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Victoria Park Hydroplane Regatta 23/05/21

This was to be the first meeting held over Victoria Park for 18 months. For some of us it was an early start meeting up in the cafe in Roman Road for a fry up and a drink. (see picture) After filling our bellies we made our way to the lake where we set up a cordoned off area for the competitors (to maintain social distancing from the public). We then got busy setting out the pole and cables ready for the event.

Wot, no mushrooms? Bryn in the pit area

It was quite a windy day so no-one got a timed run (B1S), Pete and Bryn ran some vintage D class boats, Pete had a couple of good runs and Bryn had a mechanical failure losing the tail shaft.

Next up was the Sport 40 class; Stuart ran his new boat which looked really good on the water but unfortunately had a mechanical failure (the universal joint engine end let go) so did not get a run. John, Bryn and Karen had some good runs, Bryn getting a Personal Best! Stuart ran his spare boat (Sport 40) and had some good runs with it.

Pete Dirs and John Underwood with S40 boat Pete and John face off the wild life

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 boating lake being used and were asking lots of questions about the boats and the club.

A good day had by all.

Results: Vintage Class Pete Dirs ETA 29 51.9mph A1 Class John Underwood 79.52mph
            Sport 40 Class Stuart Falconer 79.9mph John Underwood 68.7mph  Bryn Colman 66.02mph Karen Colman 61.36mph

Victoria Park Hydroplane Regatta  20/06/21

This was to be the second post Covid meeting held over Victoria Park. For some of us it was another early start meeting up in the cafe in Roman Road for a fry up and a drink.  (see picture) After filling our bellies we made our way to the lake where we set up a cordoned off area for the competitors (to maintain social distancing from the public). We then got busy removing the weed and setting  out the pole and cables ready for the event.

Good, mushrooms Concerted session of weed removal

Despite being a damp day we started with B1S, Pete Dirs ran his new boat with a Picco 15 which went well for the first time out   Pete and Bryn Colman ran some vintage D class boats, Pete had a run with the vintage and Bryn broke his ETA 29 engine.

Stuart Falconer ran his A1 which started off well but it sounded like a bearing in the engine had worn so he did not run it any more. Pete tried his one but also had engine problems so in the box it went to go back to the workshop.

Next up was the Sport 40 class; Stuart ran his Irvine 40 boat and got some good speed. Roger Lane had some nice runs with his Sport 40 and Bryn got a personal best. Norman Lara ran the B1V we had some good runs. Pete and Bryn are now making one to run over the park  - its a good laugh watching it run. It was great to meet up with Roger Lane and have a good chat.

Still more weed Roger Lane The 'crew', less Norman

Despite the small number of competitors at the regatta interest from members of the public remains high who were commenting that  it was good to see the boating lake being used and were asking lots of questions about the boats and the club. A good day had by all.

Results: Vintage Pete Dirs ETA 29 53.12mph B1 Vintage Norman Lara OS 52.61mph A1 Class Stuart falconer 58.12mph
             Sport 40 Class Stuart Falconer 85.55mph Roger Lane 83.51mph Bryn Colman 71.31mph

Thanks to Norman Lara and Angela Gullick for the report, photos and results.

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