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 SUHA – Celebrating 25 Years

 

   1/8th Scale Hydros and Drivers                                                                         Photo: Mark Price

 

Seafair Trophy

 Wattle Downs Ponds – Manurewa - Auckland

22nd & 23rd May 2010

 

We had entries from 17 Competitors entering 69 classes for the Seafair Trophy / MMPBC Club Champs held at the Wattle Farm ponds at Manurewa on the 22nd and 23rd May.

Weather leading up Regatta had been constant rain for the proceeding week and looked like it could wash the Regatta out but as luck was on our side, the weather abated Friday afternoon just as the guys were setting up the course. Mark had made a set of new counter weights and the buoys’ which self adjusted to the water level.  The weather stayed on our side for both Saturday and Sunday and with little or no wind it gave us good racing water on both days. The new retaining wall that surrounded the pond made the flat water turn undulating with a cross backwash from 6 boats racing around within the first 2 to 3 laps keeping drivers on their toes.

 

Some of the High lights from the Regatta

 

SATURDAY

The N2/LSH Hydro electrics were first up with 7 entries. All but one boat was still running at the finish. Mark had to thread his way around all those Dead boats to claim his first place.

Next up was the Limited “P” Hydro electrics with 8 starters and 7 finishers, making it hard for the scorer to keep track of what was happening, but it was some exciting racing with all those boats running at the same time.

 

Scale 45 Hydro had 7 of the 9 entries turn up for the start. Phil Woodham had his newly rebuilt ex Malcolm/Jason “Miller Magic/ Poseidon” renamed to “Miss Jaffa” running and was a consistent finisher.

  Ittildo on the way to First Place                                                                                   Photo: Scott Woodham

 

Steve had his Oh Boy Oberto tuned and ready to race and was the one to beat.

Jason had rekindled Bruce Burns old “Nice One” with a new motor and a new name “Ittildo” It took Jason all the heats to sort out and was getting faster and faster all the time. The Final Take All heat, “Ittildo” blitz the field and took out the win…well done Jason.

 

Steve’s Oh Boy Oberto with the Drivers in background             Photo: Scott Woodham

 

Next up was Limited “P” Offshore electric and this was down on entries with only 5 entered but that didn’t slow them down much and some spectacular racing was on and again Jason took out this heat with his ex Bruce Burns OM26 “Night Mare”. (Bruce, think you better get your old boats back)

 

Class I heat racing had 9 entries but had 2 withdrawals on the day, with Merv’s “Express” receiver battery promptly giving up the ghost after a test run and Matt not happy with “Guzzler’s” exhaust system thinking if it broke would’ve exceeded our noise restriction that is in place. Racing was exciting and Mark with “Ohio Steel” managed to steel the win with finishes in all his heats.

 

Mark's Ohio Steel on the way to a win                                                            Photo: Scott Woodham

 

Classic Sports Hydro had one of lowest entries with only 4 boats. Steve’s new “Executone” looks great and runs very realistic on the water. Andrew took maximum points with his hurriedly repaired “Mountain Dew” which had a violent crash the weekend before, splitting the hull and losing his cowl in the process.

 

Scott launching Bob Gutsell's Mister Snifter’s                                                                 Photo: Mark Price

 

 

SUNDAY

 

 

Sunday bought us fine weather, though slightly overcast with threat of rain later in the afternoon.

First up we had round 2 for the N2/LSH electric hydros with a better show than on Saturday with most boats finishing. Matt with “Burien” and Mark with “Voo Doo” ending up been joint winners.

 

Limited P hydro had only 2 finishes from 7 starters with the little hydros finding the cross chop from the new retaining walls to much to handle and we had boats flipping, rolling over and even one tried to become a submarine. Out of the chaos we had only the Ready to Run boats finishing with Chris and “UL1” taking 1st and Jeff with “Miss Superior” takes 2nd. Just shows you that these RTR boats are very competitive.

Jeff working on his Miss Superior                                                                                 Photo: Merv Sowden

 

We had 9 entries in the 1/8th Scale Hydroplanes and we had some exciting races.

Steve’s “Executone” dominated most of the heats he was in though he was running on old plugs as his new ones failed to turn up. Merv had his “Budweiser” going a lot better than previous outings and Malcolm had the “Miller “singing but was having problems keeping his cowl on. 

Action Captured during the 1/8th Scale Hydroplane Racing                    Photos: Mark Price

 

 

Mark’s ”York” was running with an old OS which made his boat reliable and he finished most heats. Bob had “Cellular One” is still sorting out a few gremlins but had some good speed and will soon be a force to reckoned with. The others were having all sorts of problems but one to finally come right was Jason with “DeWalt Tools” which had to make to the final heat by way of the Connie and guess what, it was “DeWalt” that took out the Take all Final and his very first ever 1/8th Scale Hydro win with SUHA after umpteen years of trying…Good one Jason, in fact Congratulations for taking out the double, Scale45 and 1/8th Seafair Trophy.

Jason's DeWalt Tools on his way to Winning the Seafair Trophy            Photo: Gordon Sowden

 

After the Final of the 1/8th Scale Hydroplanes we had a Presentation to celebrate 25 years of the Scale Unlimited Hydroplane Association. Jason Lester, President of SUHA presented Lapel Badges to the Foundation Members, Warren Belk, Skip Francis, Merv Sowden and Malcolm Miller. Unfortunately Don Horne was not able to attend this presentation but his lapel badge will be forwarded onto him.

Foundation Member's Presentation                Photos: Mark Price, Gordon Sowden and Scott Woodham

 

After the Presentation the Limited P Offshore was run with Jeff and “Omega” taking out this heat.

 

 

 

Petrol Sport Hydro was next but 2 boats had withdrawn leaving a four boat field. Damian had came up from Hamilton for the day and showed us that he has got his “Lake race LRX” really screaming now. Unfortunately in trying to beat Andrew’s “Mountain Dew” not finishing any races, due to been upside down or mechanical issues! There is always next time Damian!

Damien's Lake Race LRX at full blast                                                                      Photo: Gordon Sowden

 

The last race of the day was the 20 minute Class I Endurance and with 5 boats withdrawing through attrition for one reason or another just left 4 boats left. It was decided to run 2 heats and Andrew with “HellBent” dominated with 81 laps.

Andrew 's HellBent going for Broke                                                                           Photo: Scott Woodham

 

Mark and “Ohio Steel” and his Deep Vee was up on the pace taking 2nd with 75laps followed by Bob “Toll” with 64 laps and Malcolm with “Sparky” on 50 laps.   

 

It was a very enjoyable Regatta and everybody helped to mark the occasion in Celebrating 25years of SUHA  

 

Thanks to the hard workers that helped to set up the course, put up the gazebos, cooked the BBQ and chipped in when required to help with running the show.

1/8th Scale Hydroplanes and the Seafair and Hi-Points Trophy                                    Photo: Mark Price

 

More photos can be seen in our Photo Gallery

 

SUHA  Seafair Trophy – Celebrating 25 Years

 

 

LSH/N2          Hydro                                               DATE  23/05/2010

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

 

Tahoe Miss

Motul

Century 21

God Father

Yellow Mellow

Burien

Voo Doo

Place Saturday

DNF

 

DNF

DNF

DNF

DNF

DNF

400

Place Sunday

169

 

225

DNF

300

DNS

400

DNF

TOTAL

169

225

0

300

0

400

400

 

Limited “P”    Hydro                                                         

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

 

Motul

Ul-1

Miss-Take

Superior

Xanadu

Voo Doo

Little Richard

Lil Squire

Place Saturday

400

 

169

DNF

105

300

225

127

95

Place Sunday

DNF

 

400

DNF

300

DNS

DNF

DNF

DNF

TOTAL

400

 

569

0

405

300

225

127

95

 

Scale 45  Hydro                                                         

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

 

Annihilator

Oh Boy Oberto

Rite On

Lil Snifters

Itildo

Miss Jaffa

1

DNS

400

300

DNS

169

225

2

225

400

DNF

DNS

300

169

3

DNS

300

DNF

DNS

400

225

4

DNS

400

DNF

DNS

DNS

DNF

5

DNS

400

DNF

DNS

300

DNS

Heat Pts

225

1900

300

000

1169

669

Winner Take all

 

DNF

300

DNF

DNF

400

DNF

TOTAL Points

225

 

2200

300

000

1569

619

 

 

Limited “P” Offshore                                                                   

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

 

Omega

Orange Roughie

Night Mare

Orange Thingie

The Force

 

 

Place Saturday

DNF

2

DNF

2

10

9

DNS

 

 

Place Sunday

10

 

DNF

2

DNF

2

DNF

2

DNS

 

 

TOTAL

12

4

12

11

0

 

 

 

Class I Offshore Sprint                                                         

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

 

Ohio Steel

HellBent

Black Steer

Sparky

Toll

 

1

 

9

DNS

DNF

2

10

8

 

2

10

DNF

2

DNS

DNF

2

DNS

 

3

8

10

DNF

2

9

DNF

2

 

4

9

10

DNS

8

DNF

2

 

5

8

10

DNF

2

9

7

 

Total

44

32

6

38

17

 

 

Classic Petrol Hydro                                     

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

 

Mountain Dew

Mister Snifters

Executone

Garnergo

 

 

1

400

169

300

225

 

 

2

400

DNF

300

DNF

 

 

3

400

225

300

169

 

 

4

400

225

300

DNS

 

 

5

400

225

300

DNS

 

 

Heat Pts

2000

844

1500

394

 

 

Winner Take All

400

DNS

300

DNS

 

 

Total

2400

844

1800

394

 

 

 

1/8TH  Scale Hydro                                                    

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

1

Llumer

Speedy

Miller

Cellular One

Executone

York

Place

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNF

400

300

2

DeWalt

Miller

Bud

York

Llumer

Speedy

Place

DNS

400

DNF

300

DNF

DNS

3

DeWalt

Executone

Llumer

York

Squire

 

Place

DNS

400

225

300

DNS

 

4

Executone

Bud

Speedy

Cellular One

Llumer

Squire

Place

169

400

225

300

DNF

DNS

5

Llumer

Bud

Miller

Cellular One

Speedy

Squire

Place

DNF

400

DNS

300

DNS

DNS

6

Cellular One

Miller

Bud

DeWalt

Executone

Speedy

Place

DNF

DNF

DNF

DNS

400

300

7

York

Bud

DeWalt

Miller

Squire

 

Place

DNS

400

DNS

DNS

DNS

 

8

York

DeWalt

Cellular One

Executone

Squire

 

Place

300

DNF

400

DNS

DNS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeWalt

York

Cellular

Executone

Budweiser

Llumar

Winner Take all

400

300

225

DNF

DNF

DNF

 

Sport Petrol Hydro                                        

HEAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

 

Mountain Dew

LakeRace

Mister Snifters

Executone

Fulminator

Garnego

1

10

DNF

2

DNS

9

DNS

DNS

2

10

DNS

DNF

2

9

DNS

DNS

3

DNF

2

DNS

DNS

9

DNS

DNS

4

10

DNF

2

8

9

DNS

DNS

5

10

DNF

2

9

DNS

DNS

DNS

Total

42

6

19

36

0

0

 

CLASS 1 Endurance                                     

20 min

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

BOAT

M Course

Sparky

HellBent

Ohio Steel

Toll

Tornado

Guzzler

HEAT ONE

28

39

32

22

DNS

DNS

HEAT TWO

22

42

43

42

DNS

DNS

Total

50 Laps

81 Laps

75 Laps

64 Laps

 

 

 

 

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