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Hydro races get green light - again

Flier indicates event will be held during Labor Day weekend

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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Hydro race promoters say the races will return to Lake Coeur d'Alene this Labor Day weekend.

And, according to a flier marketing the race, tickets will be available March 1.

But promoters couldn't elaborate Monday on how this year's event would be different than last year's - the one that was canceled because of a financial shortfall after the plan was announced in grand fashion.

"I am pleased to announce that H1 Unlimited Series will Return to Coeur d'Alene," Sam Cole, H1 Unlimited chairman, said in a press release issued Saturday. "A deposit check was forwarded to us and we are excited to be returning to a legendary race site after many years of absence."

The release didn't state who issued the check, or in what amount. Monique Theilman, of the advertising agency representing the Diamond Cup Regatta, couldn't disclose the amount. She said some sponsors have been secured, but couldn't detail how many or how much financing is in hand. A lack of sponsorship is what sunk last year's plan.

But a flier promoting the event says tickets will be available at the TicketsWest website, and the web page, www.cdadiamondcup.com, will soon have information detailing this year's races.

Last year, local hydro fans formed the Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup Regatta Inc. board of directors. In June, the board announced the return of sanctioned hydroplane races to Lake Coeur d'Alene after a four-decade absence. The announcement was made during a press conference on a boat that circled the race course off Silver Beach and East Lake Coeur d'Alene Drive.

The proper permits had been secured, the team said then, and plans for bleachers and boat viewing room for "several thousand" spectators was planned. The cost of the holiday weekend show was estimated at a "couple hundred thousand" dollars, according to the organizers.

But just a month later, the event was canceled because of a lack of sponsorship support. The board of directors said at the time that the event would have to wait until 2013.

Now, organizers say, the wait shouldn't be much longer.

"The community looks forward to bringing the fastest boats in the world to a fantastic NorthernNorthwest locale," Cole said in the press release. "I wish to thank H1's Ted Grange for his work as well as Doug Miller and the Diamond Committee for their continued efforts in bringing this event to reality."

Miller, the CDADCR race chair who has been working on bringing the races back for a few years, told The Press Friday that meetings could be set up in the coming weeks, but details weren't final.

Coeur d'Alene banned hydro racing in city limits in 1996 after a public advisory vote asked the city to do so following unruly behavior by some spectators.

But the proposed race track for the race's return was set outside city limits.

The race will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, according to the press release. It has been 45 years since the hydroplanes roared across Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Coeur d'Alene has hosted exhibition hydroplane runs here two of the last three years, as organized by Miller. But those were more limited, vintage racers for exhibition, while this year's event is supposed to be for sanctioned races.

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  • Vacation Rental Authority posted at 5:36 pm on Sun, May 19, 2013.

    Vacation Rental Authority Posts: 1

    Vacation Rental Authority is the Official Diamond Cup Concierge and Lodging provider for this Exciting event. Contact us for wonderful vacation homes on the lake with ski boats to get you to the race fast. This is going to be fun.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:03 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Why not complain about the same drunks that show up for Ironman. Why don't you want to get rid of that eh? A bunch of spandex wearin narcissistic egomaniacs that have NO regard for the community.

    Thank you Neal. You are spot on. Hydro races are CLASSY and there is a HECK of a lot more intelligence in the hydro community than any other event that CdA puts on. Anyone can ride a bike, run and swim. Most are just not stupid enough to do it with 2300 other egomaniacs trying to kill themselves. I bet not ONE of them can do one lap in a hydro without flipping it or stuffing it. ;)

    Well, you are a piece of work.

  • Neal Jung posted at 2:29 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Neal Jung Posts: 5

    Actually, the comment about drunks, fights and trash has been irrelevant for decades. If you drive to Kennewick or Seattle for their races, you'll find a family atmosphere far different from Cd'A in the 1960s. No drinking there except in beer gardens, and the crowds are mellow. It's been that way since the mid-1970s. I guess that's what happens when you control access and charge admission! I think we should be open-minded and let the hydros try again. Businesses here could use the revenue, and it would be nice to add another civic event to Car d'Lane, Wooden Boat Show, Art Walk, etc.

  • Timeless posted at 1:21 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Timeless Posts: 480

    You can all thank your buddy Mary Souza and her husband for this. Funny how Mary is not screaming for a community VOTE now.
    When it is something that Mary and her husband want, no VOTE is necessary, apparently.
    The word hypocrite comes to mind.

  • LMYCDA posted at 9:13 am on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    And as local res said....IT IS OUR LAND AND MY LAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LMYCDA posted at 9:12 am on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Positive for who? This will just bring more trash and more drunks to our community. But, that is ok. See they skirted around the fact that ALL THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF COEUR D'ALENE VOTED "NO" on more RACES. They moved it just a couple of feet outside the City Limits. Another crock by our City Council.

    Too BAD EVERY DAM holiday weekend will be filled with drunks...and please AZ don't say it ain't so. You DON'T LIVE NEAR DOWNTOWN!!!!!! Oh, and please don't tell me or anyone else to move, thanks.

    Can't wait to see the news...fights, and who knows as these boys carry weapons...guns ablazing in Coeur d'Alene during Hydro races...Then WE WILL SAY....told you SO!!

  • AZ Outlaw posted at 6:30 am on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    AZ Outlaw Posts: 1

    Your land and your lake...get over yourself. Think about the positives this event will bring back. An economic boost to the local tourist industry, an event the entire family can attend and enjoy together etc....ask the town of Burley Idaho how important an event like this is and the positive impacts it has on the local community.

  • local res posted at 9:03 pm on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    local res Posts: 1165

    So they will be putting bleachers up on OUR land to charge us money to watch a race on OUR lake.

  • mister d posted at 7:27 am on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Oh boy I can hardly wait for the commotion and crowds.

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