Twelve unlimited hydroplanes have arrived to the Tri-Cities for this weekend’s Columbia cup. This is the largest turnout of hydroplanes of the year so far.
The boats are led by defending season champion, Graham Trucking, and the winner the first two races this year, Oberto.
Our local Edmonda hydro, Miss Peters and May, arrived Thursday morning to begin setting up in the pits. OwnerbScott Raney spent the last week and a half repairing the damages done to the engines in the first two races of the year. He and his co-owner wife, Shannon, are quite confident going into this weekend’s racing.
Joining the circuit this weekend is the sports all-time winningest driver, Dave Villwock, who is taking over as driver in the Beacon Plumbing. The brand-new Spirit of Qatar is also making its debut this weekend with new driver Kip Brown. This boat has been under construction for over a year ever since the original Spirit of Qatar was badly damaged in January 2013.
Testing and qualifying begin Friday with the first heat of racing on Saturday. Follow all the action here on My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens