A Premier Racing event during the 40’s and 50’s, the Nickel Cup returns to Gananoque once again and you don’t want to miss it!
70 Hydroplanes compete for World Records on a surveyed course. These machines can fly at speeds up to 230km/hr! Drivers initially warm their engines and 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 a “flying start” not seen anywhere else in the sporting world. The boats fly around the course circuit for 8 km (5 miles), with the clock now counting up to the race time.
4 classes will be represented: 2.5 litre, Formula 2500, Hydro 350 and Grand Prix.
The course stretches along the St. Lawrence River from just off the docks at the Gananoque Inn to the Gananoque Municipal Arena. The best viewing for spectators will be from Joel Stone Heritage Park, adjacent to Water Street. The official clock will be located on the Thousand Islands Boat Museum’s new dock. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair!