TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Dave Villwock suffered from a flip during heat 2A caused by a wind gust. The boat landed right side up and the top of the boat was not damaged.
Dave Villwock was able to open up the top hatch and step out of the boat after the flip. He has been taken to the hospital for a check up and he checks out fine.
"I saw the boat outside, saw a boat go up," said U-7 driver Mike Allen. "It really blew my mind."
Here's how U-1 driver Dave Villwock saw it in his words: "What happened was a lot of wind out there. Boat was thundering along and everything was fine. I wanted to make sure I got the boat down. I saw a squall coming. I was being pretty aggressive planting the boat, just at the wrong time."
"When the boat came down, I hit a big wave, a squall," Villwock continued. "It wouldn't come back. It got upside down."
"I was OK, so I jumped out and started surveying the boat. I radio'd back to the crew 'Get out the canard, get out the wing.'. Tools, glue, hardware. By the time the boat came in they were ready to get after it.
Any apprehension about getting back on board? "Not really," Villwock said. "We knew that boat was pretty good. We set all the equipment up pretty good."
"The driver made a mistake there, obviously" he said.
"Like a quarterback throwing an interception, it's not a good thing, but the quarterback's job is to march down the field. I felt the obligation to my team to pick up the ball and run with it. Luckily they gave me a ball."