McHargue: Progress made on debris issue

Courtesy David Campbell, The Madison Courier
The Madison Regatta had what President Crystal McHargue termed a "very productive meeting" with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about debris problems that have plagued the race recently.McHargue, other Regatta officials and local legislators met with Corps officials last week to hammer out a solution to the recent problems. Also at the meeting were State Sen. Jim Lewis, D-Charlestown, State Rep. Dave Cheatham, D-North Vernon, Madison Mayor Tim Armstrong and representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., and U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.
Photo Courtesy of Craig Barney,

Hydro Photogs wanted!

Hydroplane Racing may well be one of the most photogenic sports in the world. Shiny race boats of all colors careening off shimmering sunlit waters beckons to photographers of all skill levels. Now the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association (ULHRA) has opened up their website with a call to those photographers.

Fan photos are being solicited at - ULHRA Inc. whose membership includes some of the best photographers in the business is inviting photographers, experienced or amateur, to submit their favorite photos for consideration as an addition to the Fan Photos webpage.

The hope is this will give hydroplane fans around the world a chance to see "other views" of the Unlimited Lights racing season. There is no charge to post and no compensation to the photographer. This is strictly a volunteer program and for entertainment purposes. On the website click on Photos in the left column and follow the links and instructions from there.

The 2009 season has been a busy year already for ULHRA in the area of camera work. Earlier this year, the ULHRA announced that Minox Camera is sponsoring the Photo Finish Award. At every regatta on the ULHRA 2009 national circuit, Minox will award a model 8022WP camera to the driver who wins the closest finish in first place. MINOX has also stepped up to become the first camera manufacturer to participate in the ULHRA’s Contingency Awards Program (CAP). This program equally rewards the top six participating teams in the final heat of all regattas on the ULHRA circuit.

The photographs chosen in the fan photo submission program will be shown on the website throughout the season and may also be used in the annual edition of Thunder & LIGHTS Magazine, the ULHRA newsstand publication.


Plane lands next to the pits in Seattle

Officers called to the scene as the plane landed found that it had come to a stop near a play structure at the park's south end, said Detective Mark Jamieson, a Seattle police spokesman. No injuries were reported at the park, a long, grassy rectangle popular during the Seafair hydroplane races.

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