Hydroplanes will roar again on Lake Coeur d’Alene

Hydroplanes will roar again on Lake Coeur d’Alene

They’re coming back. After decades of absence and controversy, hydroplane races will return to Lake Coeur d’Alene, with the Diamond Cup Regatta scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

Organizers made the announcement Friday, then took reporters and dignitaries on a cruise to show off the course.

The regatta will include H-1 unlimited hydroplanes competing in an exhibition race. Organizers are hoping for an even bigger event in 2013.

Hydroplanes will roar again on Lake Coeur d’Alene

This is the first time hydros have graced Coeur d’Alene since the races were put on hold in the 1960’s. Back then, more than 100,000 people would line the shores and sit on top of Tubbs Hill to watch the races. But, crowd control and security became a problem and the city has twice voted not to have the races return.

This race will not be held within the city limits. Instead, races will be near the Silver Beach marina and county permits have already been issued.

Now, the fundraising and planning really kicks into high gear. Organizers know things may start out small, but they’re eventually hoping to return the Diamond Cup to its previous glory. They point to the races in Tri-Cities as an example of what this could bring into the community. Those races bring an estimated $12 million into the community each year.

For more information, visit www.diamondcupcda.com