island Inn in Kennewick Wa wrote: [...][...] Party On July 29, 2011 come on out to Clover Island Inn for an evening of fun and gear up for the 46th Annual Columbia Cup Hydroplane Races, Colorblind will be playing. Things will kick off at 7:00pm and go until about 11:00pm. The cost is [...][...]

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 3:03pm.