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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

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