Saturday, April 11
Kenmore Boat Launch & Log Boom Park
The Seattle Outboard Association is bringing back the Kenmore Hydroplane Cup for its second year on Saturday, April 11. The event will be held on the north end of Lake Washington at the Kenmore Boat Launch and Log Boom Park. The timed exhibition race will feature a variety of boats including two cylinder and three-and-up cylinder boats, Native American war canoe, and junior hydroplanes. Competitors will race one or two boats at a time up the Sammamish River, navigate around the challenging oval course and back to the Kenmore Boat Launch.
The original race, known as the "Slough Race," was wildly popular between 1928 and 1976 and drew crowds of spectators between 40,000 and 80,000. The idea came to fruition in 2013 after local artist Gaul Culley organized the Sammamish Slough Race exhibit at Kenmore City Hall, which drew hundreds of racing fans.
Jan Shaw with the Seattle Outboard Association may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (425) 478-1196.
Saturday, April 11
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies @ Kenmore Boat Launch
12:00 p.m. Race & Main Event Begin
- Best viewing area for the race: Kenmore Boat Launch
- Activities at Kenmore Boat Launch
- Hydroplane & Runabout Pits (two cylinder, three-and-up cylinder)
- Vintage Inboard Hydroplanes
- Native American War Canoe Display
- Activities at Log Boom Park
- Hydroplane & Vintage Yacht Show
3:30 p.m. Trophy Ceremony @ Kenmore Boat Launch
How to Get to Kenmore
Kenmore is centrally located along SR 522 between I-405 and I-5 at the northern tip of beautiful Lake Washington. You can get to Kenmore by vehicle, public transit, or the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE
Kenmore Boat Launch, 17150 68th Ave NE
Street parking along NE 175th Street
Rhododendron Park, 6910 NE 170th Street
* A shuttle will operate between Rhododendron Park and Log Boom Park
* Limited ADA parking available at Log Boom Park
* No spectator parking available at Kenmore Boat Launch
Friday, April 10
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception @ 192 Brewing Co. (7324 NE 175th Street, Kenmore)
This family-friendly event features iconic historical photos of the Slough Race by late photographer Bob Carver.
Seattle Outboard Association, North Lake Marina, The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum, Plywood Supply, Safeway, Seattle Water Sports, Jet City Printing, Woodshed Embroidery, Kenmore Air, BrentHallRacing.com, and City of Kenmore