Regatta Review #154

Friday, February 10, 2012

Reserve Your Favorite Seats Now

Many of our loyal fans like to get the same seats year to year, we hold all seating placement so that anyone can request the same seat they had last year.

This year seats will be held until March 30th, and unpaid seats will be released April 2nd.

To order by phone please call us at (586) 774-0980. The 2012 Online Store will not be up and running for a few weeks yet as we revamp our web site for this year's event.

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Very Cool Electric Powerboat Record - 98+ MPH!

On October 12 2008, Michael Bontoft set a world record for an electric powered boat at 98.806 MPH!  This is in a kneel-down outboard style hydroplane.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with straightaway records, two runs are made through a set course in opposite directions and the average time is calculated. The course was a kilometer long with room to get up to speed before hitting the timer.

From Mike: "It is a modified 48 volt brushed motor from a forklift used to power the hydraulics, rated at about 15hp.? We ran a Zilla speed control and put 140 volts and 700 amps to it from 42 Lithium Polymer batteries. Composite glass honeycomb boat I built."

Check it out!

The Unlimited News Journal

The Unlimited News Journal has been around a long time but had been a "snail mail" newsletter until just recently... now they're online.

A couple of the recent stories:

* Peters & May announces they are returning to sponsor the U-11 Unlimited Racing Group team for 2012. Peters & May CEO Dave Holley said it was an easy decision to continue working with the URG group and looks forward to the upcoming season. Scott Raney noted "2011 was a discovery year with the new boat and we now feel like we have a pretty good idea how the boat will run and what we need to do."

* Mike and Lori Jones have announced plans to return full time to the ANG H1 Unlimited Series in 2012.  The U-9 hull is undergoing off-season upgrades, a new cockpit, and will have Jon Zimmerman behind the wheel again next season


H1 Driver To Be Honored At UIM Awards Gala In Monaco

Rookie driver Scott Liddycoat will be honored at the UIM Awards Giving Gala at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco for his victory at the 2011 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Qatar.

It's the first time H1 Unlimited's Air National Guard Hydroplane Series has been represented at the February 11th event and the perk of winning a UIM World Championship. The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) is the world's governing body for powerboat racing.

"I can't wait to represent the sport at this prestigious event in Monte Carlo," said Liddycoat, driver of the boat. "Anyone I talk to, I want to share with them how great the sport is."

More than 80 world champions representing 25 countries are expected to attend the third annual UIM Awards Giving Gala. Not only does the event honor drivers who won UIM Powerboating World Championships in 2011, organizers will present the UIM Environmental Award and the Stefano Casiraghi Memorial Trophy.

"After attending the UIM meetings in Abu Dhabi and seeing firsthand the structure and importance of this worldwide organization, I feel it is important that H1 be represented and our UIM World Champion be recognized along with the other champions who will be in attendance," said Sam Cole, chairman of H1 Unlimited. "We do, after all, race some of the biggest, fastest boats in the Union Internationale Motonatique."

About 400 dignitaries from the sport, including His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, are expected to attend the gala. Liddycoat is looking forward to seeing Sheikh Hassan and thank him for bring the H1 Unlimited series back to Doha, Qatar, later this year.

"I want to thank him for the opportunity and how excited I was to be a part of last year's event," said Liddycoat, who lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

"The UIM Awards Giving Gala has developed into a key appreciated UIM event," said UIM President Raffaele Chiulli. "Our Champions dream during the whole season is to step up on the stage of the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco and our partners and guests are really pleased to honor all together the protagonists of our sport. It is a great effort for our Federation but the 2011 Sport Season couldn't have a more prestigious closing event."

As a rookie driver, Liddycoat finished third in the 2011 National High Points Championship. In addition to winning the season-ending Oryx Cup, Liddycoat had two second-place finishes and a third-place showing.

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