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 5 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.
How was your performance in 2018? What were your strong and weak points?
I won the H-350 Championship and I won Cambridge, Brockville and North Tonawanda.
Do you have any rituals just before the race?
I give wife and kids big hug and kiss before going to the pits. Also a big handshake to Lee before we close the latch at 10 seconds to the 5.
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
Repeat as H350 Champion and have more seat time in GP 777. Go to the Saturday dinner in Valleyfield July 2020 (so win Valleyfield.)