The Edmonds-based Miss Peters and May unlimited hydroplane is in fourth place after the first day of racing at the Columbia Cup. Driver Tom Thompson took the boat to a second-place finish in the first heat of the day and to a fourth-place finish in the second heat — ending in fourth place overall.
Jimmy Shane in the Home Street Bank hydro leads the field with two heat wins. John Theoret in th Oh Boy! Oberto won his first heat but was second to Shane in the next one.
Michael Kelly driving the Graham Trucking boat also won one heat and took a second in his other. Those three are the only boats ahead of our local hydroplane at the end of day one.
Unfortunately Kelly Stocklin’s Bucket List Racing, the other Edmonds hydroplane, damaged both of its gearboxes and was forced to withdraw.
The Les Schwab hydroplane, driven by Andrew Tate, lost its propeller and suffered damage to the bottom of the boat. The crew will face a long evening of repairs tonight.
Racing continues Sunday with two more sets of preliminary heats followed by the winner take all final late in the afternoon. Get all your hydroplane coverage here on My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens