Thanks again to Jack Lowe, we've got the video from the finals at San Diego posted at >>

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto and U-5 fight it out, changing leaders several time before Steve David in the U-6 beat out Jeff Bernard in the U-5.

The new logo for the San Diego hydro races... at least my rendition.

Congrats to the Oberto crew for two in a row. Great race in the finals.

Steve David after winning San Diego:

"For all of our folks in Madison, thanks for your faith in me all these years."

"I'm running with the the greatest boat racers in the world."

"It just doesn't get any better than this."

San Diego's Bill Muncey Cup Results

1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto - Steve David
2. U-5 - Jeff Bernard
3. U-37 Beacon Plumbing - Jean Theoret
4. U-1 - Mike Allen (started as trailer)
5. U-13 Spirit of Detroit - J. Michael Kelly
DNF. U-10 Ahern Rentals - David Bryant
DNF. U-16 Elam Plus - Dave Villwock

Unlimited Lights at San Diego: All three leaders in the driver point championship were not racing. Greg Hopp was out with an injury. Keyliegh Perkins gave up her seat to Patrick Haworth. Vince Xauduro is out with a demolished boat.

Jerry Hopp in the U-1 filled in for Greg and won the San Diego race with Patrick Haworth in the UL-72 taking second. Paul Becker & UL-14 was third and UL-83 & Wil Muncey was fourth.

fyi... With the Chargers playing on Sunday night and the Padres in a pennant race, the NBC TV station isn't covering the hydros.

Mike Hansen, current U6 crew chief, made history at San Diego one year when he came from the trailer position to win the race.

Thanks Steve Montgomery for the info.

Provisional Heat Results

1. U-1 Mike Allen *
2. U-25 Ken Muscatel

* U-1 will go on to the Bill Muncey cup finals as the trailer boat.

Provisional rescheduled for 3:45pm PT.
Live streaming >>

Video of Heats 2A & 2B are posted at

Thanks to Jack Lowe (again!).

Finals line-up


Winner of provisional heat will start as trailer.
Provisional line-up: U-1 vs. U-25

U-1 Mike Allen was disqualified in Heat 3A due to N2 violation. Will run provisional heat with U-25 Ken Muscatel.

Tent. scheduled for 3:55pm PT.

Point totals through heat 3B
Source: ABRA


U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto

U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus

U-10 Miss Ahern Rentals

U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing

U-13 Spirit of Detroit


U-25 Superior Racing

U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving

U-21 Miss All AccessPresented by Southwest HiReach

Heat 3B Results

1. U-16 Dave Villwock
2. U-6 Steve David
3. U-25 Ken Muscatel
DNF. U-37 Jean Theoret

Theoret was just behind Villwock on the final lap when something happened. He slid outside and ran through the roostertail of the U-16. He got washed down and lost power.

Heat 3A Results

1. U-5 Jeff Bernard
2. U-10 David Bryant
3. U-13 J. Michael Kelly
DSQ U-1 Mike Allen - N2 violation
U-48 David Williams - withdrew

U-48 scratched for 3A.

Heat draws

3a: u1, u5, u10, u13, u48
3b: u6, u16, u25, u37

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Heat 2B Results

1. U-5 Jeff Bernard
2. U-6 Steve David
3. U-1 Mike Allen
4. U-48 David Williams

Heat 2A Results

1. U-16 Dave Villwock
2. U-37 Jean Theoret
3. U-10 David Bryant
4. U-13 J. Michael Kelly
DNS. U-25 Ken Muscatel

Villwock locked up the National High Points team championship

Ellstrom crew spent most of the night making emergency repairs to the U-16 Elam Plus after prop blades did extensive damage to the boat on Saturday. The crew did its usual masterful job and got the boat back on the water Sunday, looking just fine.

The work done to the U-1 was extensive.

Driver Mike Allen told the Madison-Courier:

"We put on a completely new right sponson, front spar, front wing, attachment brackets for the wing and a new left shoe."

Fog is lifting. Race officials have given the OK to do testing runs.

Pending fog, here's the race scheduled for Sunday:

(Pacific time zone)

  • 12n: Heat 2A
  • 12:30p: Heat 2B
  • 1:45p: Heat 3A
  • 2:05p: Heat 3B
  • 5:00p: Finals

UL finals at 12:50p

Inside scoop on just how close the SD race came to folding from reporter Bill Center at the San Diego Union Tribune:

“Three weeks ago, we were done,” said Thomas, the race director and chairman of the Board of Governors of the sponsoring Thunderboats Unlimited organization. There wasn't going to be a race. And if there wasn't a race this year, there wasn't ever going to be a race again.

“The city has told us, 'You miss once and you're done.' ”

Full article >>

Heat draws show Villwock & Theoret going head-to-head again in 2A.

Heat draw - 2A

Heat draw - 2B

Unfortunately for the U-21 team, the cracked gear box has sidelined for the weekend. They have withdrawn from racing on Sunday.

LIVE STREAM is active at >>

Racing action is on hold this morning due to fog.