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 Hydroplane Regatta 06/06/21

This was to be the first meeting held at Kingsbury for 18 months. For some of us it was an early start, meeting up at Norman Lara's home at the crack of dawn to  drive up to Kingsbury, all in one vehicle. We had a good drive up as the new A14 is open and it's a very nice road. John DeMott and Dave Singleton had set up the pit area, the poles and the cables ready for the event.

Round 1

We started at 11am with the B1. Pete Dirs had a mechanical problem which prevented him from running any more, Dave Sheldrake had couple of good laps but the engine cut out while Dave Singleton had a bad launch. In B1S Dave Sheldrake had a good run 101.72 mph I think thatís his personal best with this boat Ė Well Done Dave!

A1 Pete had a bad launch, Steve Turley had a good run (96.9mph) and Ron Hankins started well but did not finish. No runs in A2  or A3. In A/B Ron Hankins had engine problems which meant he did not start. A/S Ian Berne continues to have mechanical problems with the water pump in his flash steamer. A Class, John DeMott had a good run (115.93mph)

John DeMott out of retirement Dave Sheldrake Ian and Andi Berne

Round 2

B1, Dave Singleton got a run this time (99.57mph). Dave Sheldrake still has tank problems. Dave  didnít run his B1S as it had mechanical problems. A1, Pete got a good run (109.14 mph) whilst Steve Turley had a slower run at 96.9mph. A2, John Underwood, Norman and Rick Benson were having problems with their boats.  A3, John Underwood got a run of 97.64 mph. A/B, Ron still have problems starting the engine. A/S, Ian tried his other boat but the poppet valve is stuck open so that needs some work on it. A Class, Rick had a slow run 32.24 mph, John D didnít run.

Round 3

No runs in A1, B1 or B1S and in A2 only John Underwood got a run (71.98 mph). The Kingsbury Gremlins continued with no completed runs in A3  and in A/B Ron had a bad launch. Ian Berne was still have problems with his steamer so didn't run. In A Class Rick went faster than usual (64.04mph)
 

JDM and Ian Berne Ian with steamer. Pete Dirs in background Steve Turley

There was a very keen spectator from Poole who is very interested in flash steam, and he spent a lot of time talking to Ian and others about the hobby. Norman will send him plans of Bob's flash steam boat and engine and will also let Mike Rose know as he lives close to him. Although we had a small number of competitors at the regatta there was a lot of interest from members of the public who commented that it was good to see the hydroplanes running again on the lake. A good day had by all.

Results: B1 Class Dave Singleton 99.57mph  B1S Class Dave Sheldrake 101.72mph
            A1 Class Pete Dirs 109.14mph  Steve Turley 98.52mph A2 Class John Underwood 71.98mph
            A Class  John DeMott 115.93mph Rick Benson 64.04mph

Hydroplane Regatta 04/07/21

This was to be the second meeting of the season held at Kingsbury. For some of us it was a very early start meeting up at Ianís home at the crack of dawn to all drive up to Kingsbury in one vehicle. We had a good drive up as the new A14 is open and itís a very nice road. John and Dave set up the pit area, poles and cables ready for the event.

Round 1

We started at 11am with the B1. Dave Singleton had a good launch and thought the bungee is working well.
A1 Steve Turley had a good run at 95mph
A2 Norman Lara was the only competitor and had a good run at 124mph with his Nova Rossi.
A3 no one got a run
A/S Ian Berne continues to have mechanical problems with the water pump.
A Class John DeMott had a good run with his 30cc at 106mph

Round 2

B1 Dave Singleton had a slow run, as engine was too rich.
A1 Steve Turley had a slightly slower run, still just over 95mph.
A2 Norman changed the carburettor to a larger one but the engine would not run properly so its back to the drawing board.
A3 Steve Turley is still having Picco problems while Normanís Picco blew a conrod
A/S Ian tried his other boat but still having pump problems. John helped him to find out what the problems were so hoped to have another go in the next round.
A John D had a little bit faster run by 1.5mph.

Arthur, Brenda, Andi and Dave Steve and Dave changing cables Ian, John and Steve in discussion

Round 3

A/S Ian got the boat sorted and it started to pick up speed but then blew the boiler so a new boiler is needed. No other runs recorded

Although we had a small number of competitors at the regatta there was a lot of interest from members of the public who commented that it was good to see the hydroplanes running again on the lake. A good day had by all.

Norman Lara

Results: B1 Class Dave Singleton 93.71mph A1 Class Steve Turley 95.88mph A2 Class Norman Lara 124.18mph
A Class John DeMott 107.66mph

Hydroplane Regatta 08/08/21

This was to be the third meeting held at Kingsbury. For some of us it was a very early start meeting up at Ianís home at the crack of dawn to all drive up to Kingsbury in one vehicle. John and Dave set up the pit area, the poles and the cables ready for the event. It was good to see Arthur keen to run his boat.

Round 1

We started at 11am with the B1 Dave Singleton had a good launch.
A1 Ron had a nice launch but did not finish the laps
A2 Norman was the only competitor and had a good run.
A3 Tony had a good launch and a flying run, Arthur had exhaust leaks, so no run Norman had engine failure as his conrod was broken.
A/S Ian continues to have mechanical problems with the water pump and release valve
A/B Ron had problems with the engine running backwards so a strip down in the pits was needed.
A Class John did not finish the laps.

John DeMott Arthur and Brenda Wall Ron Hankins Dave Singleton

Round 2

B1 Dave Singleton had a slow run as engine was too rich.
A1 Ron did not finish the laps
A2 Norman did not run.
A3 Tony didnít finish the laps Norman and Arthur didnít run
A/S Ian ran his other boat and had a good run and was going quicker after the timed laps ended.
A/B Ron engine still running backwards so we think itís the starting cord getting caught on the flywheel.
John D did not finish the laps

Ron launching A1 Ian Berne Dave launching B1

Round 3

B1 Dave had a nice run but slower than the first round. A1 no one got a run.
A2 no-one ran
A3 Tony blew up his picco engine up so looks like itís time to rebuild the broken disc.
A/S Ian ran the red boat we got it started and Norman launched it but only done half a lap as the propeller was too big so itís back to the drawing board.
A/B Ron ran his other boat and got some fast laps but didnít finish
A class no-one ran.

Mechanical carnage

Although we had a small number of competitors at the regatta there was a lot of interest from members of the public who commented that it was good to see the hydroplanes running again on the lake. A good day had by all.

Results: B1 Class Dave Singleton 101.9mph A2 Class Norman Lara 121.68mph A3 Class Tony Collins 127.7mph A/S Class Ian Berne 97.67mph

August Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 28 August Ė St Albans Regatta

The damp and windy weather that has prevailed for most of August, decided, unfortunately to join us for the Bank Holiday Weekend too. This was to be the last St Albans Regatta at Kingsbury but nevertheless everyone got busy setting up, collecting the fees and completing the necessary Covid checks so we were all ready to start for 10.30am.
It was nice to see the mix of competitors from across the UK all eager to get in the water which was considerably lower than usual having been drained by the Park, so it was perfectly wadeable.
The boats donít seem to like the cold weather, and this was evident in the lack of completed runs, which were liberally sprinkled throughout the day.

At the end of the day Roger made a lovely speech and presented the prizes including a glass to Pete Dirs for the St Albans speed trophy Ė Well Done to All! Although this was the last ever St Albans Regatta run by St Albans Club, this will continue run by the Hydroplane Club Ė details to follow.

Round 1
We started with  B1 Neither Pete Dirs, Angela Gullick or Dave Singleton finished their laps.
A1 Steve Turley had a good run 89.56 mph, Steve Poyser had a bad launch, but Ron Hankins had a nice run 71.11 of mph and Pete Dirs a good run at 106.16mph.
A2 Steve Poyser had a nice run 100.67 mph and Norman Lara 97.38 mph.
S40 Neither Angela Gullick or Roger Lane completed their laps.
A3 Neither Norman Lara or Steve Turley finished their runs.
A/B Ron Hankins had a slow run running in his new motor 61.26mph.
A Class John DeMott had a bad launch.
A/S Class Ian Berne is still having trouble with his balls in the red boat. His pit crew will investigate this (Steve P, Pete and John U).

Steve Turley off to a 'flyer' Norman launching Ian's steamer Pete Dirs, fastest run of the season

Round 2
B1 Neither Angela nor Dave didnít finish their laps but Pete had a blinding run 140.60 mph so that was put away for tomorrow.
A1 Neither Steve T, Steve P or Ron finished their laps, but Pete was on form 112.16 mph.
A1E Angela was on form at 108.31mph so boat put away till tomorrow.
A2 Steve and Norman didnít finish their laps.
S40 Only Roger ran but could not get it started (blown plug).
A3 Neither Norman or Steve didnít finish their laps.
A/B Ron had a bad launch. A Class John had another bad launch.
A/S Ian had a good run out of his record holding boat 109.32mph.

Pete Dirs, fastest run since 2017 John DeMott struggling with launch Dave Singleton gets his B1 away

Round 3
B1 Angela and Dave both had bad launches and engine cut out in both boats.
A1 Neither Steve T, Steve P or Ron finished their laps, but Pete improved to 117.86mph.
A2 Steve didnít finish his laps, but Norman was happy at 117.39mph.
S40 Neither Angela or Roger finished their laps.
A3 Norman and Steve didnít run.
A/B Ron still running in his motor for tomorrow 66.70mph.
A Class John didnít finish the laps.
A/S Ian tried a bigger propeller but was a little too big and it stopped after a lap.

So, the St Albans Speed Trophy went to Peter Dirs at 117.86 mph Ė Congratulations!

Roger Lane's final
final St Alban's presentation

Steve Poyser
A2 Class
Ian Berne
A Steam Class
Pete Dirs
Winner A1 & B1

Results:
B1 Class
Pete Dirs 140.60mph A1 Class Pete Dirs 117.86mph A1E Class Angela Gullick 108.31mph A2 Class Norman Lara 117.39mph
A/B Class Ron Hankins 66.70mph A Steam Ian Berne 109.32mph

Following the regatta those that could made their way to Holiday Inn Express for the AGM, which went well (minutes to follow), and then we all fell into the pub for an excellent meal and some very large desserts!

Instant Cholesterol and never mind the calories

Sunday 29 August Ė International Regatta

Another damp and windy day didnít stop the indomitable spirit and it was an even bigger gathering than yesterday. The pit area was set up and we were ready in good time for the 10.30am start. The water level was good, but the wind made the lake rather choppy and created a wind tunnel for the timekeepers to sit in who kept going with hot drinks and sandwiches. Amazingly away from the lake and further into the park it was decidedly warm and sunny so a few brief jaunts to the coffee shop to warm up helped.

For a second day running the cold affected the boats, however the battle of the Chairmen ensued with the A2ís behaving like peas in a pod in each round with Normanís boat narrowly beating Steveís boat by a matter of tenths and much to Steveís dismay and Normanís delight! It was lovely to see Arthur and Brenda Wall at the regatta and we had 2 Kingsbury Club members who brought chairs to watch the regatta and have shown definite interest in coming along to a future regatta to Ďhave a goí themselves.

Round 1
A Class Rick Benson had a nice launch, but his engine stopped mid run. John DeMott had a good run 110.54mph.
A/S Ian Berne went back to the other prop and had a good run 112.28mph.
A/B Ron Hankins didnít finish the laps.
A3 Neither Norman Lara, Tony Collins or John Hyder finished their laps. Steve Turley was on form at 121.69mph.
S40 Neither Roger Lane or Angela Gullick finished their laps.
A2 Steve Poyser had a good run 115.46mph but Norman Lara just pipped him with 115.51mph.
A1 Steve Turley still on form 94.94mph. Steve Poyser and Ron Hankins didnít finish their laps and Pete Dirs had his Soloviev engine fail big time, so he was out for the rest of the meeting.
B1 Neither Angela Gullick or Dave Singleton finished the laps, Pete Dirs had a couple of fast laps at 145+but stopped short of the timed run.

Sue Free back timing at International Steamer 'pit crew' Pete Dirs launching Angela's B1

Round 2
A class John DeMott didnít run anymore due to a broken exhaust so itís back to the workshop for him. Rick Benson also had engine problems.
A/S Ian Berne improved his speed 113.23mph but was quicker at the end of the run as his last 2 laps reached 120mph+.
A/B Ron Hankins was back on form 127.07mph.
A3 Tony Collins didnít finish the laps as it was flying and then stopped. Norman Lara had a run 94.79mph, John Hyder had a nice run 117.81mph and Steve Turley still on form 123.11mph.
S40 Neither Angela Gullick or Roger Lane finished their runs.
A2 Steve Poyser was a little slower than the previous round at 111.36mph so was Norman Lara at 111.40mph.
A1 Neither Steve Turley, Steve Poyser or Ron Hankins completed their runs.
B1 Neither Angela or Dave finished their laps and Peteís new helper Steve lost the spinner into the water - luckily Norman had a spare.

Steve Poyser's perfect getaway Norman Lara, oops Ron Hankins AB Class

Round 3
A/S Ian Berne changed the prop for a bigger one and instructed Norman to let it warm up more. He did as he was told but it was slower Ė 69.64mph.
A/B Ron Hankins had a good run 123.36mph but the engine stopped suddenly as the conrod and piston broke.
A3 Neither Norman, Steve or John finished their laps, but Tony got a run at 116.26mph.
S40 Neither Angela nor Roger finished their laps.
A2 Both Steve P and Norman had bad launches.
A1 Neither Steve T nor Steve P finished their laps, Ron had a good at 85.77mph.
A1E Angela had a good run 98.75mph.
B1 Only Dave ran but didnít finish the laps.

John Hyder A3 Angela and Sue Steve Turley A3 Tony Collins, Speed trophy

At the end of the day Norman (ably assisted by Sue who wanted to pass on her thanks to everyone for making her feel so welcome and for a lovely weekend) presented the prizes including gifts as a thank you to Dave Singleton, John DeMott, Rick Benson and Pete Dirs for all their hard work over the weekend in setting up, line changes, running boats and packing away. Well Done to All!

Results:
A1 Class
Steve Turley 94.94mph  A1E Class Angela Gullick 98.75mph A2 Class Norman Lara 115.51mph  Steve Poyser 115.46mph
A3 Class Steve Turley 123.11mph John Hyder 117.81mph A/B Class Ron Hankins 127.07mph  A Class John DeMott 110.54mph
A Steam Class Ian Berne 113.23mph

Thanks to Norman Lara and Angela Gullick for reports, results and all the photos. For videos from Tony Collins and further photos go to the AB hydroclub facebook page

Kingsbury Hydroplane Regatta 12/09/21

For some of us it was a very early start meeting up at Ianís home at the crack of dawn to all drive up to Kingsbury in one vehicle. John DeMott and Dave Singleton had set up the pit area, the poles and the cables ready for the event. It was good to see Arthur & Brenda Wall and Bob Kirtley.

Round 1
We started at 11am with the A Class however John didnít finish the laps.
A/S this was the first time Bob had run in two years, unfortunately he had a bad launch. Ian Berne ran the record holding boat but had problems with his pumps not pumping properly. A/B Ron was the only competitor but had a bad launch.
A3 Tony had a good launch and a flying run 121.60mph so he will try a wedge on the front of boat (look at photo). Norman had a slower run 94.28mph. Steve Turley didnít finish the timed laps.
A2 Norman had a no run as the ball joint pin had come out so back to the workshop.
A1 Steve Turley had a nice run 98.02mph. Ron Hankins put a bigger propeller on but it was too big and didnít finish the laps.
B1 Dave didnít finish the laps but it looked quite fast.

John DeMott 'pondering' Steve Turley and Ron Hankins Steve's A3 boat

Round 2
A Class John blew up the valve drive in the motor so retired.
A/S Bob had a good run 112.47mph but was quicker at the end of the run but flying so he will put a shim under the skeg. Ian had a good run 107.91mph and was very stable. Norman ran Ianís spare boat, but it had problems with water in the fuel and on a close inspection the tanks have a leak internally so itís a rebuild for Ian.
A/B Ron didnít finish the laps he thinks Norman is not screwing the needle enough.
A3 Tony was a little slower 121.24mph but the wedge didnít work and so still flying. Norman and Steve T didnít finish the laps.
A1 Steve T didnít run any more as he was happy with the model. Ron borrowed a prop from Norman to try but the engine was a little rich 87.13mph.
B1 Dave didnít finish the laps.

Ian Berne's two flash steam boats Bob Kirtley back in the water Bob and Ian discussing pumps

Round 3
A/S Bob went quicker 124.36mph but still flying he needs to take some tips from Tony. Ian went quicker 108.49mph and the boat was very stable.
A/B Ron got a good run 126.08mph and yes Norman screwed the needle. A3 Tony changed the prop and added 80grams of lead to the front of the boat but still flew and didnít finish the laps. Norman and Steve T didnít finish the timed laps.
A1 Ron didnít finish the laps but boat was quicker.
B1 Dave didnít finish the laps.

This should work chaps Aerodynamic modifications Ron with A1 and A/B boats

Although we had a small number of competitors at the regatta there was a lot of interest from members of the public who commented that it was good to see the hydroplanes running again on the lake.

Thanks to Sonia for doing the time keeping and everyone for mucking in. A good day had by all.

Results:
A1 Class Steve Turley 98.02mph Ron hankins 87.13mph. A3 Class Tony Collins 121.60mph A/B Class Ron Hankins 126.08mph
AS Class Bob Kirtley 124.36mph Ian Berne 108.49mph

Norman Lara

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