Offshore drivers OK

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Ron and Scott Roman in the Motley Crew - are OK. Refused treatment at the site. They said it was a "gentle roll" and they are fine.

13 comments:

Brian said...

Just watched the Geico boat win an offshore race on supercat. Water conditions look better than it has all day. Hopefully we'll get to go racing again

Anonymous said...

When are they running the final of the Rubber Outboard Race?????

Anonymous said...

Thanks Insider. Why is it taking you guys so long to give updates today? The crash was over an hour and a half ago. We waited 2 hours on Mikes status this AM.

Anonymous said...

Rubber boats are up on the supercat site.

HydroInsider.com said...

Can't post what we don't know. No updates available. Frsutrating for me as well!

I will admit it's been challenging. We've got four people on site in Detroit and I'm monitoring things from Tri-Cities as people email or upload videos, pictures, etc.

The biggest hang up on getting real coverage fo the sport on-line - IMHO - is internet bandwidth in the pits. If we had decent bandwidth, we had everything in place to do weall-to-wall live streaming coverage of everything for Madison, Evansville and Detroit. But wireless won't cut it for the number of people that would watch.

To make it work, we'd need to install fiber or broadband wires into the pit or judge's stand areas... which don't have it now. I'm estimating that would be maybe $5k-$10k per race site. Not something we can bite off here.

Anonymous said...

I think your doing a great job! Considering the problems your encountering!

Anonymous said...

Hydroinsider, Just keep doing what you are doing. FOr years the only info most of us had for races outside of our own area were the radio broadcast from Jim Hendricks.

He was my eyes and ears for years!

Keep up the good work. AS GOOD AS YOU CAN DO ANYWAY!!

Anonymous said...

hydroinsider your doing the best you can. Ilike that we get to watch as much as we can.Before only got to watch the race in the area so keep doing what you can and thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info insider. It helps us to understand and sets our expectations. Its a shame the ABRA doesn't invest in the infrastructure to support you guys. Thanks again..

Anonymous said...

I don't think the ABRA could justify that kind of investment either, given it only would be useful in each site one week a year.

Unfortunately, hydroplane racing doesn't lend itself easily to the Internet, at least in terms of live coverage.

Given the limitations, I'm very appreciative of the efforts of the Hydro Insider folks and others.

Anonymous said...

They need to justify it though. It is a problem that needs to be solved and can be solved. They do it in other sports including UltraLights. I see it as the ABRA's responsibility not KNDU. I too am appreciative of the effort given the current limitations.

Anonymous said...

I heard that KNDU put together a proposal for abra to do live steeaming from all the sites and also to do a TV show from each race site, but abra said no. True?

HydroInsider.com said...

True. KNDU/HydroInsider.com put together plans for full live streaming coverage as well as half-hour TV shows (both preview and coverage shows) for each race site, but ABRA decided to pass.

It's pretty expensive to do the TV thing as you need multiple cameras and connections between them. A TV production truck like the kind we use in the Tri-Cities can cost $50k per weekend.

The live streaming can be done much more cheaply, but again the broadband connection is very expensive as well.