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 Diamond Cup

 

The Diamond Cup hosted by the Taranaki Model Boat Club at Lake Cowley.

 

Saturday Morning as we arrived at LakeCowley we were greeted with a slight breeze and flat water. The Scale 45’s were the first onto the water. After tune-up, the 1-lap sprints were started just as the wind increased which made the water quite bumpy. When the first round was completed, it was decided to let the placing’s stand and move to the alternative course at the other end of the lake. This was sheltered from the wind and gave us flat water more to our liking. Results of the 1-lap sprints went to Paul Flett with Miss Renault followed by John Nicholls’s new Lady Bug. Merv’s Radical Rat finished third while Jason succumbed to the lumpy water with Poseidon. Paul Garner was having radio problems with Annihilator and found his receiver had burnt out. Brian Dougan had to withdraw Outlaw as he was call out from work.

 

 Working in the Pits

 

Heat Racing for the Scale 45s was intense and all the boats ended up with at least one heat win under to their credit. John has Lady Bug really singing now though he said there were a few more improvements that could be done. Lady Bug took out the heat racing followed by Poseidon in second and Miss Renault and Radical Rat tying for third. The Final came down to just two boats, Lady Bug and Miss Renault. Lady Bug was sure to get first place, leading down the back straight on the last lap it did the unexpected and tripped over something in the water and submerged. This left Miss Renault for the win but for a gust of wind picking her up and flipping over backwards.

This left us with no winners in the final.

 

 LadyBug took out the Heat Racing for Scale 45

 

Class I sprint racing was exciting with very close racing between Hyperactive, Express Video and Jason’s new boat, Romper Stomper. In the end, Hyperactive took the honours with 40 pts from Express Video on 36 pts and Romper Stomper on 32 pts.

 

 Hyperactive won Class I

 

The rest of the afternoon was open water for the 1/8ths to tune-up.

 

Sunday morning everybody was down at the Lake bright and early as the wind was again forecasted later in the day.  Earlier on Paul Flett had bought Smokin Joe’s for us to peruse our weary eye over and this is a very nice looking boat and will not be long before it is race ready. Mr Pringles had withdrawn from the days racing.

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 Paul working on Speedy Printing

 

The first heat started on flat water but like yesterday it did not take to long to get to bumpy to race on. After the first heat finished we moved to the alternative site that again gave us some nice flat racing water. Jason with DeWalt Tools showed he was a top contender after winning the first heat but then found water in his radio box and took the rest of the heats to remedy the problem.

 


Dean has Winston really flying

 

Dean with his Winston Eagle and Merv’s Miss Budweiser had two heat wins and a second to their name.  John was having problems keeping Captran Resort up the right way while in the mean time Miss Speedy Printing taking a while to tune in (someone called it a Tug Boat) started to find its legs in the later heats.

 

 Captran Resorts after another flip

 

The final take all heat was a thriller with only three boats making the water before the 30 sec cut-off time elapsed. Miss Budweiser just edged out a fast charging DeWalt Tools while Miss Speedy Printing caught a gust of wind and reached for the skies.

 

                                                                                                                                                                    Miss Budweiser Winner of the Diamond Cup

 

 

 

DIAMOND CUP HI-POINTS

Merv Sowden

1540

MISS BUDWEISER

Paul Garner

1332

AMERICAN SPEEDY PRINTING

Dean Harris

1117

WINSTON EAGLE

Jason Lester

730

DEWALT TOOLS

John Nicholls

375

CAPTRAN RESORT

 

The Auckland guys had a great time and a big thanks to the Taranaki Guys for the BBQ, running the events, rescuing the boats putting us up for the night etc.

 

THE SUHA TROPHY HI-POINTS

Merv Sowden

3163

MISS BUDWEISER

Paul Garner

3153

AMERICAN SPEEDY PRINTING

Terry Wilson

1274

ULTRA BOLD & DASH

Malcolm Miller

1190

MILLER HIGH LIFE U00

Dean Harris

1117

WINSTON EAGLE

Jason Lester

730

DEWALT TOOLS

Steve Trott

600

EXECUTONE

John Nicholls

375

CAPTRAN RESORT

Chris Breen

225

PRINGLES

Jason Lester

13

WINSTON EAGLE

Glenn Sayers

0

YORK

 

 

1/8th Scale Unlimited Hydroplanes Registered 

BOAT NAME

"U"#

OWNER

AMERICAN SPEEDY PRINTING

U40

PAUL GARNER

ATLAS VAN LINES

U1

PHIL ATTENBOURGH

CAPSTRAN RESORTS

U20

JOHN NICHOLLS

DE WALT TOOLS

U6

JASON LESTER

KISW MISS ROCK [31

UIOO

SKIP FRANCIS

LLUMAR WINDOW TREATMENT

U8

CHRIS BREEN

MILLER HIGH LIFE [1]

UOO

MALCOLM MILLER

MISS BUDWEISER [12]

U12

SKIP FRANCIS

MISS BUDWEISER [17]

U1

MERV SOWDEN

MISS CIRCUS CIRCUS

U31

GRAHAM DOGGETT

MISS EXIDE II

U11

BRIAN DOUGAN

MISS MADISON 1999

U6

JOHN NICHOLLS

MISS MADISON TONY THE TIGER

U6

BRIAN DOUGAN

MISS TOSTI ASTI SPUMANTE [3]

U10

ED BRENNEN

MR PRINGLES

U8

JONATHAN SOWDEN

OH BOY OBERTO [6]

U2

BRIAN DOUGAN

PRIDE OF PAY-N-PAK [2]

U25

JOHN NICHOLLS

SMOKIN JOES

U10

PAUL FLETT

SQUIRE SHOP [3]

U2

PHIL WOODHAM

THRIFTWAY

U60

WAYNE LESTER

ULTRA BOLD & DASH

U8

TERRY WILSON

WINSTONE EAGLE  C/C COWL

U10

BRUCE BURNS

YORK INTERNATIONAL

U10

GLEN SAYERS

 

 Brian's Oh Boy! Oberto

 

Scale 45’s Registered

BOAT NAME

Racing

OWNER

LADYBUG

JOHN NICHOLLS

GENISIS

JOHN NICHOLLS

ANNIHILATOR

PAUL GARNER

KING RAT III

PHIL ATTENBOURGH

BLACKFIRE

CHRIS BREEN

NICE ONE

BRUCE BURNS

RADICAL RAT II

MERV SOWDEN

POSEIDON

JASON LESTER

NEED IT!

JONATHAN SOWDEN

OUTLAW

BRIAN DOUGAN

MISS RENAULT

PAUL FLETT

LADYBUG

SKIP FRANCIS

 

 

 

NEW BOATS

 

 

 Paul's new Smokin Joes

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 Wayne’s new Thriftway

 

 

                           LLumar after her horrific crash 2003                                                                        Chris’s Brand new LLumar launched February 2004

 

 

 

 

 Bruce's new Scale 45 Nice One!

 

 

 

 

 

 John's new Ladybug

 

SPEEDS SET AT TARANAKI AUGUST 2003

 

 

Malcolm            MILLER HIGH LIFE         1/8th Scale Hydro              96.97*

Merv                 MISS BUDWEISER         1/8th Scale Hydro                 93.32

John                 CAPTRAN RESORTS      1/8th Scale Hydro                 85.51

Paul                 SPEEDY PRINTING         1/8th Scale Hydro                 77.0

Merv                 RADICAL RAT II               Scale 45                                  99.11

Jason               POSEIDON                     Scale 45                                  81.22

Malcolm           SKULDUGGERY              C2 Deep Vee                           82.43*

Malcolm           SKULDUGGERY              C2 Mono                                 82.43*

Dean                ROMPA STOMPA            P2 Cat                                    78.30*

Dean                ROMPA STOMPA            P1 Cat                                    69.87*

Jason               COCA COLA                   B INBOARD TUNNEL            69.73*

 

               * Denotes Class Record

 

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