Hydroplane 101

How to watch a hydroplane race:

Before the start of each race there is a 5 minute warm up period. This period allows the drivers to take different points of reference on the racecourse before the start as well as to warm the engine oil. At this time it is the green flag that allows drivers to know that they are still in the warm up period.

The white flag is waved a minute before the start. Drivers must set up in their assigned lane and get ready for the start.

A clock is displayed in front of the spectators to show how much time is left in the warm up period.

When the clock arrives at 00:00 the drivers can cross the start line legally. If one of the boats passes the starting point (marked by buoys) before the start of the race it gets an automatic penalty.

Exception Grand Prix class only does 4 laps , drivers must complete 5 laps. A checkered flag is waved to mark the winner’s victory. The racecourse is 1 mile.

The Pits

The pits are where all the hydroplanes are gathered. This is also the place where the boats are launched in the water by cranes.

The pits are accessible to the public for a fee

The flags

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The race is stopped – immediate immobilization

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The race is on

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Problem on the course – “Attention! ”

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Back to the pits

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Last minute before the start – Last lap of the leader in the race

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End of the race

2.5 L Class
Speed Length Width Weight Minimum Age
150 km/h 18,2 feet 9,4feet 1050 lbs 16 yrs old
Formule 2500 Class
Speed Length Width Weight Minimum Age
165 km/h 18,2 feet 9,4 feet 1050 lbs 16 yrs old
Hydro 350 Class
Speed Length Width Weight Minimum Age
185 km/h 20,5 feet 10,3 feet 1700 lbs 18 yrs old
Grand Prix Class
Speed Length Width Weight Minimum Age
225 km/h 26 feet 12,6 feet 3250 lbs 21 yrs old
Jersey Speed Skiff Class
Speed Length Width Weight Minimum Age
130 km/h 16 feet 12,6 feet 1650 lbs 16 yrs old