5 Races Completed
Molson Thunderfest Winner
Molson Thunderfest was held at Lake Tye for the first time this year and UNW had 14 boats enter the race, John Reifel, and Steve Roman made their 2016 debut. The preliminary heats had some very fast and competitive heats. An example of the days comepetitive racing there was a run off between Adam Putich (Beacon Plumbing) and John Stubbers (Crazy Tomato) who were tied in points for the last entry in the final heat. Adam had the Beacon on the inside lane and held off John with the Crazy Tomato until the Beacon Plumbing coupler let go and gave the run off heat win to the Crazy Tomato.
The consolation race was next with Adam (Beacon Plumbing), Jeff Snell (AA Auto Parts), Dave Ono (KISW Miss Rock), Brent Edinger (Pride of Pay N Pak), and Beau Rarig driving Joey Caines' (Miss Renault). The Beacon Plumbing was able to get the inside lane at the start and held on to win the Consolation Heat and move up to the final winner take all heat.
The Beacon Plumbing joined Doug Kirk (Notre Dame), Mike Cathey (American Speedy Printing), John Hruby (Miss Circus Circus), and John Stubbers (Crazy Tomato) as final heat contestants.
As the boats were coming down for the start they were spaced very evenly with Crazy Tomato on the inside lane and leading the field to the first turn. John Hruby came from the outside lane and took over the lead and held on to win his first race of the season with the Crazy Tomato finishing 2nd place, American Speedy Printing 3rd place, Notre Dame 4th place and Crazy Tomato placed 5th after hitting a bouy.
Congratulations to John Hruby for winning the 2016 Molson Thunderfest.
Lake Tye This Saturday
Hi everyone, this weekend we will be at Monroe for the first time this year. The Parks Dept. is rebuilding the skate park and the contractor is using the parking lot we normally use to park their equipment. We have permission to back the trailer in there and unload it but must pull it out to allow for emergency access to the lake. The more people we get there early, to help with this the better. The trailer should be there by 7:30.
For unloading your stuff from your trucks we can use the turnaround for LOADING and UNLOADING ONLY. Kind of like the north lake at Marysville. Same at the end of the day. Have your stuff in a pile and then bring your vehicle to the turnaround to load up and make room for the next guy.
As always we welcome all classes of scale boats if you can get together 3 boats to make a heat.
Crystal Cup Update
Huge news for the RC Extravaganza in Chehalis June 25/26. Just got off the phone with Troy Graham of Graham Trucking and we will have the Display Hull at the race for the weekend. Thank you very much Graham Trucking and Family.
We hope to see lots of visitors over the course of the weekend, bring your families, bring your EZ ups and lawn chairs, bring a picnic, water and sunblock and enjoy some of the best Scale hydroplane racing the Northwest has to offer. I encourage boat racers from all classes from radio controlled all the way up to the Unlimiteds to come down and help be a part of this special event. We hope to see some of the drivers come down and share in the fun in the sun and tell some stories to participants and fans that show up to watch the racing.
PNWTA Facebook Page
John Reifel has passed along a link to the Pacific Northwest Thunderboat Association's Facebook page. As they describe it: "We are Scale Unlimited Hydroplane racers dedicated to 1/6 scale gas remote control hydroplane racing. Our boats are replicas, fast, big and fun as all heck".
Seafair Trophy race sponsored by the Putich Family and had 14 nitro boats and 3 gas scale hydros racing under cloudy skies and calm water. Preliminary heat races were very competitive and with several side by side racing.
The consolation race had 6 contestants Adam Putich (Miss Beacon Plumbing) Joey Caines (Miss Renault) Brent Edinger (Pride of Pay N Pak) Dave Ono (KISW Miss Rock) Jim Putich (Qatar) Kirk Maupin (Miss Esquire) as the heat began Kirk Maupin, after struggling all day with gremlins, took the lead from the outside and led the field wire to wire to win the consolation heat. With this win Kirk moved up to the final heat joining John Hruby (Miss Circus Circus) John Stubbers (Miss Crazy Tomato) Jeff Snell (AA Auto Parts) Kerry Case (U-76) and Doug Kirk (Notre Dame).
The final heat began with the U-76 spinning a drive dog and dropping out on the launch. As the rest of the field came down to the start, a classic battle was about to happen with Miss Crazy Tomato leading the field on the inside lane, and going up the back stretch both the Circus Circus and the Miss Esquire pulled ahead on the outside of Crazy Tomato and went side by side for over three laps when the Miss Esquire hit bad water lifting the boat and rolling over then the Circus Circus on the inside hit a wave and stuffed the boat. This gave Crazy Tomato the lead and the win with AA Auto Parts a close 2nd and Notre Dame came in 3rd.
Congratulations to John Stubbers with his second win and taking the Seafair Trophy Race.
Scale RC Racing Extravaganza
The Atomic race was held in Marysville Twin Lakes with 14 boats entering the race. With good racing and some attrition of some of the boats through the preliminary heats, 4 boats made the consolation heat.
Jim Putich with the 2014 Qatar, Joey Caines Miss Houston, Doug Kirk Notre Dame, and Brent Edinger Pay n Pak. With two boats not starting and the Miss Houston going dead, The Pride of Pay n Pak won the heat without competition and joined the final heat five boats. Kerry Case U-76, Mike Cathey Speedy Printing, John Stubbers Miss Crazy Tomato, Kirk Maupin Esquire, and Jeff Snell AA Auto Parts.
As the final heat mill time was counting down the Esquire went dead in the back stretch and out of the race, Crazy Tomato made a perfect start on the inside lane and held on to win his first race of the season.
Congratulations to John Stubbers with the Atomic Cup win!
Glen Ono Memorial
Glen Ono Memorial race was held at Twin Lakes in Marysville. UNW shared the race with ESU Electric Scale Thunder and had a terrific day of racing. The UNW 1/8 scale race was sponsored by Dave Ono and Gene Gager. Pat Ono and Mary Gager provided a wonderful Hotdog lunch again for all the racers which was very much appreciated!!
14 Boats entered the race and when all the preliminary heats were completed we had 3 contestants for the consolation race which had Joey Caines "Miss Houston" Jim Putich "Spirit of Qatar" and Kirk Maupin "Squire shop". The start of the race had all three boats heading into the first turn with the Squire Shop on the inside lane. The Miss Houston on the outside lane, and colliding with the spirit of Qatar and taking both out of the race. This gave The Squire Shop the win of the consolation and moving up to the final heat.
The final heat had John Stubbers "Miss Crazy Tomato", Gene Gager "Notre Dame", Brent Edinger "Pride of Pay N Pak", Adam Putich "Beacon Plumbing", Doug Kirk "Notre Dame", and Kirk Maupin "Squire Shop". Before the start of the race the Beacon Plumbing could not get started and 5 boats came down the line at the start. Going through and out of the first turn the Squire Shop had the lead and held through to take the Glen Ono Memorial Race. Crazy Tomato came in second place followed by Brent Edinger 3rd, Gene Gager 4th Doug Kirk DNF.
Congratulations to Kirk Maupin and the Squire Shop for capturing the 2016 Glen Ono Memorial race.
Thunder on the Pond
The UNW first race Thunder on the Pond held on the North Lake in Marysville had 15 boats participating. Joey Caines also provided live stream heat racing throughout the day on Face book.
The preliminary heats were very competitive with some working the bugs out after being on the shelf over the winter. Good to see the return of John Stubbers with the Miss Crazy Tomato after 7 years away and the anticipated return of the recovered stolen Atlas Van Lines that Kirk Maupin had been searching for over the last couple years.
When the preliminary heats were completed the consolation contestants were Dave Ono "KISW Miss Rock" Brent Edinger "Pride of Pay N Pak", Gene Gager "Notre Dame", Paul Jackson "Petes Wicked Ale", Jim Putich "Spirit of Qatar" and Kirk Maupin "Atlas Van Lines". Scoring up for the turn to the start both Notre Dame and Petes Wicked ale collided on the entrance pin and put both boats out. Kirk Maupin drove the Atlas Van lines from the outside position to win the consolation race and join the top 5 point leaders to the final heat. The final heat had Joey Caines "Miss Houston", Doug Kirk "Notre Dame", Kerry Case "North West Tank Service", Adam Putich "Miss Beacon Plumbing", John Stubbers "Miss Crazy Tomato" and Kirk Maupin "Atlas Van Lines". The start of the race had , Miss Beacon Plumbing on the inside lane and jumping the start, Miss Houston in lane two, Crazy Tomato lane three, Atlas Van Lines lane four , North West Tank Service lane five and Notre Dame outside. Going through the first turn, miss Beacon Plumbing flipped and the Crazy tomato lead up the back stretch. Crazy Tomato held the lead through the first lap with the Miss Houston moving up inside the Crazy Tomato with the Atlas Van Lines outside and behind. The Miss Houston made an inside move on the right turn and took over the lead and the Crazy tomato rolled and was out of the race. The Atlas Lines gave chase to the Miss Houston but could not catch up and the Miss Houston earned the win for the first race of the year. Atlas Van Lines 2nd place, North West Tank Service 3rd and Notre Dame 4th.
Congratulations to Joey Caines for taking the Thunder on the Pond first race of the 2016 Season.
UNW 2016 Opening Race
The first race of the 2016 Season - Thunder on the Pond - will take place April 2nd at Twin Lakes in Marysville on the North Pond. This year UNW will be hosting the scale gas hydroplanes and the 1/8th scale Electric Hydroplanes, along with the traditional 1/8th scale nitro hydroplanes. Please be sure to get your NAMBA insurance card in advance of the first race. Hope to see all the racers on April 2nd!
2016 UNW Racing Schedule
It's now finalized and you can see it on the "Schedule" page and download it off the "Downloads" page
Doug Kirk has updated the Master Hull Roster and also the 2016 Boat Registration files. Go to the Downloads Page to view or download. Also the 2016 Boat Registrations are now open. Boats need to be registered by Feb 28th, 2016.
1/8th Scale Electrics
The Board unanimously voted to include 1/8th scale electrics in the UNW schedule. The electrics will run in much the same vein as the 1/6th scale gas boats in that if enough show up, we will run the heats. We will not be doing registrations, tracking points or have trophy plaques at this point. David Newton has agreed to be an advisor to the UNW Board regarding the class.
The electrics will adhere to all general UNW racing rules in that the boats must have a safety inspection before competing (or if they have had a collision, radio issues or run up on the beach), driver's must have current NAMBA insurance. All UNW specifications regarding scale dimensions, paint and graphics, configuration of hulls (Canard designs are not allowed in UNW competition in any class), driver's changes and entry fees must be adhered to. All racing rules such as right of way, roostertail length to make a pass, penalties, infractions and sportsmanship shall remain in place. Boats must be on a plane at the 30 second to the start mark, and shall maintain forward momentum throughout the remainder of the heat. Boats that have stalled shall be considered DNF but may, when safe, move the boat out of the lanes of competition.
Both NAMBA and RCU spec. boats may compete.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a board member for more information