U-7 Damage extensive

Jeff Bernard estimates damage to the U-7 FormulaBoats.com may top $100,000.

PHOTO - James Crisp

Monday racing considered, but not possible

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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Gold Cup Canceled

DDRA Race Director Mark Weber just announced that the 2008 Gold Cup has been called off due to inclement weather.

More Sunday Unlimited photos

PHOTOS - James Crisp

Contingency Plans

ABRA, APBA and Detroit Regatta Association have contingency plans in place:

From ABRA: Due to the high winds, all three organizations have agreed to attempt to run two three-lap elimination heats at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

If the high winds persist the event will be ruled an incomplete event and no contest.

The 100th running of the Gold Cup will take place in 2009.

The last time the APBA Gold Cup was ruled ‘no contest’ was at Lake Mead, Nevada in 1960 due to similar wind conditions

More from ABRA website >>

Kayleigh Perkins wins ULHRA in South Dakota

ULHRA Final Results
Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota

  1. UL 72
    Kayleigh Perkins
    Miss Boat Electric
  2. UL 15
    Greg Hopp
    Graham Trucking GT- Happy Go Lucky & Swenson Brothers Marine
  3. UL 14
    Paul Becker
    Anchor Grill Presents Miss Critical Logic
  4. UL 13
    J.Craig Fletcher
    Celtic Racing
  5. UL 929
    David Warren
    Xaudaro-Wilmot Racing

    DNF. UL 89
    Mike Sadlon
    Lake Trash.com presents No Excuses Racing

Live Streaming - Unlimited Lights Finals

Finals for the Unlimited Lights are about 5 minutes away at Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota.


Who wins the Gold Cup if they can't race anymore today?

"If we can't run, I think they should just give it to the top qualifer," joked U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver Steve David... who by coincidence just happens to be the top qualifier..."That would be fair, I think."

Some of the other teams might disagree, especially Jeff Bernard and the U-5 FormulaBoats.com team. Jeff's won his two heats so far and leads in total points.

Offshore drivers OK

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.

More photos from U-7 damage

PHOTOS - HydroInsider.com

VIDEO: Weather conditions, U-7 damage

Video courtesy ABRA, HydroInsider.com

Unlimited Lights running this weekend as well

Just a reminder that the Unlimited Lights hydroplanes are running this weekend in South Dakota. as well.

Results so far...

Heat Winners

1A: Paul Becker UL-14 Anchor Grill prsents Miss Critical Logic
1B: Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
2A: Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking GT - Happy Go Lucky & Swenson Brothers Marine
2B: Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric

More info >>

LIVE ULHRA video stream >>

U-7 being pulled back to shore

PHOTO - James Crisp

Offshore boat just went over

The Offshore boats got on the water at Detroit. Because of the way they are built, they can run on much rougher water than the Unlimited Hydroplanes.

However, the Motley Crew flipped. Ron and Scott Roman were aboard.

U-3 penalized for encroaching on U-7 in Heat 3A

Jimmy King and U-3 Chrysler Jeep was penalized for encroaching on Mike Allen (U-7 FormulaBoats.com) in Heat 3A, in which Allen flipped.

"Oh Boy Oberto driver Steve David said, “I don’t think Jimmy crowded him intentionally. It’s really rough down in that first turn, and if you hit a wave with the bow it can jerk the boat over to the left whether you want to go there or not.”

VIDEO: Detroit Heat 2B

Courtesy ABRA and HydroInsider.com

VIDEO: Detroit Heat 2A

Courtesy ABRA and HydroInsider.com

Racing on hold

Mark Weber, Operations Direction for Gold Cup, says he believes we will get Unlimited Hydroplane racing in today. According to Weber, winds are supposed to die down later today. Until then, hydro racing is on hold although Off-Shore boats will still run.

Current winds, weather >>

VIDEO: Detroit Heat 1B

Video courtesy ABRA and HydroInsider.com

VIDEO: Detroit Heat 1A

Video is a joint effort between ABRA and HydroInsider.com

PHOTO: U-7 upside down

Screen grab from video of the aftermath of the U-7 FormulaBoats.com flip. It's small, but you can see the U-7 upside down after flipping in the top center of the screen.

Cockpit footage from the Miss Chrysler Jeep in Heat 3A

Click here for in cockpit video from the U3 during heat 3A.


VIDEO: Start of Heat 3A, U-7 flip call

Video is a joint effort by ABRA and HydroInsider.com

Mike Allen, U-7 update

Mike Allen appears to be OK. He is being taken to a Detroit hospital as a precaution.

Boat has been brought back to shore and out of the water. It's up on the trailer now. There appears to be serious damage to the sponsons and decking on the boat's left side.

There is some debris in the first turn that crews are assessing. We're on a HOLD.

VIDEO: Start of Heat 3A, U-7 Accident

HydroInsider.com had cameras rolling on the start of Heat 3A. Mike Allen in the U-7 FormulaBoats.com went up and over exiting turn one. You can hear the announcers on the P.A. make the call and see the aftermath briefly. You do not see the actual flip as it happened behind the leaders.

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Mike Allen update

The first thing Jean Theoret asked when he came to the dock was '' Is he ok?'' worried more about his friend in thr boat. Allen is reported to be ok.

Mike Allen awake and talking

Mike is awake and talking.

Heat 3A Accident

Mike Allen has been involved in an accident. From were I am I cannot tell the condition.

Sunday morning test session

Brian Perkins and the U50 Spirit of the Navy is taking the royal blue hydroplane out on to the somewhat calm Detroit River. Spooling up the Lycoming T55 motor he seems to be having a little difficulty.

Mike Allen in the U7 now takes to the water. Swinging through the roostertail the boat looks smooth.

Now Brian gets the 50 running. Allen slamming into the turn looking to see if the team has given him more power.

Steve David now takes a turn on the course. Allen is hugging the buoy line as Perkins screams past us here in the pits. Steve now running by us looking great. The 13 is trailer firing. Brian Perkins doing a nice run on the buoy line. The team clapping. Coming up the back stretch running wide close to the outside now. This young man has a lot of potential.

David had some trouble with the Oberto now has it running again.