Called it "No Contest" it really sux for the producers, but safety in what it is all about. Besides at a cool million apiece, I dnt think anyone wants to trash their hydro.
We just finished two weekends in a row of racing and the boat needs a little TLC, we will be in St Claire
Went to the Gold-Cup Saturday and Sunday. First love besides my wife is Offshore racing then Unlimited Hydro's. There is no question that the rain put a damper on the 100th Running of the Gold-Cup on Saturday but there was still some good racing on Saturday. Sunday, was a great day for Offshore Powerboat Racing and the winds really didn't bother them. The Unlimited Hydro's were a different story, the wind and the white caps were to much for them to race safely. The race delay after for the accident and the delay was way to long and yes it was boring even if you love racing. It reminded me of when I use to go to the Drag Boat races. You had to wait for a long time after each run to clear the track and it never became popular around her for that reason. Today on the news it was reported that Mark Weber the Event Director said the Hydro Plane Races were cancelled because of the wind conditions to hold a race safely. That statement kind of pissed me off as there were still some race racing all day, put on by the Offshore Pro Series. If it wasn't for the Offshore Powerboat Racers again this year when the high winds whipped up, it would of been a disaster. The Jet Fighter Plane Show was great and should be at all powerboat races. My wife and I still had a great time and are looking forward to attending next year again. I want to thank the Chrysler Jeep Super Stores for sponsoring this historic race every year for all of us to enjoy. Special thanks to all of the racers who came to put a show on for us, no matter what Association or class you race in you all deserve our respect and thanks.
Worked on the rescue crews for this event for six years. When the wind picks up, there can be some huge holes develop in the current on this section of the Detroit River. Can't really see them unless you're out on the water. Saw a lot of incidents over the years, including this one which was the first time a canopy ever imploded:
WE were at the show also. We were disapointed with not being able to see Sundays Unlimiteds but still had a great time. We were fortunate enough to have our Motorhome in the Unlimited pits so that added alot of excitement to the weekend.
I would like to comment on the over 400 volunteers who helped put on this event. Without them it would been imposible to have this race. They were very pleasant and helpfull considering all the time they were there to donate. By the way the volunteers pay a membership to volunteer, and work their tails off to do it.
The unlimiteds were great when they ran, and the offshore boats again this year saved the show. Thank you guys for coming.
My only hope was for a couple of additional competitive classes. The vintage boats were nice to look at but I would like to see some competitive racing other than just the unlimiteds
We are planing to be back next year and from the information I got from some of the event staff they are working to improve on the show and get hydroplane racing back in the publics eye with more media participation.
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