Columbia Cup returns this weekend to Tri-Cities after pandemic hiatus

It has been almost two years since there has been a competitive unlimited hydroplane race on the Columbia River.

The HAPO Columbia Cup as well as all other H1 Unlimited races were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.

That all changes starting Friday, when eight unlimiteds will take to the course in qualifying.

That field of eight marks the lowest number of boats in a Tri-Cities field in decades.

Because of the Canadian border being closed, many of the team members for Dave Bartush live in Canada and haven’t been able to work on the Detroit area boats that Bartush has owned.

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