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

VIDEO: Villwock receives Chevrolet Cup

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


Dave Villwock also announces a $50,000 donation to Ronald McDonald house.

Thank you Nelson Holmberg!

I just want to thank Nelson and Dawn Holmberg for handling blogging duties this weekend in Seattle for HydroInsider. They did an unbelievable job on the LIVE BLOG. Thanks for keeping all of us up-to-date!

Paul Dughi

VIDEO: Heat 2B

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

VIDEO: Heat 2A - U-10 Flips

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


Note... flip happens in the blind spot behind a crane. The announcers couldn't see it either and it took a while for them to figure out what happened.

Here's a slideshow of the U-10 flip from KIRO-TV >>
VIDEO: KIRO-TV video of the flip (Click on video list at right) >>

Final results are in, without escaping controversy

Jean Theoret spun a piece of magic in the mill, got lane one, and used that advantage to hold off Dave Villwock in the U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss in the winner-take-all final of the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

Unfortunately for Billy Schumacher Racing Team, a one-minute penalty called against the Miss Beacon Plumbing for being off plane after the one-minute mark, gave the victory to Villwock.

The controversial decision in the official final results came after Theoret was called for being off plane when the rest of the fleet – except Kip Brown in the U-17 Our Gang Racing Team boat – could have just as easily been called for the exact same penalty.

But the story really was how Theoret outdrove Villwock and led from wire to wire, after hitting the start just right in lane one. Villwock had lane two on Theoret's hip. By the time the two boats exited the south turn on lap one, Theoret had gained a big lead, and stretched it to more than two roostertails by the end of the second lap.

Villwock closed once late, just after the beginning of the fifth lap, but Theoret responded by dropping the hammer on the backstretch and securing the win.

Steve David finished third in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, followed by Jeff Bernard in the U-5 FormulaBoats.com in fourth. Fifth place went to Greg Hopp driving Fred Leland's U-100 MirageBoats.com, and sixth was rookie driver Kip Brown driving his Uncle Nate Brown's U-17 Our Gang Racing Team boat.

It was the first final for the U-17, which has only run twice in Seattle and once in Tri-Cities since being christened at the 2007 Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

J. Michael Kelly returned the U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit to the pits under its own power after the first lap. Kelly’s cockpit hatch opened and he was unable to close it again, so he returned to the pits.

Chevrolet Cup Final Heat results (official)
1. U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock
2. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David
3. U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard
4. U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown
5. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
6. U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp
DNF U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit

Update...

Here's the story with the penalty called against the U-37 in the final...

An official called the U-37 for being off-plane after the 1-minute gun, and assessed a 1-minute penalty to the U-37. That penalty gave Dave Villwock the win in the U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss.

There has been an official protest filed by the U-37 team, claiming that most of the field was off plane at the same time, so the results of the final heat are still unofficial.

A decision is pending, so stay tuned.

By the way, J. Michael Kelly returned to the pits in the final because his hatch kept opening and he was unable to get it to latch.

As of this moment, the unofficial order of finish is:
1. U-1
2. U-6
3. U-5
4. U-17
5. U-37
6. U-100
U-13 DNF

Jean Theoret wins Chevrolet Cup at Seafair, then loses

Jean Theoret had appeared to win the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair on the water, but an officials decision after the race was over gave the win to Dave Villwock.

More soon.

Also keep an eye on www.abrahydroplanes.com for more information.

Unlimited Lights Final

Paul Becker won the UL final, followed by Jerry Hopp in the Happy Go Lucky/Graham Trucking, and Kayleigh Perkins, who won the B-Main to get into the final.

Unlimiteds final delayed

Due to the events of the morning that put everything off schedule, including the airshow, the Chevrolet Cup final has been postponed to 5:05 p.m. (PDT).

The unlimited lights are being readied for their final right now, with the UL 14 Critical Logic and the Happy Go Lucky, to be driven by Jerry Hopp, and the UL 13 Hendrickson Irrigation Design going into the water off to our right. The UL final appears to be set for a 4:40 start.

Brown "wins" provisional final

So, it wasn't the way that Kip Brown had hoped it would be, but Kip Brown won the provisional final and earned his spot as the seventh boat into the Chevrolet Cup winner-take-all championship final.

Officials asked Brown to run just one legal lap in order to make it official, and the checkered flag was out for him as he rounded the north turn of the Ted Jones Memorial Race Course.

The U-7 FormulaBoats.com, driven by Jimmy Shane, failed to start, even though it was on the water ready to go, but the U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, driven by Brian Perkins wasn't able to get an engine change finished in the half-hour allowed when cranes were able to start working again after the airshow. Same story with the U-25 Miss Procraft Windows of Dr. Ken Muscatel. The engine change just wasn't done in time, so neither boat even made it to the water.

Today's final heat for the unlimiteds is set for 4:45 p.m. (PDT).

Unlimited Lights B-Main

Kayleigh Perkins easily won the unlimited lights B-Main, that was just finished.

Up next is the unlimiteds provisional final, set to start at 3 p.m. (PDT).

Photos of the U-10

Here are a few photos of the U-10 upon its return to the pits after an accident in heat 2A this morning.

The team has withdrawn from the rest of the race and has already delivered the turbine that was in the boat to a local shop for inspection and repair.






VIDEO: Heat 2A where Bryant flips >>

VIDEO: KIRO-TV video of flip (click on Heat 2A on the right) >>

U-48 takes one for the team

Just when the Go Fast, Turn Left Racing Team was getting the U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving set up the way they liked it, teammate U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy blows up an engine, and has a need for a new one.

U-48 crew chief Gale Whitestine said since the U-50 is in the national points chase, the U-48 is lending its engine to the U-50 for the provisional, and withdrawing itself.

"We're all one team," Whitestine said.

There hasn't been a decision yet, Whitestine said, as to whether the U-48 would go to San Diego with the U-50 next month. Whitestine said that decision would be made later this week.

Provisional delayed

The unlimited provisional heat has been postponed to 3 p.m. (PDT), due to the airshow and delays earlier in the day due to the accident and rerun of heat 2A. Fueling of the boats is not allowed, and cranes are not allowed to be used, during the airshow, so some of the unlimited teams are not quite ready.

The unlimited lights will run their B Main at 2:50 p.m. (PDT) and their final heat at 4:25 p.m. (PDT)

Points standings of the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

Here are the points earned by each team as of the completion of today's preliminary heats.

U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock, 1,200
U-37 Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret, 1,100
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 1,100
U-13 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 750
U-100 Mirageboats.com, Greg Hopp, 727
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard, 694
U-7 Formulaboats.com, Jimmy Shane, 619
U-17 Our Gang Racing, Kip Brown, 465
U-50 Miss Albert Lee, Brian Perkins, 450
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant, 300
U-48 Albert Lee presents Miss Lakeridge Paving, David Williams, 264
U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Ken Muscatel, 169
U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too, Jimmy King, 0

Chevrolet Cup Final heat field

Here is the field for the winner-take-all final heat of the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair. The final is scheduled to be run at 4:45 p.m. (PDT).

U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock, 1,200 points today
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard, 694
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 1,100
U-13 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 750
U-37 Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret, 1,100
U-100 Mirageboats.com, Greg Hopp, 727

The winner of the provisional final will move into the final field as well, and will start as a "trailer" boat, meaning it will need to start at least one roostertail behind the front line starters.

Provisional field

Here is the field for the Chevrolet Cup provisional final. The winner will advance to the winner-take-all Chevrolet Cup final.

The provisional final will be run at 2:30 p.m. (PDT).

U-7 Formulaboats.com, Jimmy Shane, 619 points this weekend
U-17 Our Gang Racing, Kip Brown, 465 points
U-50 Miss Albert Lee, Brian Perkins, 450 points
U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Ken Muscatel, 169 points

Heat 3B results

Jeff Bernard pulled a crafty move at the start in order to get the inside lane, when he watched Steve David and Dave Villwock take their boats into the south turn at a low speed, and as soon as the two of them passed the entrance pin, Bernard cut through the course to take lane 1 in the backstretch.

Bernard held lane 1 for the start, but was passed from lane two by Villwock as they exited the south turn.

Bernard held on to second place until the second lap when David passed him to take over second.

Meanwhile, Kip Brown was in a race of his own, for fourth place, as he was outside of Greg Hopp in the U-100 and had enough speed to keep Hopp from overtaking him, to finish fourth. Hopp was fifth and David Williams finished sixth in the U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving.

Heat 3B Results
1. U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock, 400 points (1,200 cumulative)
2. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 300 (1,000)
3. U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard, 225 (750)
4. U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown, 169 (465)
5. U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp, 127 (727)
6. U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving, David Williams 96 (265)

Heat 3A results

All four boats came through the start and into the first turn together, and after the first turn, Jean Theoret pulled the U-37 a roostertail ahead of J. Michael Kelly in the U-13 Graham Trucking, and that was enough to get first place.

JMK finished second and while he had kicked it in to cruise control, Jimmy Shane was picking away at the U-13's lead in the U-7 FormulaBoats.com. Going down the backstretch on the third lap, it was pretty obvious that JMK's radio man told him to put the hammer down again, and the U-13 jumped ahead again to secure second place.

The U-50 died in the south turn after letting out a loud bang at the entrance pin. We're thinking the Miss Albert Lee blew a motor. It was the first DNF of the season for the U-50 team.

The U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors was obviously not a player in the heat and ironically was just being returned to its trailer when the boats were leaving the pits for the heat.

Dr. Ken Muscatel also did not start with the U-25 Miss Procraft Windows.

Heat 3A Results
1. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret, 400 points (1,100 cumulative)
2. U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit, J. Michael Kelly, 300 points (750)
3. U-7 FormulaBoats.com, Jimmy Shane, 225 points (394)
DNS U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel, 0 points (169)
DNS U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant, 0 points (300)

The boats for heat 3B are now on the water. Five to the five.

Heat 3 draws

Here's the draw for heat 3A, which is within the five minute gun.

U-7 FormulaBoats.com, Jimmy Shane
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant (scratch)
U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit, J. Michael Kelly
U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel (scratch)
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins

Heat 3B is:
U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David
U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown
U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving, David Williams
U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp

Heat 2A Results

Jeff Bernard jumped the gun in the U-5 FormulaBoats.com at the restart, so Steve David in the Oh Boy! Oberto settled in to what appeared to be second place on the course until the end of the third lap when Bernard got a white flag, signifying his one lap penalty, and David took the checkered flag.

The U-25 Miss Procraft Windows went dead in the water in the north turn during the mill and did not start.

The U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy was penalized a lap for falling off plane in the mill for more than five seconds.

After all of the penalties were sorted out and extra laps were run, the final order of finish in heat 2A is:

1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 400 points (800 cumulative)
2. U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp, 300 points (600)
3. U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard, 225 points (525)
4. U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins, 169 points (394)
DNS U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel, 0 points (169)

Heat 2A restart

The restart of Heat 2A is less than 5 minutes away now, as all five boats (minus the U-10) are out on the water.

The U-25 has gone dead in the water in the north turn during the mill.

Jeff Bernard and Steve David are, as expected, battling one another for the inside lane with just under two minutes to go.

We were just down in the U-10 pits and had a chance to talk with David Bryant. He's OK. He didn't even get wet during the accident or getting out of the boat.

Heat 2B results

Dave Villwock took lane 1 in a bit of a departure from his usual Seattle strategy, and won heat 2B with the U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, beating Jean Theoret in the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.

After one lap, the boats were strung out with Kip Brown running third physically, but a lap down for having jumped the gun. The most excitement in the heat was when J. Michael Kelly passed Brown, solidifying third place for himself.

Fourth place went to Jimmy Shane in the U-7 FormulaBoats.com, followed by Brown in the U-17 Our Gang Racing Team hull.

David Williams with the U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving pulled to the center of the course after the first lap. Not sure yet what the problem was, but he did not finish the heat.

Heat 2B unofficial results
1. U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock, 400 points (800 accumulated)
2. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret, 300 points (700)
3. U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit, J. Michael Kelly, 225 points (450)
4. U-7 FormulaBoats.com, Jimmy Shane, 169 points (169)
5. U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown, 127 points (296)
DNF U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving, David Williams, 0 points (169)

The restart for heat 2A is up next. No exact time has yet been announced and we have not yet heard the 10-to-the-five.

Heat 2b

All six boats for heat 2B are on the water with less than five minutes to the start.

Five to the five for heat 2B

We're within five to the five for heat 2B.

U-10 update

Upon further review, it seems as if there is not a large break across the bottom of the U-10 hull, as we reported earlier.

It turns out the big mark we saw across the bottom of the hull on the video is just a piece of debris.

We'll update when the boat gets back to the pits.

U-10 went over

The U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors has flipped in the south turn at the end of the first lap of heat 2A.

It only took seconds for David Bryant to free himself from the boat through the hatch on the bottom of the boat. He's OK.

The right sponson got some air, and rolled over.

There is severe damage to the bottom of the hull across the bottom, so we'll see what the result is when it's back in the pits.

Most importantly, however, David Bryant is OK.

The other boats are now returning to the pits. We'll move on to heat 2B and then come back to re-run 2A.

Heat 2a

We are coming up on the five minute clock for the start of heat 2A.

Heat 2A preview

Heat 2A of the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair is coming up at 10:45 a.m., and looks like it could be a real barnburner of a race.

Favorites in the heat will certainly be the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, the U-5 FormulaBoats.com, and the U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors.

That being said, there could also be a battle for other positions behind the three favorites, as Dr. Ken Muscatel (U-25 Miss Procraft Windows), Brian Perkins (U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy) and Greg Hopp (U-100 MirageBoats.com) could all mix it up.

Heat 2A presented by 76 Quality PROclean gasoline
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant
U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel
U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins
U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp

LIVE VIDEO STREAM IS UP!

Here's the link to KIRO-TV's coverage of Seafair 2008.

Watch the LIVE STREAM >>

VIDEO: Seattle Heat 1B (with audio)

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

This clip has the play-by-play audio!

Course closed for unlimiteds

The lights now have the course, as their testing session runs from 9:30-9:50 this morning.

U-25

Dr. Ken Muscatel just took out the U-25 for a very brief test. He ran about a half a lap before returning to the pits. Most likely testing the steering adjustments the team made this morning.

High fuel prices effect hydro fleet

A news release from the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison Racing Team explains how high fuel prices are also affecting hydroplane racing this summer.

The release says:

When the colorful, sleek and fast unlimited hydroplanes take to the blue waters of Seattle's Lake Washington this weekend, teams are feeling the pinch of the high fuel prices just as the fans on the beaches are.

While fans track their own gas mileage and budgets, the unlimiteds are doing the same.

"We feed the engine 4.3 gallons of Jet-A fuel a minute," said Oh Boy! Oberto crew chief Mike Hanson. "It takes a fair amount of fuel to power three tons of boat around the 2-mile race course here at the Chevrolet Cup."

That works out to about 10 gallons of fuel per lap of racing.

"Last year our total fuel budget for the race boat was a little over $6,000," team manager Charlie Grooms said. "This year at the halfway point in the season, with a shortened Detroit Gold Cup race, we have surpassed last year's fuel budget."

Sunday Media Roundup

"This a professional team," said Villwock as his crew continued to tweak the boat. "We don't just sit back and run the same thing that we ran. We're constantly changing to find something that is a little better."
Villwock looks to continue dominance at Seafair >>
THE OLYMPIAN

Michael Schumacher was watching an unlimited hydroplane race for the first time at Mission Bay in San Diego several years ago when he saw Dave Villwock standing by a trailer. “You got to bring this to Europe,” Schumacher said to Villwock. “Nobody’s seen anything like this. Unbelievable.”


Next for hydros: the world >>
THE NEWS TRIBUNE

"We broke the bottom end of the engine yesterday, and broke two today. It's been a run of bad luck. I hate saying that, but I don't know what else to call it," said U-3 owner Ed Cooper.

Saturday heat wins for David, Villwock and Theoret >>
HYDROINSIDER.COM


Race Marketing Partners and Thunderboats Unlimited Club are proud to announce The San Diego Union Tribune as the Title Sponsor for the 2008 San Diego Bayfair World Series of Power Boat Racing.


2008 San Diego Bayfair World Series of Power Boat Racing announces title sponsor >> HYDROINSIDER.COM

VIDEO: Hydroplanes and Blue Angels at Seafair

More Seafair Sunday notes

  • The U-787 Boeing presents Salute to Seafair, driven by Chip Hanauer yesterday and Friday, has just taken to the water for another exhibition run, using bio-jet fuel, a blend that is made up of 80 percent coconut oil. The boat ran a lap of 147.631 yesterday.
  • The boat is being driven this morning by Jimmy King since Chip is one of the analysts working the KIRO (CBS, channel 7 in Seattle) live broadcast of today's race.
  • Yesterday, the ABRA announced that the San Diego Union-Tribune has signed on as the title sponsor of the 2008 San Diego Bayfair World Series of Powerboat Racing.
  • Jimmy King has run laps of 141.653, and 140.260 the U-787 this morning.
  • Jimmy's regular ride, the U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too, is finished for the weekend, after having to withdraw due to running out of motors. The team came to Seattle with three available turbocharged Allisons, and blew two of them this weekend during testing & qualifying. They blew the third Saturday afternoon during heat 1A.

VIDEO: Saturday Heats are on-line

Video is a joint project of ABRA, KNDU-TV and HydroInsider.com... seven posted so far...

VIDEO: U-37 crew chief Scott Raney's story

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

VIDEO: Jean Theoret interview after winning Heat 1C

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



Jean Theoret and the U-37 Beacon Plumbing win Heat and then talk about the victory.

VIDEO: Dave Villwock interviews after winning Heat 1B

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

Watch Dave Villwock win his first heat at Seafair, then talk about the victory.

U-100

As we see the U-100 crew getting ready to do a trailer start, we're happy to report that Fred Leland is here in the pits this morning.

VIDEO: Seattle Heat 1C

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



Jean Theoret and U-37 Beacon Plumbing win Heat 1C at Seafair 2008.

Sunday's schedule

Here's the schedule for today's unlimited hydroplane action (all times PDT):

8:30-9:30 a.m. - Unlimited hydroplane testing
10:40 a.m. - Heat 2A.
10:55 a.m. - Heat 2B.
12:15 p.m. - Heat 3A
12:35 p.m. - Heat 3B
2:30 p.m. - Provisional final
4:45 p.m. - Chevrolet Cup final

U-13, U-7 speeds

A couple of speeds have been announced, as the U-13 and U-7 have run full laps this morning.

  • The U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit recorded a time of 145.487 before bringing the boat back to the pits.
  • Jimmy Shane set down a 125-plus and a 131.587 lap with the U-7. Seems they're still looking for speed from the U-7.
  • Jeff Bernard is out for a very extended test session, as he's still out there working on starts and timing laps.
  • David Williams is on the course with the U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving.

Sunday morning testing

So far, each of the boats that have been on the course (U-1, U-5, U-10 and U-17) have only worked on timing runs. No speeds have been recorded or announced this morning.

The U-5 is currently on the course, and the U-13is leaving the pits as we speak. The lid just went down on the U-7 as well.

The U-5 again has the salt water snorkel installed this morning.

Course Records for Seattle

Just for the sake of reference, here is a list of the course records in Seattle (during the turbine/restricted era of 2000-2007).

Seattle's Ted Jones Memorial Race Course is a 2-mile oval.

2-mile qualification lap
157.480
Miss Elam Plus, Dave Villwock
2006

2-mile competition lap
150.316
Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
2007

6-mile heat (3 laps)
145.648
Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
2007

10-mile heat (five laps)
141.880
Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
2006

28-mile race
137.935
Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, Steve David
2007

Sunday from the Seafair pit tower

Good morning everyone from the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle.

It's Seafair Sunday, and things are heating up in the pits.

Our first walk around this morning sees the U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too all packed up and ready to go home to Indiana, but also shows the U-10, U-5, U-17, U-1 all in the water already for the 8:30-9:30 a.m. (PDT) test session.

Others getting ready to go include the U-7, U-48, and U-37 which are all on the slings, and the U-50 and U-100 which have already trailer fired.

The only news we've been able to find this morning is that the U-13 acquired a couple of new propellers last night, so they have more to work with today, and that the Go Fast, Turn Left Racing Team discovered a broken mechanism in the canard system of the U-48 late yesterday afternoon, and was here until 7:30 last night repairing that. They're also doing a few things to tame the ride for David Williams.

The U-1, U-17 and U-10 have just left the dock for today's first testing runs.