U10 damage will prevent the team from racing at Detroit. Team will head to Seattle for repairs.

New photos of the final, showing just how close it was for two laps between Dave Villwock and Steve David, can be found at: http://pdughi.photosite.com/


Photos by Jim Simpson. Special thanks this weekend to Jim Simpson, James Crisp, Jack Lowe for all the photos. Great stuff, guys.


Also new stories posted on HydroInsider.com. Mike Festcher and Kirk Duncan will be working on editing video of the heats. We'll have them posted when they're done.

Great story - Unlimited Hydroplane Fan drives 20 hours on a whim to watch races - gets to present winner's trophy.

Story & Photos by Jack Lowe. Video by Kirk Duncan.
http://kndu.com/Global/story.asp?S=6759796&nav=menu484_4_6

Final Results:

1. U-16 Miss Elam Plus Driver: Dave Villwock
2. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver: Steve David
3. U-13 Spirit of Detroit Driver: J. Michael Kelly -trailer
4. U-37 Beacon Plumbing Driver: Jean Theoret
DNF. U-3 Master Tire Driver: Jimmy King
DNF. U-100 Mirage Boats Driver: Greg Hopp - trailer

New video posted at HydroInsider.com. Great interview with Steve Tomberlin, a new hydro fan. He rented the movie, Miss Madison last weeked... it inspired him to drop everything and drive 20 hours to catch the races in Madison this weekend.

Watch video: http://kndu.images.worldnow.com/images/incoming/video/newfan.wmv

Video: Kirk Duncan, Mike Festcher

Final set
U6, U16, U37, U3

Two trailers:
U100, U13

Heat 3C Results

1. U-37 Beacon Plumbing Driver: Jean Theoret
2. U-13 Spirit of Detroit Driver: J. Michael Kelly
3. U-1 Formulaboats.com II Driver: Mike Allen

Heat 3B Results

1. U-16 Miss Elam Plus Driver: Dave Villwock
2. U-100 Mirage Boats Driver: Greg Hopp
DNS. U-5 Formulaboats.com Driver: Jeff Bernard

Heat 3A Results

1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver: Steve David
2. U-3 Master Tire Driver: Jimmy King
3. U-25 Superior Racing Driver: Dr. Ken Muscatel

Beautiful aerial photos from James Crisp... worth a look.
http://pdughi.photosite.com/

U-25 had a flagrant N2 violation in earlier heat - no points awarded for second place finish.

point totals through 6 heats... unofficial since I'm doing the math.
U-6 800
U-3 700
U-100 700
U-16 625
U-37 625
U-13 525
U-1 394
U-5 300
U-25 300
U-10 0

Due to damage from boats, changes to heat draws:

3a - u6, u3, u25
3b - u16, u5, u1
3c - u37, u13, u1

Damage to the U-10 to the prop, shaft and gearbox. Photo: Jack Lowe.

Larger photo at:
http://www.kndu.com/Global/story.asp?S=6759540&nav=menu484_4_4

Heat 2C - unofficial

1. U-100 Mirage Boats Driver: Greg Hopp
2. U-25 Superior Racing Driver: Dr. Ken Muscatel
DNS. U-5 Formulaboats.com Driver: Jeff Bernard

J. Michael Kelly on WORX: U-13 had damage to inside air trap during last heat.

Heat 2B - unofficial

1. U-16 Miss Elam Plus Driver: Dave Villwock
2. U-13 Spirit of Detroit Driver: J. Michael Kelly
3. U-37 Beacon Plumbing Driver: Jean Theoret

Theoret jumped the gun.

Heat 2A - unofficial

1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver: Steve David
2. U-3 Master Tire Driver: Jimmy King
3. U-1 Formulaboats.com II Driver: Mike Allen

DNS -U-10 Ahern Rentals out for the weekend and not able to race.

ABRA: Crew chief Matt Gregory told us that the propeller blade broke, ruining the shaft and it did break the gearbox. U10 done for the weekend.

U-5 had a N2 violation in Heat 1A. Keeps second place finish, but loses all points for the heat.

Bryant and U-10 OK.

Heat 1C - unofficial

1. U-3 Master Tire Driver: Jimmy King
2. U-25 Superior Racing Driver: Dr. Ken Muscatel
DNF U-10 Ahern Rentals Driver: David Bryant

U-25 went dead in the water, but Dr. Ken was able to get it re-started. U-10 was half a rooster tail behind King on the final lap whens omething went wrong. The boat ran off the course when he couldn't make the turn.

Heat 1B - unofficial

1. U-37 Jean Theoret
2. U-100 Greg Hopp
3. U-13 J. Michael Kelly

Kelly jumped the gun and was assessed a one-lap penalty.

Heat Check - unofficial results
Steve David took the lead out of turn one and never gave it up.

1. U-6 Steve David
2. U-5 Jeff Bernard
3. U-16 Dave Villwock
4. U-1 Mike Allen

Sad to report, but we're going to have to terminate the live stream. Internet set-up in the pits just won't support the demands. Go to wjbnlive.tv to watch their feed and listen to WORX. They are doing a good job.

Kirk Duncan, Mike Festcher are shooting video and we'll post the heats as soon as we get it at HydroInsider.com.

WORX radio is currently off-air. Gotta feel for those guys to have that happen at this time. The are broadcasting on their FM in Madison.

Heat 1A about to start...
U-16 Miss Elam Plus Driver: Dave Villwock
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver: Steve David
U-5 Formulaboats.com Driver: Jeff Bernard (rookie)
U-1 Formulaboats.com II Driver: Mike Allen

U100 & U37 got out on the course. U37 doing timing runs, slow around corner into quick start. U-100 time 133.590.

Opening ceremonies now.

More photos up. Crews working on the boat in the evening from Jim Simpson. Look in the Madison Regatta folder at http://pdughi.photosite.com/

U-25 143.152
U-3 147.328

2.5 stock boats were racing, no "debris incidents" this morning. Unlimited testing period has begun.

From around the internet this morning:

Mike Allen wearing a carbon-fiber cast on his arm from aftermath of flip in Evansville:
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070708/SPORTS/707080550

Rookies on the Rise
http://www.madisoncourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=18&SubSectionID=289&ArticleID=37602&TM=53282.8

RELATED: Generation Next: Bernard, Perkins, Brown from HydroInsider.com Archives
http://www.kndu.com/Global/story.asp?S=6294692&nav=menu484_4_4

RELATED: David Bryant off to a good start
http://www.kndo.com/Global/story.asp?S=6748020&nav=menu484_4_4

Villwock paces Hydro qualifiers
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/othersports/322842_hydro07.html

Live stream is up, but it's on a wireless connection shared with others, so be patient. If it drops out, click inside the box to re-launch. To watch, click the link to the right here or go to HydroInsider.com