Monday racing considered, but not possible

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ABRA offers an explanation for the decision not to keep the boats in Detroit one more day and run the final heats on Monday. The option was pursued, but it just wasn't feasible.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well as a long time volunteer and spectator in Detroit we have finished many a race on Monday morning. Whats different this year is clearly the money. Running just the unlimites for four hours was an expense that sponsors in previous years could bear. Heck, this year the Coast Guard left the start finish line at 3:00 p.m. as is. Perhaps they were still up river and down, but it was a strange sign. I think DRRA didn't want to saddle next years sponsor/event with debt like SODA kept doing. Isn't the Chrysler dealership deal over this year? Still the 20-30 mph winds were forcasted 24-36 hrs out from Sunday, why not get more action in Saturday? Why not start earlier Sunday? Now perhaps Seattle should anty up some $$ and call their event the Gold Cup and get this in the books somehow. Final thought, if you don't have the bucks to run some Monday morning heats than maybe a two day event was too much in the first place. The contract to run such an (2 day)event should require it be finished. Heck even golf tournaments find a way to get the tournament in.

cowboy said...

THANKS for the Cast n Crews that tried to cover the Gold Cup !And to the Volunteers at all Races that help to put these events on for a T-shirt, Lunch ,and pop and water all day! Mother nature is Recking each Weekend SO far for Unlimited boat racing I dont know if they could rerace at the end of Season But I know it takes a lot of Planning to put an Event on so if they say next Year (BUMMER)but See Ya ! next year ! and Thanks for Tryin !!o to Tri-Citys and BIG Dave's back ! hope Chip want to come and PLAY!!

Anonymous said...

As a long time fan and a new volunteer I'm HOT. I spent $550.00 for Gold Cup tickets in December. And I get 2 heats of awesome racing and no Gold Cup Champion. I sat in a boat through hot weather on friday and a rain strom on saturday. And was ready to go on sunday. And we wonder why NASCAR has grown so much from the late 70's and unlimited racing is almost non-existent today. My first Gold Cup was in 1982 and there was so many people there I stood on a rock all day to see the race. Today you can buy prime seats sunday mornning.What a change. I was always taught to have a back up plan in life. I guess boat race planners have not learned this yet. I guess the ones that benifit the most is the Elam team. I wonder if Bill Muncey would of raced today? Damn right he would of.

cowboy said...

I feel for the people that paid and I would hope that they can get some Kind of a deal that does suck !but for the Spamers to complain WOW !but is the Weather better tomorrow?? dont know ?

Anonymous said...

Equating golf to hydroplane racing?

"I wonder if Bill Muncey would of raced today? Damn right he would of."

It's really hard for me to decide which of these comments is stupider. I mean geeze, this week all the whiners and complainers have been out in full force. Complain about the coverage. Complain about the race being called. Geeze. You people should really just shut the hell up. Standing over in the peanut gallery, throwing rocks, isn't helping the sport any.

Unforseen circumstances occur in life. You can't control the weather. Deal with it. It's not all about the money. It requires a great deal of scheduling to run these events. Extending it for a day, at the last minute, just isn't feasible.

I'm so sorry you feel slighted about not getting the race finished at the expense of the driver's safety. Maybe you should go watch NASCAR.

Anonymous said...

Most peolpe have gone and wacthed NASCAR. Look at the shore line at the next race it's empty.

Anonymous said...

I would hope that all of the educated "fans" posting here would have understood that the lives and safety of the nine drivers in Detroit was paramount to us all. You have no idea of the permits and red tape needed to extend the event an extra day and many of the volunteer rescue folks were not available. The Coast Guard, by the way, left for a couple of hours which allowed us to keep the river past 6pm which we did, trying to finish this race. There we also no guarantees about today (Monday). Just a few hours west Chicago was delaying flights because of high winds headed East. Everyone is dispapointed, everyone has emotions, lets not let any of this get in the way of being able to race safely at the speeds we run. No one wanted to dilute the importance of the Gold Cup, awarding it in any other way than according to the rrules of racing would be a disrespect to the 99 names that are on it now. Thanks for your perfect hindsight---it was not the reason we came to detroit but the Gold Cup is why we will be back.

Anonymous said...

last years madison regatta on saturday we sat there for 7 hours watching nothing.....I paid 50.00 for my son and myself to listen to excuses as to why the boats could not race..its always something..too little water...too much water...too much debris....toohigh winds....if you dont want to take risks get a job 9 to 5...too many pansies in this sport

hydros said...

I have been a fan for over 40 years now and have seen races in the past on Monday, but I think the DRRA made the correct choice, but I think waited far to long in making it. There has been comments posted about NASCAR, I do not think a single driver would would have run in those conditions, each lap they run is the same and dull, hydroplane racers each lap is a challange, and with no shock package they get beat up.. The DRRA did make the right call, I feel for the people who shelled out big bucks not just for tickets but for food etc. To Tom and Mark keep up the good work, we will try it again next year.. I guess the theme will be the 100th running of the Gold Cup "one more time"

Anonymous said...

I can't believe people are trying to compare unlimited racing to NASCAR! I used to be a serious NASCAR fan many years ago when drivers owned their own cars and you could walk on the track after practice and meet them. You can keep the "new" NASCAR. I'll even give you a Dale Jr. hat to wave and "whoop" with when he leads (unless you happen to have a beer in both hands!) I have heard too many "If Bernie were here..." and "If Bill Muncey were racing..." comments. Bill is no longer here because he pushed it too far and Bernie was definitely known for expecting his drivers to push it hard (see "Kropfeld" and "Chenoweth"). If you didn't, you were replaced by somebody that would. I happen to like this bunch of drivers and would like to see them around for many more years, but that won't happen if the "fans" want them to race on the kind of water we saw Sunday. These are not NASCAR "bumper cars" that you can slow down if they feel loose. These machines tell you they've reached their limit by hurting you. My only big disappointment is that they erased the hard-fought points these drivers earned on Saturday. Why can't these points stand?

Anonymous said...

NASCAR I get BoORED watching Except the Pit race its like Golf altho I like both. Yes Im Disapointed at the Uboat coverage the guy with the Camera watched the Lead boat when there was racing for second then when something did happen the cameraman stoped shot??? the Anouncers I think thay have done a GREAT call for the Races(all 3) Tri-City,Seattle Local TV hope they get more of the Race in the Pits and they will of course have more cameras on the race Thank goodness the new back to dicing for lanes befor start and again we need more Cameras for this.I did not understand WHY they took teams points away if they did, this is going to Haunt them in the END !!they raced they earned points ..Boat racing is not Golf !and Cant be Nascar!and NOBODYs more pissed off than the Owners and Race Teams about not finishing the Race they most of all Know what this COSTS the Sport not to finish!! uboatboy

Anonymous said...

From the display of ignorance I see in some of the posts, I am amazed that these same people can actually navigate this forum and type in the right letters. No, this is not NASCAR. The leadership from ABRA have not been capable of taking the sport down a successful promotional path that would allow for more back-up plans (costing $$) and thus allowing for Monday sheduling and automatic ticket rebates. In spite of the many ABRA shortcomings, we have many dedicated, unpaid, race workers at each site that do their best to create a safe and fun environment for racing. If you love the sport, make sure you thank these people who take the tickets, pick up the trash, man the patrol boats, direct the traffic etc,,,etc..