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U-37.com is now live…

by Walt Ottenad on Mar.02, 2010, under Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Unlimited Hydroplanes

As a crew member on the Billy Schumacher Racing U-37 Unlimited Hydroplane, I’ve spent about 2 1/2 weeks updating the U-37 website (www.u-37.com)to get ready for the 2010 H1 Unlimited season. The site will feature HD onboard video, live video from each race site via the team’s U-37 TV stream, and up to the minute updates from the shop and the road. Check it out…

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J. Michael Kelly wins UIM World Championship in Doha

by Walt Ottenad on Nov.21, 2009, under Boat Racing, Unlimited Hydroplanes

J. Michael Kelly in the U-7 Graham Trucking won his first hydroplane final in grand fashion, passing an ailing U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus in the final lap to win the inaugural Oryx Cup UIM World Championship.

Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto finished second giving him enough points to lay claim to both the team and driver H1 Unlimited National High Points Championship and retain the coveted U-1 designation for the 2010 season.

Villwock in the U-16 had engine difficulty after a bumpy ride through the west turn on the second lap and the usually strong charging orange and blue hull started to compression stall and yellow flame came through the tailpipe. He managed to hold off Kelly until the final lap.

Jeff Bernard flips the U-5 in the second turn of the final heat in DohaThe final heat was rerun after Jeff Bernard in the U-5 Formulaboats.com flipped during in its initial running. Bernard was talking with the media and the crowd in Doha and appears to be fine.

(Photo by Bill Osborne – story courtesy of H1 Unlimited)

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2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup: Day 3

by Chris Denslow on Nov.21, 2009, under Boat Racing, Doha, Qatar, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of Day 3 of the 2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup held on Nov. 21, 2009 in Doha, QatarChris Denslow’s gallery of Day 3 of the 2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup held on Nov. 21, 2009 in Doha, Qatar

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2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup: Day 2

by Chris Denslow on Nov.20, 2009, under Boat Racing, Doha, Qatar, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of Day 2 of the 2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup held on Nov. 20, 2009 in Doha, QatarChris Denslow’s gallery of Day 2 of the 2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup held on Nov. 20, 2009 in Doha, Qatar

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2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup: Day 1

by Chris Denslow on Nov.19, 2009, under Boat Racing, Doha, Qatar, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow’s gallery of Day 1 of the 2009 H1 Unlimited Oryx Cup held on Nov. 19, 2009 in Doha, Qatar

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Dan Foard is part of video crew in Doha, Qatar for H1 Unlimited final

by Dan Foard on Nov.19, 2009, under Unlimited Hydroplanes, Video

Dan Foard was part of the crew from Tampa Digital that provided the EXCELLENT live video streaming from the ABRA/H1 Unlimited final race in Doha, Qatar. Dan spent seven days in Qatar and ran the hand-held cameras during interviews and fixed cameras during qualifications and racing. Click the image at left to watch the unbelieveable final heat and check out Tampa Digital’s website for videos from rest of the weekend, including Jeff Bernard’s flip in the first running of the final heat and Steve David’s amazing blowover in Heat 4A.

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2009 ABRA Thunder on the Ohio

by Chris Denslow on Aug.23, 2009, under Boat Racing, Evansville, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of the 2009 ABRA Thunder on the Ohio held on Aug. 21-23, 2009 at Evansville, INChris Denslow’s gallery of the 2009 ABRA Thunder on the Ohio held on Aug. 21-23, 2009 at Evansville, IN

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2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

by Chris Denslow on Aug.02, 2009, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow's gallery of the 2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup held on July 31st - Aug. 2nd, 2009 at Seattle, WAChris Denslow’s gallery of the 2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup held on July 31st – Aug. 2nd, 2009 at Seattle, WA

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2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2009, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair held July 31-August 2, 2009 in Sattle, WA.Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2009 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair held July 31-August 2, 2009 in Sattle, WA.

For this race, I continued to work with Scott “Pyro” Raney and the U-37 crew (great guys and girls – REALLY positive about EVERYTHING), doing all the onboard video. We got some amazing stuff that no one had really seen before, and had a bunch of fun doing it.  It was a great weekend – J.W. even made the podium…

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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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