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Old 09-11-2006, 09:47 PM
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Great JOB RG. It was good to see you in Ocean City. In fact I think you look better everytime I see you. Hope to see you again in Cambridge.

Your eyes must be gettin bad but thats ok ... dont get them checked (lol) Cant wait for Cambridge ....
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Old 09-11-2006, 09:50 PM
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The real pros ... tag teamin it

Ron P .. hope you guys were able to get back in the right way (for everyone else, the lock broke on the door to Mr. and Mrs. Ps room)
And it took a cop at 10pm to fix the handle on that door.

I know JCPerf could have fixed it if he had his roll of duct tape handy.

What a great weekend. It was great to spend time with all of you. Can't wait for Cambridge!!
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Here's two cool shots. Wanted and On the Chip after one lap.

Who's in who's airspace???
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Old 09-11-2006, 10:27 PM
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lawn darts are NO fun in that kinda water...cut the water size in 1/2 and probably woulda been a blast.
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It was great seeing everyone.

Sorry for the delay on most of my pics.

I shot over 1700 images this weekend and have maybe another 100 + that i need to load from the New York race too!

3 events in one weekend is putting the pressure on this PC of mine.....

I think Bob G will like this one!
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Old 09-11-2006, 11:40 PM
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Hello Race Fans,

Wow what a great time we all had in Ocean City Maryland this past weekend. Teams and fans that never went to Ocean City before were blown away by the venue. The town offers way too much fun and the logistics for the race are perfect. The pits are just inside the inlet and the racecourse runs in front of two and half miles of high rise beachfront hotels. This is one of those race sites where you can claim 200,000 people saw the race. Iím sure they all came away with the impression that OPA Racers are nuts. 34 boats registered, only nine finished. This was a brutal race.

On Saturday a soft westerly breeze made the ocean dead flat and fins from a large school of Dolphins were present just outside of the surf line. By Sunday morning the effects of Hurricane Florence could be felt. The outer wind bands were blowing a stiff wind from the East, which turned the water into a rough snotty mess. This wasnít big water, it was rough water.

Wazzup stepped up to the P1 class by putting big power in the Super Vee and was the pre race favorite but the Wazzup motors overpowered a drive and they didnít even finish a lap. The cats had their own difficulties. This was NOT cat water at all. Their engines kept going into guardian mode forcing the teams to stop and reset the engines every few laps. In the end it was.

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On the Chip ran a flawless race in the P2 class from wire to wire. This is a big boat with big JC Performance power and #6 drives. In a smaller Fountain with 525s and bravos, Strictly Business came in second while holding off the big-blown-#6-packing-Top-Gun of Xtreme Racing. Once this Cig burnt off some fuel it was flying. The whine of the blower actually overpowered the sound of the exhaust to people on the beach. It was a tight race with all three boats running to the end.

Buying the Freeze Frame Video will be worth the price of admission just to see this race.

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Strictly Business
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In P3, the local favorite - Wanted stayed right with On The Chip for a few laps, then joined Wazzup in the infield. Hardway had a hard day too, eventually breaking, leaving the little outboard cat that was totally out of its element today to win at the survivable speed of 42mph.

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In the P4 class, it was another battle of attrition; USA Auctions in their Phantom held off the much larger Formulas and Scarabs. In the middle of the hunt was the old fox, Billy Martin on his maiden comeback race, with his son at the wheel of a twenty-year-old Cigarette. Bounty Hunter lasted until the end and took second place! Itís just amazing to have this legend from the Aronow era to be racing with OPA. Glad to have you aboard Billy!

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Bounty Hunter Ė The Original P4 - 51
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Someone had to finally beat Typhoon and it took the Jokers to do it. What a great battle. Typhoon got caught sleeping at the start and Joker started out with a nice lead. The entire 8-lap race we watched Typhoon gain ground on the leader. On the last front straight they swapped the lead four times but at the Start/Finish line, it was Joker by a nose. Great race guys! Xtras ran a consistent race behind the leaders and held it together until the end to take third. Panther was in the hunt for a while but after standing it up on itís tail on too many times, a few thing decided to relocate themselves and ended their day.

Joker powerboats
Typhoon
Xtras

Not one of the P6 boats finished but geez what a show they put on while they ran. Every single person on the beach with a camera got a photo or two of Papa Duke flying twenty feet out of the water. It all came to an abrupt end when they busted the gas tank and several more internal items. Regardless they ran more laps than Not Guilty and the little Bat Boat looked more like a submarine half the time while it struggled around the course but still took a third.

Papa Dukes
Not guilty
Reindl Power boats

Check the results page on www.oparacing.com in a few days for the full results and updated point totals.

In a few days check out the helicopter photos on www.freezeframevideo.net. Jeff took a few hundred photos and youíll be able to see all of them. He also filmed the race from the air and had a few on board cameras on the boats. Jeff says this was one of the best races to watch in years. You can order a DVD of the race from Freeze Frame Video.

Tim Sharkey took a few hundred photos from the Commander Hotel, you can get to them by clicking on the Photos/Videos button on www.oparacing.com.

Thereís a lot of people that need to be thanked for their time and effort in bringing racing back to Ocean City, Rob Asner, Phil Houck, Will Lynch and Bill Purnell for reviving this great race site and getting the ball rolling again. The Sunset Marina for their fantastic location and run of the house tolerance of the mayhem. The US Coast Guard, Ocean City, Maryland for being so unbelievably helpful and deploying 17 (YES 17) boats to help keep our racers safe. This is an amazing number of waterborne assets for the Government to provide to us, weíve never been treated like this, ANYWHERE. We can only say thank you, thank you, and thank you!

And finally, we need to say THANK YOU to the Volunteer captains that assembled out of nowhere. Just a friend of a friend, or a member of this email list or they saw it on OffshoreOnly.com. You came together and gave forth a great effort asking nothing in return. Thank you for towing our broken race boats back home and thank you for braving less than ideal conditions. It was a pleasure to work with all of you. We hope you had some fun along the way and will come back next year to do it all over again.

So long to Ocean City and now onto Cambridge!!!

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was definately a helluva weekend.
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I have just about the same picture!
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It was great seeing everyone.

Sorry for the delay on most of my pics.

I shot over 1700 images this weekend and have maybe another 100 + that i need to load from the New York race too!

3 events in one weekend is putting the pressure on this PC of mine.....

I think Bob G will like this one!
Thanks Tim, great shot!
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