4 Races Completed
Seafair Race Winner
The 2015 Seafair race was held at Twin lakes in Marysville and had 12 boats filling the field. After the preliminary heats were completed the consolation race was held with Kyle Osterle in his newly purchased 2003 Miss Budweiser, Adam Putich with the Beacon Plumbing, John Reifel with the KISW miss Rock, Joey caines with the new Miss Renault, and Brent Edinger with the 1971 Pride of Pay N Pak.
As The boats hit the starting line Adam held the inside lane and led wire to wire to capture the consolation race and move up to the final field of boats.
The final heat had Adam with the Beacon Plumbing, Jeff Snell with the AA Auto Parts, Lee Robertson with the 1985 Squire Shop, Rick Backus with the Tide and John Hruby making his first appearance of the year with the 1978 Miss Circus Circus. As the boats were coming out of the turn of the mill to the start, the Circus Circus went dead in the water, the Squire shop directly behind the Circus Circus hit the back of the Circus Circus causing both boats to lay dead in the water with cowlings and debris littering the right hand turn. As the boats hit the line Adam Putich with Beacon Plumbing held the inside lane and would not be denied as he captured the 2015 Seafair trophy race.
Congratulations to Adam Putich for completing both the consolation and final victory.
Next race will be the Silver Cup on May 30th at Lake Tye in Monroe.
It is my sad duty to inform the club that past UNW President and Treasurer Jack Carson passed away April 11th. Jack had been battling a lot of health problems the last few years that finally forced him to give up racing and he eventually succumbed to. Jack was a wonderful person and great sportsman as well a guy who did a lot of service to the club. He just loved everything about those scale model boats. I shall miss him a lot.
Vaya con Dios Jack
There will be a graveside memorial at Washelli's in north Seattle at 1pm on April 25th
Atomic Cup Results
UNW joined the Electric Scale Unlimiteds for a full day of racing at Twin Lakes in Marysville. UNW had a field of 10 boats with good heat action for the preliminary heats. As the weather held off for the most part, then hail and rain storms came in towards the end of the day. To move things along, the consolation race was cancelled.
The final heat was set with Gene Gager with the Notre Dame, Mike Cathey with the Blue Speedy Printing, Kerry Case with the U-76, Adam Putich with the Beacon Plumbing, and Jim Putich with the Spirit of Qatar.
Kerry case became the first casualty as his starter belt broke preventing the U-76 from entering the heat. Mike Cathey with the Speedy Printing went dead in the water scoring up for the start. Jim Putich with the Spirit of Qatar broke a pipe coupler at the start and moved into the in-field. That left Adam and Gene to battle out the final heat. Going into the first turn Adam hit the apex bouy exploding it into pieces and had a one lap penalty. Gene followed Adam cruising the course as Adam went all out to make up the extra lap. Going into North turn of lap 3 Adam flipped the Beacon plumbing in the wind and fell dead in the water and Gene picked up the Atomic Cup win with the endurance of the Notre Dame.
Congratulations to Gene Gager the 2015 Atomic Cup champion.
Thunder on the Pond Results
The 2015 UNW season started out with the running of the Thunder on the Pond and with wonderful weather. The boat field of12 boats vying for the trophy for the first race of the season. The preliminary heats were very competitive with drivers not missing a beat from the layoff from the 2014 season.
After all the preliminary heats were completed the consolation race had Dave Ono with the 1969 Notre Dame, Mike Cathey with the Blue American Speedy Printing, Gene Gager with the 1964 Notre Dame and Lee Robertson with the 1985 Squire Shop. Lee was able to get a great start with the Squire Shop and lead wire to wire to capture the consolation heat and move up to the final heat joining Rick Backus with the 1992 Tide, Jim Putich with the 2012 Spirit of Qatar, John Reifel with the 1983 KISW Miss Rock, Doug Kirk with the 1972 Notre Dame and Adam Putich with the 2007 Beacon Plumbing.
Before the start of the final heat the Spirit of Qatar went dead in the first turn in lane 4 which made navigating interesting. As the clock counted down Adam held lane 1 Notre Dame lane 2 Lee Roberson lane 3, John Reifel lane 4 and Rick Backus on the outside. Adam and Doug battled for 3 laps and both went dead in different spots. Lee with the Squire Shop maintained 3 place and moved to first when the two leaders dropped off. Lee held on to win the first race of the season followed by John Reifel in second place as the only finishers of the final heat.
Congratulations to Lee Robertson for taking both the consolation and final heat win!
Let's Go Racing!
First race of the 2015 season will be Thunder on the Pond located at Twin Lakes in Marysville Scheduled on Saturday April 4th . Please make sure you bring your 2015 NAMBA insurance card with you and look forward to kicking off the new season!
Glow Plug prices remain the same this year. McCoy MC-8, MC-9 and MC-59 sheets of 12 are $50. Full sheets only.
Make your check or Money Order payable to:
18483 47th Place NE
Lake Forest Park, WA. 98155
Cut off for receiving payment is Feb. 28th.
Fuel BuyKirk Maupin will be taking fuel orders again for Redmax Fuel until February 15th. 60% - $32, 55% - $30, 50% - $28. Pickup will be February 28th, 9:00 at RnR Automotive refinishing. 1408 130th Ave NE Bellevue.
Send checks to:
30 212th st SW
Bothell WA 98021
NAMBA ApplicationThe 2015 NAMBA Membership Application/Insurance form is now available on the "Downloads" page
2015 Boat Registrations
Registrations are open for the new 2015 season. Please review the registration boat list and mail in your registration by February 28th to keep your registration current. Go to the "Downloads" page and click on the link "2014 Boat Registration Status"
The "Downloads" page also has a link for the boats available for the 2015 UNW Boat Draw. You will also find the updated Master Hull Roster
The tentative 2015 schedule is now posted. Note: you can now click on the image at the top right on each race page and a Google Maps link will open in a new window so you can get directions to the race site.
1/8th Scale Electrics
The Board unanimously voted to include 1/8th scale electrics in the UNW schedule. The electrics will run in much the same vein as the 1/6th scale gas boats in that if enough show up, we will run the heats. We will not be doing registrations, tracking points or have trophy plaques at this point. David Newton has agreed to be an advisor to the UNW Board regarding the class.
The electrics will adhere to all general UNW racing rules in that the boats must have a safety inspection before competing (or if they have had a collision, radio issues or run up on the beach), driver's must have current NAMBA insurance. All UNW specifications regarding scale dimensions, paint and graphics, configuration of hulls (Canard designs are not allowed in UNW competition in any class), driver's changes and entry fees must be adhered to. All racing rules such as right of way, roostertail length to make a pass, penalties, infractions and sportsmanship shall remain in place. Boats must be on a plane at the 30 second to the start mark, and shall maintain forward momentum throughout the remainder of the heat. Boats that have stalled shall be considered DNF but may, when safe, move the boat out of the lanes of competition.
Both NAMBA and RCU spec. boats may compete.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a board member for more information