By Harry Gatjens
Steve David drove the Oh Boy! Oberto unlimited hydroplane to victory in the Albert Lee Cup on Lake Washington Sunday afternoon. David got inside of the favorite, Spirit of Qatar, before the start and used that to his advantage as he had a shorter course to run in the five-lap, 10-mile final. He was helped by Scott Liddycoat and his Valken.com Sports boat, which also got between the Oberto and the Qatar, further increasing David’s distance advantage.
The final capped one of the better days in Seafair hydro racing’s recent past as there were several heats of racing featuring deck-to- deck competition.
Alas, our local Edmonds-based hydroplane — Stevenson Roofing presents Miss Peters and May — suffered a second day of mechanical gremlins. In the first heat of the day, driver JW Meyers once again lost momentum as he had the day before. This time, rather than losing a prop, the Miss Peters and May suffered a gear box failure, mostly likely due to the prop loss the day before, which may have over-revved the gear box.
Without sufficient time to replace the gearbox before the next preliminary heat, owners Scott and Shannon Raney decided it best to take the proper amount of time and just run in the consolation race. Without their best prop and best gearbox, Meyers was still able to bring the Miss Peters and May home in third place for that heat.
The unlimited hydroplanes now have a little more than a month off before heading to San Diego for the next race, followed by the season conclusion in Qatar. You can follow Miss Peters in May on My Edmonds News as the season continues.