What is a hydroplane?

Here is how we define it:

Hydroplane [idroplan] N – Single-seat carbon-fiber hull with two pontoons and a cockpit. It is pushed out of the water by a propeller, which is fuelled by a powerful supercharged engine of 468 in3 in the Grand Prix class.

Add to this definition a top speed of up to 225 km/h, mandatory left turns, frequent skidding, high risks of collision, close to no visibility and no braking system. Extreme thrills are guaranteed, but reflexes and judgment are optional.

A hydroplane is a plane without its wings. As speed picks up, air infiltrates the empty space located between the two pontoons – the tunnel – and lifts the boat up. The goal is to keep as little of the boat in contact with the water as possible, so as only the propeller and the end of both pontoons touch the water.

How can I access the site?

The Régates de Valleyfield’s site is located right in the heart of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

By car Free parking spots can be found around the site. There is also a pay parking area (P10) that can be accessed for $30 for the weekend.

By bus If you live in the Greater Montreal region, there is a public transit service available between Montreal and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (Marché public terminus).

By plane Aerial transportation is required for you to get here? No problem: the Montreal-Trudeau airport is only 35 minutes away from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

Where is the best spot to watch the races?

The Saint-François bay is a unique natural amphitheater by its embankment encircling the 1-mile racetrack. Many scenic vantage points can be found along the way; some fans prefer the start/finish line because of the hard-fought battles, while others will settle for shaded seats.

Are there live race descriptions?

Yes! You can follow live descriptions of the races on our website or by tuning in to the official radio of the Régates de Valleyfield. Pro tip: binoculars will help you get a closer look on the action.

Are the pits open to the public?

Absolutely! The pilots and their crewmembers will happily answer any questions you may have and take a photo with you. You can get your pit pass on our website or at the tent located right next to the pits’ entrance. Please note that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The pits are generally divided in two distinct sections: a restricted area (hot pit) and an open area. The cranes are located in the restricted area, but you will find the boats and teams in the open area. Flat shoes are definitely recommended!

Should I arrive early?

If you can, you should get to the site early in order to find your bleacher and seat. The general admission bleachers are first come, first served. You should however know that reserved seating tickets are available.

Can I bring my cooler and alcoholic beverages on the site?

It is allowed to enter the site with a cooler. Alcoholic beverages are however not permitted.

The security team reserves the right to confiscate any product containing alcohol and to deny entry to anyone carrying a substance or material judged dangerous for the spectators and participants, such as weapons and/or alcoholic beverages inside glass or metal containers.

Health tip

You should always keep bottles of sunscreen and water nearby and wear a hat, a cap and sunglasses. Note that first aid teams will be on-site throughout the event.

What are the popular attractions of the region?

Plan your stay by visiting the Destination Valleyfield website. After your biking expedition, day at the beach or kayak ride, come relax and enjoy the scenery at one of the sunny terraces of our dynamic downtown area!

If you still have questions, send us an email at info@regates.ca or call 450 371-6144