Many drivers will tell you that they entered the hydroplane racing world because of their family. It could hardly be truer for Kent Henderson. Being raised by a stepfather, Jim Kaddatz, who raced just about anything, Kent and his brothers Bert Henderson and Tyler Kaddatz all grew up to become successful hydroplane racers. In 2010, when he met his future wife Cinnamon at the Cambridge Regattas, the family extended to include the Hofhines. Kent also believes that his 4 years old Kolin is a futur driver.
2012 marked a very emotional year for the tight-knit group. When Cinnamon and Kent’s daughter Carsyn passed away, an overflow of support came from all drivers and teams. While the season started with heavy hearts, someone was surely looking over as victory struck more than once. Kent’s father-in-law won the American Power Boat Association (APBA) championship, Jeff Bernard, a close family friend, took the 5 litre APBA championship, Bert was crowned the Grand Prix champion, while Kent finished on top of the 2.5 litre class aboard the S-519 Bank on it.
Now part of the Steeler team in the Hydro 350 class, Kent is looking to keep on building his legacy. Holder of the world record for the fastest time in the 5 litre class at Pontiac Lake last season, he was named the best driver of the last five years at the 2015 Gala des Champions. This year, he will once again be racing in a boat built by his brother Bert and powered by an engine designed by Paul Hewitt, so all signs are pointing towards success.
The 2016 season started slow for Kent, but he finished well. He won Valleyfield for the first time and also won hometown race in Brockville. Those were the highlights of his season. His best moments in the sport are the ones passed with his family and friends.