Hydroplane Races in Maine, c. 1950s

 

Hydroplane racing, referred to in this video as “aquaplane” racing, in full effect. The small vessels are typically built, maintained, and raced by working class people with a passion for the sport. Read more about hydroplanes in WoodenBoat No. 254, where you’ll find the feature article, “Propelled by Passion: The legacy of the O’Connor racing hydroplane.”

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