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U-7 FormulaBoats.com flips at Tri-Cities

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

The U-7 Formula Boats  flips at 2009 ABRA Columbia Cup on July 26, 2009 in Kennewick, WA.The U-7 Formula Boats  flips at 2009 ABRA Columbia Cup on July 26, 2009 in Kennewick, WA.

I was watching Heat 2A unfold Sunday morning with Steve David and the Oberto taking off into the lead when on lap two I saw Mike start to lift off and swung my lens towards him all the while yelling “Oh Sh*t!” Thankfully, Mike was out within 20 seconds or so and he was all right, but the boat was tweaked, losing the tails, rear wing and canard, and tearing up the cowling a bit. As I write this, the Formula team is working on getting the boat ready for Seafair – I’m sure Mike and the U-7 Graham Trucking boat will be there…

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2009 ABRA Columbia Cup in Tri Cities

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2008 ABRA Columbia Cup held July 24-26, 2009 in Kennewick, WAWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ABRA Columbia Cup held July 24-26, 2009 in Kennewick, WA

Scott “Pyro” Raney invited me to join the U-37 Schumacher Racing crew for the swing through Washington, doing the onboard video.  Had a great time, but was really bummed when J. Michael Kelly flipped the U-7 right in front of me, fortunatelycoming out of it unscathed.

The high resolution version of this gallery can be viewed with Cooliris here and the rest of the weekend’s images can be viewed here

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2009 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup

by Chris Denslow on Jul.26, 2009, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of the 2009 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup held on July 24-26, 2009 at Kennewick, WAChris Denslow’s gallery of the 2009 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup held on July 24-26, 2009 at Kennewick, WA

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VIDEO: 2009 Columbia Cup: U-37 in Heat 3B

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Columbia Cup Course, GoPro, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 3B at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

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VIDEO: 2009 Columbia Cup: U-37 – Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Columbia Cup Course, GoPro, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in the Final Heat at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

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VIDEO: 2009 Columbia Cup: U-37 in Heat 1B

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.25, 2009, under Columbia Cup Course, GoPro, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 1B at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

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2008 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup Unlimiteds

by Chris Denslow on Jul.27, 2008, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow’s gallery of the Unlimiteds at the Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup.

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2008 ABRA Lamb Weston Columbia Cup – Unlimiteds

by Lisa Courneya on Jul.27, 2008, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Lisa Courneya’s gallery of the Unlimiteds at Tri-Cities.

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2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Thunder Cup

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.27, 2008, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Thunder Cup in Kennewick, WA July 25-27, 2008

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2008 ABRA Lamb Weston Columbia Cup

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.27, 2008, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Once again the U-13 did its best to make the number unlucky, breaking another propellor in the consolation heat and damaging the back end of the boat. This time was not as devastating as Evansville, due to the fact that it had been rebuilt in Detroit and was practically new from the engine bay back. (continue reading…)

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2008 ULHRA Desert Thunder II

by Walt Ottenad on May.20, 2008, under Boat Racing, Howard Amon Park Hydro Course, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ULHRA Desert Thunder II in Richland, WA May 18-19, 2008.

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VIDEO: 2008 ULHRA Desert Thunder: UL-11 Heat 3A

by Walt Ottenad on May.19, 2008, under ChaseCam, Howard Amon Park Hydro Course, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


This is a very interesting clip of Michael Flaherty in the supercharged UL-11, as it shows both in-cockpit and tail cam views as well as on-board radio communication audio. Video was captured with the ChaseCam PDR100

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2007 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup – Unlimiteds

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.29, 2007, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2007 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia CupWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2007 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup

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2007 Vintage Hydros: Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup at Tri-Cities

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.29, 2007, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, HARM, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum’s exhibition at the Columbia Cup, featuring the historic Miss Burien, Oh Boy Oberto, Miss Bardahl, Vashon Island’s Miss Thriftway and the Hawaii Kai.

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VIDEO: 2007 ABRA Columbia Cup: U-10 Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.29, 2007, under ChaseCam, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


This is the final heat at the 2007 ABRA Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup from the left shoulder of David Bryant in the U-10 Gregory Racing Unlimited Hydroplane. Bryant finished in third place behind Dave Villwock in the U-16 Miss Ellstrom Elam Plus and Steve David in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto

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VIDEO: 2007 ABRA Columbia Cup: U-10 Gregory Racing – Heat 3A

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.29, 2007, under ChaseCam, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Dave Bryant brought the U-10 home in third place behind Jeff Bernard in the U-5 Formulaboats.com and Steve David in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto

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VIDEO: 2007 ABRA Columbia Cup: U-10 Gregory Racing – Heat 2B

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.29, 2007, under ChaseCam, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


The U-10 with Dave Bryant driving finished Heat 2B in second place behind Jeff Bernard in the U-5 Formulaboats.com. Dr. ken Muscatel in the U-25 Superior Racing entry finished third

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VIDEO: 2007 ABRA Columbia Cup: U-10 Gregory Racing – Heat 1A

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.28, 2007, under ChaseCam, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Dave Bryant took the U-10 to a heat win at Tri-Cities over the U-13 “Spirit of Detroit” of J. Michael Kelly and the U-1 Formulaboats.com of Jimmy Shane

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2007 ULHRA Desert Thunder

by Walt Ottenad on May.20, 2007, under Boat Racing, Howard Amon Park Hydro Course, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2007 ULHRA Desert Thunder held on Sunday, May 20, 2007 in Richland, WAWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2007 ULHRA Desert Thunder held on Sunday, May 20, 2007 in Richland, WA

Although you can read a review of the race on ULHRA website, I will always remember this race as the last for “Jackie’s Purple Thunder”…

Joe Turner started the day really well, finishing second in his first heat of the day, but losing the engine cowling in his second heat. The UL-18 started its last race at the rear, but was running well when, at the entrance to the north turn (150 feet away from me, as I was on a course boat taking photos), the boat hit hard, shredded the right sponson into what seemed like a million pieces of fiberglass, wood and foam, hooked left, then stopped right in front of us. We saw the hatch open a few inches, then the boat immediately took on massive amounts of water and went under within seconds, with Joe inside. We manuevered over to the boat and its huge debris field, waiting for what seemed like two or three minutes for Joe to get out, but he didn’t come up until the divers retrieved him. Joe surfaced and got into the rescue boat, seemingly none the worse for wear! After a quick checkup to make sure he was OK (he mentioned to Lisa that his blood pressure was higher during his physical than it was after the crash!), Joe made his way to the pits to await the remains of the boat.

As the UL-18 came out of the water, it was obvious that the right sponson had broken off, taking the entire right side of the boat with it, almost to the transom. The nose of the capsule was gone, exposing the cockpit, and the force of the river water exiting the motor was enough to blast a four inch long chunk out of one of the header tubes! Joe joked at the awards ceremony that at least now he “won’t have the oldest boat in the fleet at the next race!”.

Unfortunately, the boat is a total loss & not worth rebuilding, but obviously way more importantly, one of the nicest guys I’ve met in this series, Joe Turner, is alive and well…

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2004 Columbia Cup Unlimiteds

by Chris Denslow on Aug.01, 2004, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of the 2004 Columbia Cup held July 30 - Aug. 1, 2004 at Kennewick, WAChris Denslow’s gallery of the 2004 Columbia Cup held July 30 – Aug. 1, 2004 at Kennewick, WA

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2003 Columbia Cup Unlimiteds

by Chris Denslow on Jul.27, 2003, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of the 2003 Columbia Cup held July 25-27, 2003 at Kennewick, WAChris Denslow’s gallery of the 2003 Columbia Cup held July 25-27, 2003 at Kennewick, WA

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2002 Columbia Cup Unlimiteds

by Chris Denslow on Jul.28, 2002, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of the 2002 Columbia Cup held July 26-28, 2002 at Kennewick, WAChris Denslow’s gallery of the 2002 Columbia Cup held July 26-28, 2002 at Kennewick, WA

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