View from inside the cockpit of U-6 as the U-13 flips over the top
U-13 Acura of Bellevue and U-6 OH BOY! OBERTO have been involved in a collision during the Heat 3B. J. Michael Kelly was taken to the hospital suffering from pain in his left elbow and shin, he will be okay.More >>
Tense moments on the Columbia River as J. Michael Kelly flips upside down in the U-13. It was several minutes before rescue crews could get to the boat and pull Kelly out. He's OK.
INSIDE: Video of the flip from inside the U-6 cockpitMore >>
SEATTLE, Wash. - A flip on Friday, a fire on Sunday, and some great deck-to-deck racing... it's Seafair in Seattle.
CHEVROLET CUP FINALS
1. U-37 Jean Theoret 2. U-6 Steve David 3. U-1 Dave Villwock 4. U-7 Mike Allen 5. U-5 Jeff Bernard 6. U-10 J.W. Myers (one lap penalty) DNF. U-3 Jimmy King
U-10 & J.W. Myers crossed the finish line second, but after reviewing the situation, was assessed a one lap penalty for coming too close to another boat outside his lane,w hich dropped him to 6th place.
"The team is awesome," said Seafair Champion and U-37 driver, Jean Theoret. "They gave me an outstanding machine." Team owner Billy Schumacher, who also won in Seattle as a driver, said "I saw Jean get into the boat with a smile on his face and now I know what he meant."
"I think we've got something for them this afternoon," said Jimmy King, driver of the U-3 piston powered boat, winner of Heat 2A. HEAT 2B Results: 1. U-37 Jean Theoret 2. U-1 Dave Villwock 3. U-6 Steve David 4. U-99 Terry Troxell 5. U-5 Jeff Bernard 6. U-2.25 Ken Muscatel DNF U-21 Kevin Aylesworth
Theoret led start-to-finish. The U-21 caught fire at the end of the race. Driver Kevin Aylesworth had to go into the water to avoid the fire. "The motor made a loud pop," said Aylesworth, "and then it caught."
Going into Heat 3B, Dave Villwock was in an unusual situation for the Elam team - win or go home. Villwock needed the points to have a shot at getting into the finals. "We had to do a good job to get up into the finals," he said. "It's very competitive."
"It's been a tough day," said Villwock. "We've had to fight for everything.
Provisional: Winner will compete in finals 1. U-5 Jeff Bernard 2. U-9 Chris Bertram 3. U-2.25 Ken Muscatel DNS. U-100 Greg Hopp DNS. U-13 J. Michael Kelly DNS. U-99 Terry Troxell
Jeff Bernard, U-5 driver, said "we've been struggling all day." The U-5 had a rudder problem, but it's been fixed. "We're in the final!" said Bernard.
SATURDAY UPDATES HEAT 1A Results: 1. U-37 Jean Theoret 2. U-7 Mike Allen 3. U-3 Jimmy King 4. U-100 Greg Hopp 5. U-13, J. Michael Kelly (started as trailer) 6. U-21 Kevin Aylesworth 7. U-9 Chris Bertram
An odd start to the race with a number of boats hitting the timing mark early and having to slow up dramatically in order to get to the starting line on-time. Not Theoret in the U-37 who had stayed back and then roared past the field to grab the inside lane and held it to victory.
After the race, Theoret said: "The water's really choppy." Greg Hopp, U-100 driver, said "Theoret really nailed that start." Team owner Billy Schumacher said of Theoret, "Couldn't have done it better myself."
HEAT 1B Results: 1. U-10 JW Myers 2. U-6 Steve David 3. U-5 Jeff Bernard 4. U-99 Terry Troxell 5. U-2.25 Ken Muscatel 6. U-1 Dave Villwock
A great race as Steve David and J.W. Myers battled down to the final seconds with Myers barely pulling ahead at the finish line. Dave Villwock's U-1 Elam washed out in lap one and the fire on the boat went out. Villwock managed to get it re-started, but not before nearly getting crunched by Myers, who came within inches of the U-1.
"I could barely tell I beat him," said Myers talking about beating Steve David and the U-6 across the finish line; "he was running everything he had." David said Myers waved at him before the race. "J.W.'s an outstanding driver," said David.
Six boats in total have hosted qualifying times in excess of 150mph. On Saturday, the U-7 bettered its time with a 153.201. The U-10 was right behind with a 153.035 and the U-3 with a 152.775 topped the U-37's speed from Friday.
FRIDAY UPDATES Dave Villwock, Mike Allen, and Jean Theoret turned the fastest laps in the morning qualifying sessions. Villwock and the U-1 Elam led the pack with a time of 157.48. Mike Allen and the U-7 was right behind with 152.033.
It was one of those heart-stopping moments on the water in Seattle as the U-21 caught fire during Heat 2-B. The fire spread quickly as driver Kevin Aylesworth managed to exit the cockpit and get in the water. More >>
It was one of those heart-stopping moments on the water in Seattle as the U-21 caught fire during Heat 2-B. The fire spread quickly as driver Kevin Aylesworth managed to exit the cockpit and get in the water.
Rescue boats pulled Aylesworth to safety then foamed the boat down before dragging it back to shore.More >>
It was Bill Strain driving the UL-56 "Miss Diagnosed" when the blow over occurred on the front straight-away. The boat had a "soft landing" - meaning it came down right-side up, but the left sponson was torn up.More >>
Miss Diagnosed blew over, landing right side up. Driver Bill Strain is OK, but damage to the left sponson will put the UL-56 out of the competition for this weekend.More >>