It's time to get serious in the Tri-Cities and the race for the HAPO Columbia Cup

The 2017 season kicked off with the MainSource Bank Madison Regatta

Indiana Governors Cup


Four H1 Unlimiteds; the U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank with Jimmy Shane, U-9 Les Schwab Tires with Andrew Tate, U-21 PayneWest Insurance with Brian Perkins, 440 Bucket List Racing with Dustin Echols plus the vintage 1973 Pay N Pak and the Hopp Racing GPW hydroplane spent the day under beautiful skies on the Columbia River.

     All the teams completed multiple runs, trying various set-ups, and testing updates completed over the past winter months. The results of the testing data acquired will be used to develop setups for the upcoming racing season across the country.

    Always a popular event the last few years in the Tri-Cities, this year the crowd was at its largest to date. A couple major sponsors were on-hand, several foods trucks, and great weather made it a very enjoyable event.

     The 1973 Pay N Pak made it's first formal public debut on the Columbia River. Mary Henley, wife of the late George Henley was on-hand for the champagne christening of the boat before both Dr. Ken Muscatel and Mike Hanson put it through it's paces with several runs throughout the day. 

      The boats' debut was a success and it is scheduled to return in July for the 2017 HAPO Columbia Cup as a part of the vintage exhibition.

      The NewsJournal has a complete Tri-Cities testing wrap-up in this issue.

Tri-Cities Spring Testing session Is A Wrap

     In addition to the racing, a week-long festival was held beginning June 24. Several events including the annual pageant, fireworks, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and the inaugural Madison Regatta Music and Food Truck Festival were featured.

                  The Unlimited NewsJournal will have an in-depth Madison race report in our next issue.

                            The Guntersville Lake Hydrofest Test session was held, Saturday June 17.

       Three boats participated in a day long event, the U-1 Miss HomeStreet, U-27 Wiggins Racing, and the vintage Gale V, all were on the water throughout the day. A good size crowd turned out for the event and the session received rave reviews for a crowd mostly new to unlimited hydroplanes.

      The testing session was an opportunity for the H1 Unlimiteds to prepare for the 2017 race season and a chance for further planning and preparations for next years Guntersville Lake H1 unlimited race scheduled for June 22-24, 2018. More information can be found at

     The NewsJournal has a full report from the Guntersville testing session in this month's issue.

 The H1 unlimited season got underway and brought fans to the shores of the Ohio river.

        MainSource Bank, which has branches in both Madison and Hanover, joined Midwest Tube Mills, as sponsors of this year’s event from June 30 - July 2.

      This years MainSource Bank Regatta Indiana Governor's Cup featured four H1 unlimited hydroplanes, the U-1, U-9, U-11, U-27 in a shootout format, non-points exhibition and ten Grand Prix West hydros competing in their first race of the summer.  

     Andrew Tate in the U-9 Auxier Marketing/Les Schwab/RealTrac edged out Jimmy Shane in the hometown Miss HomeStreet Bank for the win under sunny skies on Sunday. Tom Thompson finished third in the U-11 J & D's  Metal Fabrication and JW Myers was fourth in the U-27 Wiggins Racing.

    In Grand Prix Final, Greg Hopp took first in the GP-12, Jerry Hopp GP-15 was second, Jamie Nilsen GP-55 was third, and Rob Hall GP-74 finished fourth.  

Monthly Meeting of the UNLIMITED NewsJournal/Unlimiteds Unanimous

     Next Meeting: Sunday August 13th 2:00 pm

     Des Moines Public Library - Meeting Room

                 click on library photo for link to directions

The H1 fleet heads to the northwest on the Columbia River, July 28-30 and the race begins for the H1 National Points title.  A full field of H1 unlimiteds are expected, Grand Prix hydros, 5 liter hydroplanes, and the vintage unlimiteds round out 3 days of action on the water.

      In addition, the HAPO Over The River airshow will take place overhead between testing, the Dash For Cash, and racing on the water all weekend long.