Jimmy Shane drove the Oberto hydroplane to its second straight victory on the 2014 circuit. It was no easy task as Shane’s boat was badly damaged in a collision with Dave Villwock in the Beacon Plumbing in a preliminary heat. Villwock, who had a slight lead at the time, had a failure in his boat and moved out in front the Oberto.
Both boats were damaged — the front of the Oberto and the rear of the Beacon Plumbing. Villwock was disqualified and the Oberto got no points for the heat. It took a miraculous effort to repair the Oberto in time for the final, and the crew from our local hydroplane, the Miss Peters and May, came over to help. While neighborly, this proved to the detriment of our local boat’s own chances. Without their help, the Oberto never would have made the final, which would have moved the Miss Peters and May up in the standings.
In the final, the Oberto finished first, followed by John Zimmerman in the Red Dot. Third went to Kip Brown in the brand-new Spirit of Qatar. Tom Thompson brought our local boat home in fourth place, followed by the Graham Trucking 2.
A number of boats got damaged during the day. The Lakeside Paving flipped over in the final heat and sank, the Our Gang Racing went through two rooster tails and was badly damaged, and the main Graham Trucking hydro suffered internal structural damage and was done for the day. All of the boats are expected to be repaired in time for this week’s Seafair race in Seattle with the exception of the Lakeridge.
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— By Harry Gatjens