Events celebrate hydroplane races of past

SUNDAY, AUG. 15, 2010

The Diamond Cup Regatta will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Friday through Aug. 22 in celebration of the Diamond Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Races that were held on Lake Coeur d’Alene from 1958 to 1968. The event will benefit the Museum of North Idaho’s building fund.

The Regatta will kick off Friday at 4 p.m. with a no-host bar on the front lawn of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, with a viewing of the historic hydroplanes and an opportunity to listen to crew members discuss the boats and their history.

On Saturday, a no-host social hour will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Convention Center, from 6 to 7 p.m., and a banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at the resort. At 8:30, a live auction will be held for hydro rides and other items.

The Diamond Cup Gold Tournament will be Aug. 22 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, beginning at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $250 per person and includes water taxi ride from the resort, a golf cart, fore caddy, unlimited floating practice balls, a pregame massage, club and bag cleaning and 18 holes of golf.

Vintage hydroplane rides will be from noon to 6 p.m., purchased through the live auction at Saturday’s banquet and raffle drawings.

Raffle entrants will have an opportunity to win one of the historic hydroplanes. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum of North Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene Chamber, the Yacht Club, Interstate Office Supply, RDI Heating, Coeur d’Alene Eagles, Jiff-EE Mart on Lincoln Way, Lake City Ford, Tom Addis Dodge, Lyle’s Fabric, Allsport Polaris at Liberty Lake, Appleway Quick Lube and Car Wash, Coeur d’Alene Tractor, Priano’s Billiards and Backyards and Kootenai Lawn and Garden. The drawing will be held Saturday night at the banquet.

For more information, visit www.diamondcup.org or contact Doug Miller at (208) 691-1612 or dmiller@naabelle.com; Dave Walker at (208) 277-8808 or dwcdaid@yahoo.com; or Dorothy Dahlgren at (208) 664-3448 or dd@museumni.org.

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