ABRA and APBA to announce "a new relationship"

The American Boat Racing Association (ABRA) and the American Power Boat Association (APBA) have called a teleconference for Friday morning, May 1st "to announce a new relationship between the two organizations" according to a press release from the ABRA. At the ABRA winter meetings February in Madison, (ABRA) Chairman Sam Cole said at the general meeting that a new union between the two was being finalized and the details would be announced at a later date.

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Rising stars of Racing: Brian & Kayleigh Perkins, Taylor Malsam commercials

:30 second versions of the TV commercials featuring Albert Lee's rising stars of racing.

Rising stars of Racing: Brian & Kayleigh Perkins, Taylor Malsam commercials

15-second versions of the TV commercials featuring Brian, Kayleigh and Taylor.

Congrats to Kayleigh, Elizabeth

ULHRA in Firebird - Finals

  1. UL-72 Foster Care - Change a Lifetime / Kayleigh Perkins
  2. UL-93 Trafficade - Desparado / Elizabeth Wolfe

    DNF. UL-1 Festool - Happy Go Lucky - Pump Tech - Graham Trucking / Greg Hopp
Points after Season opener

Kayleigh Perkins
Foster Care - Change a Lifetime

Elizabeth Wolfe
Trafficade - Desperado

Greg Hopp
Festool - Happy Go Lucky - Pump Tech - Graham Trucking

Wil Muncey
Warning Power.Com - Trafficade

Charles Xaudaro
Miss Atomic Screenprinting

Chris Grant
Grant Boat Racing

Mike Flaherty
Power Punch - Roxy Radio 94.5

Complete heat and race results >>

Class 1 Racing in Qatar

Ned Dawson's posted photos of Class 1 racing going in in Qatar. ABRA's Sam Cole and Ken Muscatel are there as well. Gotta say, it's a great backdrop for a race.

Chedck out the Hhttp://www.h2ofullthrottleforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=24520 Full Throttle Forum for pics >>

U-37 sponsor announcement

Detroit Yacht Club Signs on as Title Sponsor For the Gold CupU37 Racing is proud to announce that we will fly the DYC flag as the U37 Miss DYC in Detroit, for the 100th running of the Gold Cup.

From the U-37.com website >>

VIDEO: Portsmouth Jersey Skiff Saturday Heat

Portsmouth JSS Saturday heat from Jack Lowe on Vimeo.

Tom Pakradooni in his new "Rolling Thunder" wins first heat of Jersey Speed Skiff competition at Portsmouth. Brandon Kennedy is his rider. Trevor Kirsh's JS-100 "Summer Storm," was second with Jimmy Stewart driving and Mark Stewart riding... ah, hanging on!

VIDEO: Portsmouth 1.5 litre hydros - Dead heat

Dead Heat! from Jack Lowe on Vimeo.

Brandon Kennedy comes from behind to finish in a dead heat with Kasey Browning (You GO Girl!) in 1.5 litre hydroplane class race at "Power in the Park" Regatta at Portsmouth, VA.

VIDEO: Portsmouth Jersey Skiff Final Race

Portsmouth Jersey Speed Skiff Sunday final from Jack Lowe on Vimeo.

Tom Pakradooni promised a good race and he and Bill Darby delivered, giving boat racing fans a good show in APBA racing at Portsmouth's "Power in the Park" regatta.

ABRA in Qatar

ABRA's Sam Cole and Ken Muscatel are back in Qatar working on the upcoming Unlimited Hydroplane races this year. They're also dropping in on the Class 1 offshore racing that's going on there right now.

Ned Dawson from H20 Full Throttle is also in Qatar covering the races. You can see his updates here >>

Unlimited Lights at Firebird April 25-26

ULHRA.org live streaming webcast of Unlimited Lights racing in Phoenix >>

VIDEO: WEHT-TV Reports on Thunder on the Ohio details

Thunder on the Ohio ~ Follow-ups

Ken Muscatel: “Essentially they had one bad year. That did not seem to be enough to give up on it. I finally sat down with (consultants) Ken Deans and Bart Leland and (race director) Tom Sawyer and there are so many assets and so many inherit strengths that it would essentially be crazy to let it go."

Thunder officials in the forecast >>

The American Boat Racing Association calls it "Nascar H20" and it's coming to Evansville this summer.

Thunder On The Ohio Race, Full Speed Ahead >>

ABRA assets will help put on the race

Ken Muscatel: "The old organization had some lingering debts from last year's events. Some of that was owed to local vendors - that's been satisfied."

"There was $50,000 owed to ABRA. That money has been secured by some of the docks and some of the equipment that was owed by the Freedom Festival. ABRA is assisting us in putting this event together. We have the docks and security from last year's race."

ABRA is allowing the Thunder group to use the docks and securities to put on the races.

Charitable partner for Evansville

"We are going to have a charitable partner - or partners," said Muscatel. "It's a community event that represents what is the heart of Evansville. We are going to have at least one charitable partner to benefit and participate in this event. We're in negotiations."

"Thunder on the Ohio is a non-profit organization based in Evansville," he said.

ABRA on Thunder on the Ohio

"The ABRA isn't technically a partner in the event. They are a sanctioning body without its own financial resources," said Ken Muscatel. "ABRA is lending support." Ken Muscatel, who is an ABRA VP, has been putting in his own resources.

Any profit from event would create a rainy day fund for future year's races. Ticket prices should be similar to past years.

Tom Sawyer: "It's a little premature to say this is the budget. But it will be in the neighborhood og 50-60% of the Freedom Festival budget." The Freedom Festival budget was $600,000-$700,000 last year.

"We're gonna run a tight ship," said Muscatel. "We want to be able to weather the storm." Last year's Evansville event was besieged by rain and stormy weather.

Muscatel heading to Qatar shortly

"The heart of our sport remains in the United States. We need to strong and healthy venue... that's why Evansville is so important." said Ken Muscatel.

He's heading to Qatar with ABRA's Sam Cole to finalize the Qatar races and then discuss other international venues.

Dave Villwock on Evansville

"If there's anything I can do to help promote your end," said Dave Villwock; "Evansville's really important to me."

Thunder on the Ohio: Close to announcing sponsors

Ken Deans, Event and Marketing Consultant: "(Sponsorship) is coming along great. It looks like we're going to have several new ones. The only thing we're waiting to announce is ink on the paper."

"I'm trying to bring in an outside team to bring in sponsorships to create an event... things that are for the race fan, interest the race fan," said Ken Muscatel. "I'm trying to be the link to tie all these things together.

"Everything's lined up now and all speed ahead," he said. "We've talked to a number of our sponsors from last year... we haven't heard from anybody that isn't on board."

"We have a core group of racing fans who love Unlimited Hydroplane racing who will be coming to Evansville."

Ken Muscatel on Washingon DC, San Diego, Qatar

Ken Muscatel: Still trying to get the President's Cup in Washington DC and still trying to piece the San Diego event back together.

Muscatel is heading to Qatar to join ABRA's Sam Cole to finalize deal for racing there as well as explore other international venues.

ABRA announcement regarding Thunder on the Ohio

Ken Muscatel: "Unlimited Hydroplane racing has been under some pressure because of the economic situation."

"We've formed a new organization called Thunder on the Ohio," said Muscatel. "It's a racing event, not a large community festival with racing as a piece of it. It's centerpiece is Unlimited racing."

We are expecting to start ticket sales on July 6th. We expect to have a full fleet of hydroplanes. "It will be the last race before the fleet gets on the boat and heads to Qatar." Muscatel said that all the boats that are heading to Qatar will take part in Evansville.

ABRA announcement regarding Thunder on the Ohio

ABRA putting together an entire event, not just boat racing. Also coordinating national BBQ and Rib competitions at the event as well as car cruise and car show.

ThunderontheOhio.net available shortly to highlight the event.

ABRA announcement regarding Thunder on the Ohio

August 21-23 in Evansville

Sam Cole, ABRA, made this statement: "We are truly excited about today's announcement. It would have been sad to see this go away."

Ken Muscatel takes us behind-the-scenes on what happened in San Diego

San Diego hasn’t been able to pay the full race fee on its own for the past three years, since 2005.

Q&A with Ken Muscatel about San Diego >>

Thunder on the Ohio announcement

From ABRA: Dr. Muscatel will be making a major announcement regarding Thunder On The Ohio’s new race dates and details for Evansville, Indiana today (Tuesday).

Moses Lake Regatta Results

Here's what been reported to me. If you have additional info, please let me know.

  • 1 Litre Mod: Y-1 won both heats; Y-28 and Y-11 each won 2nds.
  • 2.5 Stock: 1. S-12 (Jeff Benard) 2. S-47 2nd 3. S-83
  • 2.5 Mod: A-1 & A-9 each won heats
  • 5 Litre: E-55 (Kip Brown) E55 won both heats; Wally E98 was 2nd
  • 6 Litre: NM-33 (Terry Troxell) won; NM-133 was 2nd

"Canned" hydroplane being built in Evansville

Teams are building designs — a wind turbine, clown fish surrounded by seaweed, a hydroplane boat, Star Wars' R2D2, a soup bowl and a food pyramid — strictly out of canned food.

Teams exhibit can-do spirit >>

BOB GWALTNEY / Courier & Press Shaun Mowery of the Hafer Associates team helps build the team's entry in the "Canstruction" event at Washington Square Mall on Friday night. The team's entry, "Evansville Freedom From Hunger," will use 1,450 cans for a hydroplane-inspired display.

Kelowna Hydrofest website up and running

A dissenting voice in Kelowna

Editor's Note: Adrian Nieoczym is the health, education and political reporter for the Capital News. Apparently, he's against bringing the Unlimited Hydroplanes back to Kelowna. It's one thing to represent a viewpoint in a story; it's quite another to advocate a viewpoint. If it's an opinion piece or an editorial, that's one thing... but as journalism, it's bad form. And if it is an editorial or opinion piece, it should be labeled as such. At least that's my opinion.

Kelowna wrong to allow revival of hydroplane races >>
Kelowna Capital News

MORE PHOTOS: Moses Lake 2009

Photos: Chris Denslow

PHOTOS: Moses Lake 2009

Photos: Chris Denslow

Moses Lake Regatta 2009

Photos: Chris Denslow

Portsmouth Webcast

Inboard hydro racing on both sides of the country this weekend. The western side is at Moses Lake, Washingtion while the east coasters are racing in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Jack Lowe has his camera up and running at the 8th annual "Power in the Park" Regatta in Portsmouth. Take a look at his webscast at: http://www.ustream.tv/jacklowelive all day Sunday, April 19.

Update on APBA driving school

APBA driving school for May is sold out!

Kelowna Update

"We are seeing an enormous amount of support from everyone that knows about the event and we are well on our way to creating an enjoyable and exciting event for all those in attendance. We are very excited to bring unlimited hydroplanes back to Kelowna,” Jorum Schramm, president and CEO of Leverage Sports & Entertainment.

Hydroplane racing returns to Okanagan Lake >>

Good news from the U-37 website

Jean Theoret Returns

U37 Racing is proud to report that Jean Theoret will return to the cockpit of the U37. The entire crew is very excited to have Jean back and everyone is looking forward to the 2009 season.

U-37 website >>

VIDEOS: Evansville gets green light

The race dates are set for August 22-23.

WEHT-TV: A different Thunder on the Ohio >>
WFIE-TV: Thunder on the Ohio given green light >>
WTVW-TV: Thunder on the Ohio dates set >>

Hydro races come to Moses Lake, WA

“We have boats ranging from the One Liter class to the Gran Prix class,” she (Moses Lake Race Chairman Ana Cappelletti) said. “Gran Prix is a class below unlimited. Gran Prix (boats) can go about 180 (miles per hour) on the straight-a-ways.”

Hydro races come to Moses Lake >>

Jeff Bernard sets 5 litre hydro record

PHOTOS: Spring Training 2009: Bardahl, Thriftway

PHOTOS: Julie Sparrowgrove

PHOTOS: Spring Training: UL72, UL98, UL929

PHOTOS: Julie Sparrowgrove

Dr. Ken working his magic in Evansville

“We have a team in place, developing sponsorship and marketing plans to support the event,” said Muscatel, who is the financial driving force behind rejuvenating the race. “These are uncertain times economically and our challenges are significant, but we’re starting with a clean slate. I’m optimistic or I would not be here, investing my time and resources.”

Muscatel continues to lay groundwork for Thunder >>
Evansville Courier Press

VIDEO: Miss Bardahl & Miss Thriftway [ Spring Training 2009 ]

Miss Bardahl & Miss Thriftway on Lake Washington from Gary Burlingame on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Miss Bardahl Rides Again [ Spring Training 2009 ]

Bardahl Does it Again! from Gary Burlingame on Vimeo.

PHOTOS: Spring Training 2009

Photos by Chris Denslow.

PHOTOS: Spring Training 2009

Photos by Chris Denslow. Thanks, Chris!

PHOTOS: Spring Training 2009 ~ Vintage Hydros side-by-side

Photo from Mark Allen. To view more photos, click here >>

Hall of Champions Banquet Photos

PHOTOS: Ed Clark

Hall of Champions Banquet Photos

PHOTOS: Ed Clark