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Hydros return washed away until 2013

Sponsorship shortfall cancels this year's event

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Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:08 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - The unlimited hydroplane races will have to wait at least another year.

Organizers behind the Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup Regatta said Friday they're canceling the races planned for Labor Day weekend on Lake Coeur d'Alene because of a lack of sponsorship support.

The goal is to have the hydros running here next summer.

The postponement comes a month and a half after the group held a June press conference to announce the race's return, but organizers said in a statement Friday the event should be in full gear by Labor Day 2013.

Pushing the event back 12 months will give organizers more time to ensure all the pieces fall into place, they said.

"Consolidating efforts to next summer has several advantages," Doug Miller, Diamond Cup president, stated in a press release. "It gives adequate time to sign new sponsors, as well as ensuring that logistics run smoothly. It also means that H1 Unlimited hydroplanes, the world's fastest boats, will compete in an actual race, not just an exhibition as was planned for 2012."

Organizers estimate it would cost $250,000 to host the races near Silver Beach and Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive.

Miller said a number of sponsors are already in place, but not enough to reach the level of funding needed to stage the Diamond Cup.

"These events rely on key sponsors, which use the races not only for high-profile advertising, but also as VIP events for their top clients," Miller said in the press release.

Hydroplane races were previously held on Lake Coeur d'Alene from 1958 to 1968.

The Diamond Cup team organized exhibition races over the past few years, but are focusing on hosting sanctioned, H1 Unlimited races. The long-term goal, organizers said, is to become an annual event on the national racing circuit that brings in millions of dollars to the Coeur d'Alene area, similar to the races in Washington's Tri-Cities.

The release didn't say how short financial support was. Miller couldn't be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

The races were to take place outside Coeur d'Alene city limits. The city of Coeur d'Alene banned hydro racing within city limits in 1996 after a public advisory vote asked the city to do so. Part of the reason the races stopped decades ago was because unruly behavior by spectators became a concern.

Despite the delay, Sam Cole, president of H1 Unlimited, said the tour is still excited to land a race in Coeur d'Alene.

"We're pleased that Coeur d'Alene is moving to an official H1 tour race for 2013," Cole stated in the press release. "I can tell you that Coeur d'Alene's H1 designed course is an outstanding racing venue. We look forward to supporting this event."

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  • Mark on the Park posted at 11:08 am on Mon, Jul 23, 2012.

    Mark on the Park Posts: 471

    The only industry left in Cd'A is tourism and the naysayers want to further impoverish our citizenry by preventing it from growing? Strange.

  • luxaurum posted at 11:33 pm on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    luxaurum Posts: 2

    Why is this even being considered? CdA has been built is a classy place over the years. Do we really want these noisy, polluting calliopes in this town? Do people really think that people attending this event will be less unruly today than they were in 1968? Since two votes apparently weren't enough to send a message to government authorities, people are going to have to rise up against this much more vociferously. Places like Lake Havasu in Arizona may be places for such events, but Coeur d Alene is not. There are other ways to pass revenue to the city other than this.

  • jmowreader posted at 11:01 pm on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    jmowreader Posts: 1166

    LMYCDA, the town can't survive if a holiday weekend doesn't draw "tens of thousands of people" because Tourism and Recreation is the only industry anyone wants in Cd'A.

    In front of the Chamber of Commerce building is a traffic-signal control box. It's wrapped with a mural depicting Coeur d'Alene. There are lots of people playing at the various recreations Cd'A partakes in...and not one person working. If you were to go 10 miles west and wrap a traffic-signal control box, it would have a person making a knife, a lot of people building a piece of mining equipment, and a few people making forest products. This is because Post Falls values work and the rewards it brings, and Coeur d'Alene does not.

    Ancientemplar: the race was to be held off Silver Beach--outside the city limits.

  • aayupp posted at 1:44 pm on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    aayupp Posts: 311

    no industry- no money- no hydro plane races. its really pretty simple. why do you think the state of NH , as small and insignificant as Idaho, has 2 NASCAR events per year including "the chase". they have industry. idaho don't and until the ding dongs in boise figure that one out, you will never amount to much.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:49 am on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1146

    If I'm not mistaken, the area scheduled for the race and the amenities associated with the race was outside of the city in the county. I don't recall the county residents having been invited to vote in those "advisory" votes.

  • LMYCDA posted at 3:41 am on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1783

    Hopefully to never return! Can't the town have ONE holiday weekend without 10s of thousands of people. This was voted on by the citizens two times and THEY SAID "NO" to hydroplane races returning both times.

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