There will apparently be no Unlimited hydroplane race in Detroit this summer after H1 Unlimited and Detroit Riverfront Events Inc. failed to reach an agreement deal to sanction an event on the Detroit River.

H1 made the announcement on Thursday evening, issuing a statement on its Facebook page.

“Unfortunately, progress in the negotiations has not been to the level that the H1 Board of Directors had anticipated, and the parties are at a contractual impasse,” the statement read in part. “H1 believes that the parties cannot come to an agreement that would assure a quality competition in Detroit for this coming season, and as such, H1 will not be sanctioning a race in Detroit in 2019.”

H1 Unlimited has been at odds with most of its race sites, including Madison, over the past several seasons. The sites have been unable to full cover the $175,000 sanctioning fee that H1 has required and as a result, fewer and fewer teams are attending races outside of their local area.

Detroit, like Madison, San Diego and Seattle, has negotiated lower prices for its race over the past several years, and has added “performance” clauses in the contract in order to assure that those boats that do show up actually get on the water and compete. The result has been low boat count for the eastern races with Detroit getting only seven boats for its APBA Gold Cup race last year and Madison getting only five.

“H1 has determined that it is in the best interest of the sport of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing (including the other Race Sites and the H1 teams) for H1 to focus its financial, competitive and human resources (including its many volunteers) on those races and race sites that remain part of the 2019 H1 Racing Series,” the statement concluded. “H1 looks forward to the opportunity to expand its racing series into new locations, including a possible return to Detroit during H1’s 2020 racing season.”

There was no response from Detroit about H1’s decision and it is not known at this time about the status of the Gold Cup, which has been contested since 1904 and every year but one since 1990 in Detroit. The APBA’s top series has raced annually in Detroit since the end of World War II. However a couple of events were canceled after qualifying due to weather.

Madison is still negotiating with H1 about a race for this season but there has been no word on the progress of the talks.