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Gananoque Nickel Cup Hydroplane Regatta

Watch the past come alive as the Nickel Cup Regatta gets shined up again. More than 70 hydroplanes will be flying over the course during the regatta weekend. All have one thing in common: they’re part of an event with roots as deep as the St. Lawrence River.

Drivers initially warm their engines and crucially set their timing marks, vying to cross the start/finish line at full speed the second the five minute countdown clock hits zero. Boats then burst across the start line, creating an incredible “flying start” not seen anywhere else in the sporting world. Boats hit speeds anywhere from 180 km/hr to 300 km/hr depending on their class. It all combines for heart-stopping action that you won’t want to miss!

For specific information on event schedule and race times, visit their website at the following link:

nickel cup supplementaryGananoque originally embraced hydroplane racing in the mid-1940s, when the International Nickel Cup Regatta was run among the 1,000 Islands. At that time, the event was made possible through the support of Frank LaQue, the Vice President of the International Nickel Company – who hailed from Gananoque.

The races grew to welcome thousands of spectators, with crowds lining the waterfront to watch the exciting action. It was known as one of the largest and most integral hydroplane regattas held in North America. The Gananoque event was highly regarded by both drivers and teams, who entered boats from as far afield as Florida, Texas, California and across Canada.