VIDEOS: Offshore Boat Accident kills two

Raw video of boat rescue

Short report on aftermath and investigation


Experts: New equipment might have averted boat accident >>

Photo Gallery >>

Family, friends recall two boaters killed on Great South Bay >>

U-6's Steve David talks about difference in safety equipment >>


Boeing opens checkbook for Unlimited Hydros portion of Bayfair

Boeing has put up $75,000 to fund the Unlimited Hydroplane portion of San Diego's annual Bayfair, Sept. 19-21 on Mission Bay.

Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune

Hydroplane racing in Las Vegas revisited

The wind caused waves and the waves tore holes in the hulls of Miss Budweiser and Miss Circus Circus and my favorite hydroplane, the beef jerky-powered Oh Boy! Oberto. When there are holes in the hulls, the hydroplanes can’t race. And so the spectators who had gathered on Boulder Beach got sunburned and went home.
Special events that weren’t >>

VIDEO: Seattle Times takes on Seafair

This video from Seattle Seafair was posted on Youtube today...

VIDEO: Seattle Times

Boeing Replica Hydroplane Giveaway

If you can get yourself to the Everett (WA) AquaSox minor league baseball game on Saturday, August 30th, you can score a Boeing replica hydroplane!

Saturday, August 30th 7:05 pm - AquaSox vs. Salem- Keizer Volcanoes

Boeing Replica Hydroplane Giveaway (first 1,000 kids), US Bank Appreciation Night

ABRA: San Diego can expect 11 unlimited entries

ABRA news release affirms what reported last week...

A fleet of 11 boats are expected to be in the pits for the San Diego Bayfair powered by the Union Tribune ABRA unlimited hydroplane race September 19, 20 and 21.

The 11 boats in San Diego will be the largest fleet to race on the national circuit outside the northwest region of the United States.

"We are excited that San Diego has been able to put together the sponsorship and planning to have our teams ready for this event," said ABRA Chairman Sam Cole. "San Diego is a very important site on our national circuit and the planning and work by Thunderboats Unlimited of San Diego has been outstanding.

"Race Marketing Partners (working with Thunderboats Unlimited) found a perfect match of sponsors with The San Diego Union Tribune and their other major corporate partner The Boeing Company."

San Diego has been host to Unlimited Hydroplane Racing since 1964 and the 2 ½ mile Mission Bay race course is the fastest course on the circuit. Both Bayfair's Thunderboats Unlimited Club and The San Diego Union Tribune have a long history of community support. This will be the 42nd running of the unlimited race in San Diego. This year's race will take place September 19 thru 21. For ticket and more information or call 206-321-3383.

U-1 Ellstrom's Elam Plus, Driver Dave Villwock, Owner Sven Ellstrom
U-3 Cooper Racing, Driver Jimmy King, Owner Ed Cooper
U-5, Driver Jeff Bernard, Owner The Porter Family
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Driver Steve David, Owner The City of Madison, IN
U-7, Driver Mike Allen, Owner The Porter Family
U-10 Miss Ahern Rentals, Driver David Bryant, Owners Kim and Debbie Gregory
U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit, Driver J. Michael Kelly, Owner Dave Bartush
U-25 Superior Racing, Driver and Owner Dr. Ken Muscatel
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Driver Jean Theoret, Owners Billy and Jane Schumacher
U-50 Spirit of the NAVY, Driver Brian Perkins, Owner Greg O'Farrell
U-100, Driver Greg Hopp, Owner Fred Leland

GP/UL Gas-carb blower motor project

Here are some updated pictures of what the engines will look like. from Jerry Hopp.

The Chelan Apple Cup

What an eventful week. The 2008 Summer Nationals being awarded to the Seattle Inboard Racing Association’s Chelan race on September 27-28. ULHRA and APBA joining forces for what should become a wild blower boat show.

The Hopp Racing team is now putting in an all out blitz to get Bob Schellhase’s UL/GP-12 returned to running condition for the GP Summer Nationals at Chelan in a month. Bob’s boat was damaged in a blow over accident at Port Angeles last year. We also have started work on the first twin carb gasoline blower motor to be run in an Unlimited Light.

Glen Davis donated a new 6/71 supercharger to the project and Ed’s Automotive the carbs and knowledge. We were trying for a test run at the TIRA race in Spanaway on September 6-7th, but Bob’s boat project is priority 1 right now. We might try for a test run right after the end of the season.

Marty Wolfe and Dennis Johnson have indicated that they will bring the GP-93 Trafficade-Wolfe Racing Special to the GP Summer Nationals at Chelan also. The Chelan event is shaping up to be a noisy fire breathing blower boat affair. The prize money package is in place as well as heat trophies.

Other Boats expected to attend: GP-17 Rick Bridgeman Red Apple, GP-8 Bob Baker Sterling’s Famous Steaks & Seafood, GP-15 Hopp Racing Graham Trucking GT/Happy Go Lucky/PumpTech and other teams are preparing as well.

Jerry Hopp
Hopp Racing Team

U-22 Work Continues

Webster Racing continues work on the U-22 Unlimited hydroplane in preparation for racing on the ABRA tour in 2009. Mike Webster has been keeping this driving skills sharp this summer in addition to working on his hydroplane, racing in in the National Modified class as well as hopping in an Unlimited Light hydro on the west coast. Work continues at the Reading, PA team shop making the transition from a piston powered craft to one powered by a turbine driven unlimited.

Mike write this in an email as well as sending along these photos:

Since flipping the boat over late in July we have been finishing the belly pan area and making improvments to the running surfaces. This weekend we started to roll prime the pontoons and belly pan area. The bottom of the boat is going to be white for now.

Festival's uphill climb, new leadership may spur change


One of those nagging questions about what's going on in Evansville is how can they put on hydro races if they sell the docks? Well, there may be a solution according to an Evansville Courier-Press article.

The festival board is selling all of its assets — office furnishings, electrical gear and the docks used for the boat races. If they don't sell, the board plans to auction them. GAGE officials told the board that they cannot buy the festival's assets because of a possible conflict of interest, according to the Aug. 14 festival board minutes. If the assets are auctioned, though, "GAGE could legitimately bid on our assets and pay the festival for them," according to the minutes.

Read more from the Evansville Courier and Press article.

Want to help keep hydroplane racing in Evansville? ACT NOW!

Here's an easy way to help shape public opinion in favor of keeping the hydros racing at Evansville. The Evansville Courier-Press is soliciting emails and letters about the Freedom Festival. Act before Aug. 27th.

From the paper:

The question is, do the people of Evansville want the Freedom Festival to continue, and if so, do they want it to include a hydroplane race or an air show? Or would they prefer a smaller festival, perhaps built around the Fourth of July fireworks display and other, less costly events?

What do you want to see happen with the Freedom Festival, Thunder on the Ohio and the air show? Keep your letter short, no more than 250 words. Include a daytime telephone number for verification only.

Send us your letter by Wednesday. Those selected will be published Aug. 31. Send letters by e-mail to, by fax to (812) 422-8196 and by mail to Letters, P.O. Box 268, Evansville, IN 47702.

Charting the finals at Seafair show interesting results

Chuck Pepka charted the course of each of the Unlimited Hydroplanes during the lead up to the start of the final race at Seafair. He used the videotapes provided by KIRO-TV, a map of the course, and plotted out locations and distances to calculate boat speeds at various points on the course as they passed key markers.

The results are interesting and should fuel the debate about the controversial finish to the Chevrolet Cup. View the charts and read the results in a Exclusive >>

R/CU Awards Banquet

The 2008 Oh Boy! Oberto Championship Series R/CU awards banquet will be held on November 1, 2008. It will be at the Shilo Inn in Richland, WA. The guest speaker will be none other then Steve David the driver of U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto hydroplane. After the San Diego race we hope that he will be the national high points driver and the boat will have a new number (U-1) for 2009. More information will follow as it is still early. Cost will be $26.00. All are invited to attend. Contact Chet Lepinski for Reservations. If you would like to donate to our silent auction. Contact Brian Lepinski

MOCK-UP: Hydro Race Museum logo on NASCAR truck

Talyer Malsam's #41 that will be racing in the NASCAR truck series with the Hydroplane Museum logo on the hood.

VIDEO: Evansville group will continue Freedom Festival, but won't commit on whether hydro will remain part of it


Future of Evansville Hydro Racing will be known in about a month

(Mick) Conati hinted some changes to the structure and types of events offered at the festival may be in the offing, but neither he nor Joe Wallace, GAGE CEO and president, would offer any specifics. Additional information regarding the future of Thunder on the Ohio and Thunder Air will be released in about a month, they said.


The group says two full-time positions will be created. The positions will be dedicated to festival events and marketing.


U-37 will continue racing; calls for improvements in officiating

(Billy) Schumacher explained there is an arbitrary process in the selection of the circuit officials each year. Although some are highly qualified, others may have personal conflicts or lack experience for the class which they’re judging. They are also unpaid to officiate. “Why not get qualified, paid officials with the credentials, direct experience and knowledge to fairly apply the ABRA rules?” he added.


Read full statement >>

Evansville Update: GAGE will take over the Freedom Festival

Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville(GAGE) will officially take the Freedom Festival in 2009.

Read more from the Evansville Courier and Press website from August 20th.
Read more from story from August 19th.

Go3 Racing Team Website Updated

The Go3 Racing Team website has been updated. Preparations are underway for San Diego. Click here to take a look and while you are there, sign up for Newsletters alerting you of the lastest unlimited hydroplane racing news from the Go3 Racing Team.

VIDEO: Roger Newton Memorial

Part 1 - 8 min. 30 seconds

Part 2 - 6 min. 20 seconds

Tayler Malsam makes NASCAR debut with Hydro Museum graphics

The Mill Creek, Wash., resident will be racing against defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Cup points leader Kyle Busch when he makes his inaugural start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Wednesday in Bristol, Tenn.

To help recognize the Pacific Northwest and let the nation know where he is from, (Tayler) Malsam’s truck for his NASCAR debut will carry the graphics of the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent, Wash.The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing and it is a place special to seven-time national champion hydroplane racer Chip Hanauer, who has served as an advisor to Malsam.

Malsam set to make NASCAR debut at Bristol >>

VIDEO: Freedom Festival owes 20 creditors, including ABRA

WFIE-TV reports the Freedom Festival committee owes money to 20-some source, including that outstanding $90,000 to ABRA. The Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville will take over the planning of the event in the future, but will not be responsible for paying off the debt. The docks are being sold to pay off some of the debt.

VIDEO: WFIE-TV, Evansville

U-5 will make exhibition runs at Celina, OH August 23 & 24

To find out more about the exciting U-5 exhibition with racing champion Jeff Bernard, please visit the 2008 Governor's Cup Regatta this weekend on the Grand Lake St. Mary's in Celina, Ohio.

ESPN's hydroplane racing game

ESPN now has an on-line hydroplane racing game on its website.

Hydro Racer
Fire up your hydro and get ready to race. Avoid boats and hazards to win!

Roger Newton video

Friends and family of Roger Newton gathered at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum on Saturday, August 16, 2009, for an emotional tribute to one of the most beloved members of the R/C and full-size hydro racing fraternity. The celebration concluded with David Newton firing the 12-cylinder Allison engine in the Miss Burien as a final salute to his father. The 15min Roger J. Newton tribute video

U-37 will attend San Diego

We'll have a field of 11 unlimited hydroplanes for racing in San Diego. The U-37 has confirmed they will be attending.

More from >>

Evansville Mayor: Freedom Festival will continue, but will it have hydro racing?

"It's important to the city. It's important to this community," Weinzapfel said. "And, we're going to make sure the Freedom Festival continues here in the city of Evansville in some shape or form."
Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel on

What he didn't say is whether the Festival will include hydroplane races, an air show, or neither. He did say there will be an announcement later this week... and that the next group taking over the event would not be likely to pick up past debts.


Watch Video >>

VIDEO: Evansville selling docks to pay off debt


Evansville poll has some fans mad

A current on-line poll being conducted by one of the Evansville TV stations has some hydro fans hopping mad.

"Evansville media needs to take some of the blame as well to this current situation," said contributor Mike Fetscher. As a former TV person, Fetscher has a few unkind words about the TV news folks.

The poll in question is on the left side of the station's home page. View here >>

I'd be interested in your thoughts as well.

Latest on Thunder

Monday story from WFIE TV with the latest on the Thunder on the Ohio. The Freedom Festival owes $90,000 to the ABRA. Eleven docks used by the teams are for sale to help pay some of that debt.

Storm Warning: Freedom Festival pullout puts Thunder in jeopardy

Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel said Saturday in the Courier & Press that the Freedom Festival "is going to be all right" in the future. Weinzapfel declined, however, to address plans for the festival's signature events, Thunder on the Ohio and Thunder Air, or say if the festival will be run by another group.


Storm Warning: Freedom Festival pullout puts Thunder in jeopardy >>

ABRA still owed 90,000 from Thunder

"We are actually negotiating with them to pay us," he (ABRA's Sam Cole) said on Sunday. "They still owe us $90,000. We've worked with these guys for 30 years." When asked why ABRA has not been paid in full, Cole said: "(The board) basically told us the sponsorship money hadn't been paid."


The Festival owes that money, plus money to other creditors. Tom Sawyer, race director, told the Evansville Courier-Press that if the Festival board liquidates all of its assets, " it eventually should be able to pay all its debts."


VIDEO: Chip Hanauer's return to hydro racing

From KIRO-TV, Seattle

Docks and electrical systems for hydro races up for sale in Evansville

Meanwhile, the Thunder on the Ohio race chairman said he is being instructed by the festival's outgoing board to sell docks and electrical equipment that have been used to put on the summer unlimited hydroplane boat race.

"We have 11 docks, solid aluminum," race chairman Tom Sawyer said, adding he estimates the docks are worth $8,400 each.

Read more from Evansville Courier-Press >>

VIDEO: U-3's Ed Cooper talks about Evansville's future

"It's a sign to me they're not planning on having another race," said U-3's Ed Cooper. "You wouldn't sell the docks and then go out and buy more."


VIDEO: Evansville race in jeopardy; docks being sold

WFIE-TV 14 News has learned that the boating docks you nomally see for "Thunder on the Ohio" are in the process of being sold. Now some are concerned that means the race won't exist next year at the event.

Courtesy WFIE-TV

Thunder Docks Being Sold?


14 News has learned that the boating docks you nomally see for "Thunder on the Ohio" are in the process of being sold.

Now some are concerned thatmeans the race won't exist next year at the event. This all comes from a volunteer with "Thunder on the Ohio" who did not want to be identified. He tells us the Freedom Festival Board decided to put 11 docks up for sale at $8,400 each.

It was all shortly after the Freedom Festival Board announced they would no longer be in charge of the event next year.

Full story from WFIE-TV >>

Roger J. Newton Memorial

2-3 hundred family and Friends turned out to celebrate the life of Roger Newton. It was a fitting tribute to a man that meant so much to so many people.

Don Mock and the Museum put together a very nice mobile of Roger's scale hydro's

The crowd with two of Roger's favorite hydro projects

Roger's last project. A fitting tribute to have his name on the boat.

Freedom Festival in Doubt

The Board of Directors of the Evansville Freedom Festival voted to give up the responsiblity of planning the event. 2008 Festival Chairman Scott Hinton released this statement:

The Freedom Festival Board of Directors has voted to relinquish the organizational responsibilities for Evansville’s annual signature riverfront event.
The board held considerable discussion in order to reach the decision to end its role in planning and presenting the Freedom Festival. They carefully weighed the increasing demands of securing adequate sponsorship funding and handling the extensive planning details for the event that has gained national attention and attracted tens of thousands of people to Evansville each year. The all-volunteer board, each with full-time jobs and family obligations were assisted by hundreds of volunteers who helped stage the annual event.
“Putting on a quality event of this size with the type of attractions that the public expects simply proved to be an enormous challenge for a relatively small group of very dedicated volunteers,” said Scott Hinton, the 2008 board president. “The Freedom Festival has grown to the point that full-time planning and staffing is needed and we realize as an all-volunteer board, we can no longer effectively meet the obligations,” added Hinton.

Go 3 Racing Heading to San Diego for Bayfair

The Go 3 Racing Team will return to San Diego BayFair on Mission Bay for the first time since 2006. Last year with no sponsorship or guaranteed prize money, it was virtually impossible for the fan favorite and only piston powered boat in the fleet and all volunteer crew to make the long haul from Southern Indiana to San Diego, California. Owner Ed Cooper, Jr. had the boat prepared to race, and ready to head west. But, the Go3 team needs money to race and made the decision to not race in 2007. This year the San Diego BayFair has secured title sponsorship from Boeing and the San Diego Union-Tribune. The race is becoming a more financially sound race site. Dr. Ken Muscatel and his new group, Thunderboats Unlimited Inc., was formed to help the San Diego event grow and remain a staple on the ABRA race circuit. Look for more announcements soon from the Go3 Racing team. The Go3 web team will go to the headquarters and take a look at preparations for the final race of the 2008 ABRA season. We'll bring you video, pictures and all the latest news from the Go3 Racing Team.

From your friends at rcu

RCU will never be the same without its CZAR

Congrats to Steve Schmidts for winning last week's Roger Newton Memorial Silver Cup in Granger, WA.

Sam Cole on Seattle appeal verdict

"When you read the rule book on this specific rule, it states that the chief referee's call is final and that's what was decided. This is not a technical call, it is a judgment call -- just like balls and strikes in baseball -- and what the referee says is final," said ABRA race chairman Sam Cole on the ABRA website.



Rick Gordon services

Rick Gordon, a Roseville, Mich supplier of shafting, gears and gear boxes to many of the modern fleet had a massive heart attack Saturday. Prior to Rick's involvement his Dad supplied the same equipment for many of the old piston boats.

Here is information about services...

In state Wednesday 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. service at St. PeterLutheran Church, 17051 24 Mile Rd., Macomb. Visitation Monday 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday 1-8 p.m. at Hauss Funeral Home, 47477 Romeo Plank, Macomb. Memorials to St. Peter Lutheran Church Organ Fund.

JMK Update

J. Michael Kelly had a very successful week of racing at the APBA Stock Outboard National Championships in Whitney Point, NY. Racing finished up this past Sunday.

JMK qualified for 7 different class finals, and scored top 5 finishes in five. His best finish was 2nd in the A Stock Hydro class, losing out on overall time after being tied for 1st.

Two 3rd places finishes in the B Stock and C Stock classes, a 4th place in the 25SS Runabout and a 5th place in the ASR class. Broken boats prevented Kelly from finishing in the two other finals in which he qualified.

Not a bad weekend racing for JMK. He had never seen these boats, much less raced them, and out raced most of his competitors. Just making a final in a particular class meant beating, at times, some 35 other racers.

Qualifying for some finals saw at least 2 sets of elimination heats, and sometimes 3 sets. The finals consisted of 12boats racing.

Next up for JMK. A rest. The U-13 Graham Trucking driver has earned it!

Photo Courtesy of Jack Lowe

VIDEO: Stuff like this scares me

This is an amazing piece of video showing a drag boat literally disintegrating before your eyes. Amazingly, the capsule pops free, the safety equipment does its job, and the driver is OK.

Rick Gordon passes away

Rick Gordon, a Roseville, Mich supplier of shafting, gears and gear boxes to many of the modern fleet had a massive heart attack Saturday.

Prior to Rick's involvement his Dad supplied the same equipment for many of the old piston boats.

Paul Becker Update

From Jim Wilmot on the Hydropage web forum:

Although his injuries are not life threatening, Paul is recovering tonight from a broken ankle and minor spinal trauma from his blowover in today's Silverdale race. The boat (UL-14) is cracked pretty badly and will take a lot of energy to repair. Please keep him and his team in your thoughts and prayers.

Original posting >>

Kayleigh Perkins wins at Silverdale

ULHRA event @ Silverdale - Finals

1. UL-72 Miss Boat Electric (Kayleigh Perkins)

2. UL-15 Graham Trucking G.T. Happy Go Lucky – Pump Tech (Greg Hopp)

3. UL-89 Lake Trash Apparel and Lake (Mike Sadlon)

Earlier, Paul Becker in the UL-14 Miss Critical Logic blew over, went 360 and landed upright. Paul is OK. He was leading the Driver high points going into the weekend.

VIDEO: U-5 and U-6 nearly collide (2006)

MORE PHOTOS: Mt. Baker, 1950's

From John Logan: Pictures are ones I took as a kid with my Brownie camera back in '54 or '55 or ? Those were the days the Unlimiteds took over greater Seattle for a week, qualifing 9 to 5, or later, 6 days of the week.

PHOTOS: Mt. Baker Pits, 1950's

From John Logan: Pictures are ones I took as a kid with my Brownie camera back in '54 or '55 or ? Those were the days the Unlimiteds took over greater Seattle for a week, qualifing 9 to 5, or later, 6 days of the week.

50 Years Ago: Bill Muncey and Miss Thriftway in the Gold Cup (includes Video)

It was the week we tried to go to the moon and it was the week Miss Thriftway went to the bottom of Lake Washington. If you were in the South Sound on that summer Sunday 50 years ago today, then you will remember the announcer’s anguished call: “Where’s Bill? Where’s Bill?”

50 years ago: Dreams fulfilled and yet to come >>

Here's video of the incident that you can find on youtube.

PHOTOS: U-37 start in Seattle

Photos by Rod Smith

Roger Newton has passed away

We have received word that Roger Newton passed away this Saturday. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Roger Newton update

UPDATE: Not good news here... Roger Newton has taken a turn for the worse. As many of you know, Roger's been in bad shape since having a heart attack recently. Updates to follow...

Roger Newton, former Ken Muscatel Freei crew chief, R/C model builder and Hydroplane Raceboat Museum volunteer and current prop man on the U-48/U-50 team suffered a heart attack after the Columbia Cup in Kennewick, Washington race and was hospitalized in Seattle.

His quadruple bypass seemed to go well last week, however there had been complication since. He had been put on artificial heart devices to try to get him through the weekend and determine whether a heart transplant was necessary.
Our thoughts and prayers go out for Roger and his family.

JMK Racing for National Titles

No rest for the weary. Almost immediately after driving at Seattle Seafair, U-13 driver J. Michael Kelly hopped on a plane and headed across country. Why? To race in the APBA Stock Outboard National Championships in Whitney Point, NY. The event started Monday August 4 and concludes Sunday August 11.

JMK raced in 6 classes of outboard hydros and qualified for 4 finals. Impressive considering he had never sat in the drivers seat for any of these hydros until he raced the boats.

As of this writing, JMK finished 2nd in the A Stock Hydro class and 4th in the 25SS Runabout class. He still has to race in the C Stock Hydro and B Stock Hydro finals. We'll update those results when we recieve them.

What's more impressive about Kelly's success is the level of competetion he is facing. Each final has 12 boats competing, and is some classes 2 or 3 rounds of elimination heats just to make a final. Up to 34 boats could be competing for the 12 spots in the final. Add to that, the class National champ from the previous year, the Region champ are invited, so only 4-6 spots are open. One must finish in the top two or three to qualify. Remember that JMK is racing in these different classes in boats he has never driven until this week!

Several of the class boats, the A Stock and C Stock that JMK is driving are owned by Mark Tate, the former Gold Cup and 4 time National driving champ. Ironically the current U-13 Graham Trucking hull that JMK is driving was also driven by Tate.

The event will conclude on Sunday August 11. Check back for more results for J. Michael Kelly as he competes in the Stock Outboard National Championships.

Perkins Hopes to End Gauntlet on High Note

"It's unbelievable," said (Kayleigh) Perkins... "I wouldn't trade what I'm doing for anything else in the world."

PHOTO: Kayleigh wins in South Dakota

Navy: Hydroplanes are an extreme sport that appeals to the masses

Lt. Cmdr. Heather Kline, NRD Seattle enlisted programs officer. “I think the hydroplane appeals to the masses and it’s an extreme type of sport, which people are interested in. It makes people ask more questions. They think, ‘wow if they have a hydroplane, what else do they do?’.”


PHOTO: James Crisp

WANTED: Blogger for San Diego

It appears now that I will be unable to attend the races in San Diego, so I need someone who is willing to handle the HydroInsider Live Blog Sept 19-21.

In exchange for handling the blog, I should be able to provide media credentials, a great place to watch the races, and maybe a parking pass. You'll need a laptop with wireless.

If you might want to take this on, please email me. Thanks.

Paul Dughi

RAW VIDEO: Chip Hanauer takes Miss Boeing on Lake Washington

Watch KING-TV aerial video of U-787 >>

VIDEO: Hydroplane Crane Operator Handles His Load With Care

KIRO-TV story on the crane operators that take the boats in and out of the water at Seafair.

Watch video >>

VIDEO: Theoret: "I got notification after the first lap"

"I got notification (about the penalty) after the first lap," U-37 Beacon Plumbing driver Jean Theoret told KING-TV in Seattle.


VIDEO: Explaining "off plane"

KIRO-TV reporter does a story explaining what it means to go off-plane and includes reactions from Jean Theoret and Dave Villwock.


Beacon Plumbing President Now Says Won't Pull Sponsorship

"(Bill) Cahill published a news release Wednesday that urged officials to review the call and overturn the decision. He cited how much his company means to the sport and what could potentially happen if Beacon Plumbing was no longer a part of it."


VIDEO: Extended interview with Chief Referee Mike Noonan

KIRO-TV has posted a longer version of the videotape review and comments by ABRA's chief referee for Seafair.

Still No Official Winner In Seafair's Chevrolet Cup >>

"The credibility of the sport is what's in jeopardy," said Bill (Schumacher). "We won the race hands down and it needs to stay that way."

PHOTO: U-5 sponson walking

I got this photo in an email with no info about the photographer. If you know who took this shot, please let me know so I can give appropriate credit. Thanks!

VIDEO: Seattle Final Heat

Video is a joint project of ABRA, KNDU-TV and

This is another view of the final and the last seconds of the score-up period. Not sure it sheds any additional light on the penalty call against the U-37. You be the judge.

VIDEO: U-1 Interview after Heat 3B

Video is a joint project of ABRA, KNDU-TV and

VIDEO: U-37 Interview after Heat 3A

Video is a joint project of ABRA, KNDU-TV and

VIDEO: Seattle Heat 3B

Video is a joint project of ABRA, KNDU-TV and

VIDEO: Seattle Heat 3A

Video is a joint project of ABRA, KNDU-TV and

Comments on this board

I think a healthy debate about rules, the way a race is officiated, or thoughts on the future of hydroplane racing is a good thing. But lately, it's become a contest to see who can out-shout someone else on the comment section of this blog.

Please keep it civil. Keep it clean. And take the high road. If you're going to resort to name calling, go do it somewhere else.

I have spent way too much time working on this blog and to see it hijacked by a few people who anonymously post trash. The others who have contribute here and civilly discuss issues here deserve better. I don't want to have to disable comments - often the best info comes from there - but I will be forced to do so if it doesn't end.

And, regardless of how you feel about ABRA, the officials, or any drivers, teams, etc., let's stop the name calling right now. And to whoever felt the need to post Sam's personal email and cell phone number, that's way out of bounds. C'mon, guys. We're better than this.

No more anonymous posting will be allowed. You'll have to sign in through blogger or google to leave a comment.


From Karl Fortner with this note:
Chevrolet Cup at Seafair, Lap 2 of Heat 2A
David Bryant, charging hard down the front stretch and into turn one tangled with a roller at the apex of the turn. KIRO-7 video shows that he never fully inverted in the air and the boat was rolled over in the water from the impact.

Thanks, Karl!

VIDEO: Hydro Montage

"Race Day" found on Youtube. Highlights from Tri-Cities, WA.

Villwock on referees

"The referees have done an awesome job of making calls," Villwock said. "There are balls and strikes. Sometimes it goes over the plate and sometimes it doesn't."

"We were all warned about being off plane. I sped up, and so did Theoret, but then he went off plane again."

SOURCE: Associated Press