All 10 Races Completed
Diamond Cup Race Winner
The tentative 2015 schedule is now posted. Note: you can now click on the image on each race page and a Google Maps link will open in a new window if you want to 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
Will be held Saturday October 25th 6pm at
Azteca at Southcenter
17555 Southcenter Parkway
Get directions via Google Maps
Guest speaker yet to be announced
The Diamond Cup was held at Twin Lakes in Marysville and 14 scale boats entered the race. After all the preliminary heats were completed the field was set for the consolation race with Doug Kirk 1972 Notre Dame, Jim Putich 2012 Qatar, Brent Edinger 1971 Pride of Pay n Pak, Rick Backus 1992 Tide, and Gene Gager 1964 Notre Dame. Brent Edinger in the Pride of Pay n Pak found his way around the field to win the consolation heat putting him in the final heat with Adam Putich 2007 Beacon Plumbing, Paul Jackson with the 1976 Olympia Beer, John Hruby 1978 Circus Circus, Beau Rarig 1977 Spirit of Dayton Walther, Lee Robertson 1985 Squire Shop.
All the boats hit the starting line of the winner take all final heat, and going through the first turn Olympia Beer rolled over and went dead in the water. Out of the turn the Beacon Plumbing and the Circus Circus battled for the lead with the Beacon Plumbing holding the inside lane position. In lap three on the back stretch the Circus Circus lost its cowling and continued on racing with the Squire Shop in third position, Pride of Pay n Pak in fourth position, and Spirit of Dayton Walther fifth position. As the boats were finishing the heat Beacon Plumbing crossed the finish line in first place but lost its cowling on the cool down lap in the back stretch.
As the rules indicate: when any boat loses any part of its boat, that boat will receive 6th place points. When all the boats came back to shore, Lee Robertson moved up in position to first place followed by Brent Edinger in the Pride of Pay n Pak second place, Beau Rarig Spirit of Dayton Walther third place. Both the Circus Circus, and the Beacon Plumbing received 6th place positions.
Congratulations to Lee Robertson winning the 2014 Diamond Cup!
The UNW Gold Cup was held in Twin Lakes at Marysville, WA with terrific weather and several spectators viewing the action.
After four preliminary sections of racing the consolation race was set with : Miss Northwest Tank Service Kerry Case, 1969 Notre Dame Dave Ono, 1964 Notre Dame Gene Gager, Captran Resorts Greg Voelker, 1971 Pride of Pay n Pak Brent Edinger, and 1975Miss Weisfields Greg Roth. Kerry Case prevailed over the field winning the consolation race and joining the Gold Cup final heat field as the sixth boat.
The Gold Cup final heat had John Hruby Miss Circus Circus, Jim Putich Spirit of Qatar, Adam Putich Beacon Plumbing, Paul Jackson Olympia Beer, 1972 Notre Dame Doug Kirk, and Kerry Case Miss Northwest Tank Service.
The race began with Beacon Plumbing in lane one, Spirit of Qatar in lane 2, Olympia Beer in Lane 3 Miss Circus Circus lane 4 Notre Dame lane 5 and Miss Northwest Tank Service in Lane 6 all boats hitting the line with the Notre Dame jumping the start. The Miss Northwest Tank Service rode the Notre Dame rooster tail and flipped ending Kerry Case's day.
The battle began with 4 boats coming out of the first turn and Beacon leading up the back stretch. Olympia Beer on the second lap could not hold lane and forced the Circus Circus out causing him to fall back a bit. Meanwhile the Beacon Plumbing was working hard holding off the Qatar that was charging on the outside. Lap 3 saw Adam Putich with the Beacon Plumbing sliding out in the last turn of lap 3 and allowing Adam's Dad Jim in the Qatar to take over the inside lane. These two boats battled side by side with the Circus Circus gaining on the leaders for the next two laps. Going into the final turn The Circus Circus caught up to make this a three boat race and drag race coming down the final stretch. At the finish line the Circus Circus made up all ground but was held off by the Qatar by one half boat length. The Circus Circus finishing second, Beacon Plumbing finishing third, Olympia Beer finishing fourth and the Notre Dame finishing fifth.
Next race will be a joint race Saturday and Sunday Sept 13-14 at Twin Lakes in Marysville.
Thanks to Paul Jackson and Joey Caines for directing the 2014 Crystal Cup in Chehalis WA. 15 boats competed for the Crystal Cup.
Jim Putich with the 2012 Spirit of Qatar won the consolation race and moved up as the 6th boat in the final heat. Joining Jim in the final heat was his son Adam Putich in the Beacon Plumbing, Ron Cole with the Natural Light, Jeff Snell with the AA Auto Parts, Paul Jackson with his Olympia Beer, Gene Gager with the Notre Dame and Mike Cathey with the American Speedy Printing.
Congratulations to Adam Putich on a perfect day of winning all his heats including the final as the 2014 Crystal Cup champion.
A special thanks to the Electric Scale Unlimited Club for providing a terrific barbecue for all the racers including the Pacific NW Thunderboat Association.
Greg Roth held the 2014 Molsen Thunderfest at Lake Tye in Monroe with 14 contestants. Jim Putich brought out his 2003 Miss Budweiser for the first time this year and put it in the final heat by winning the consolation race.
The final heat contestants along with Jim were the Northwest Tank with Kerry Case, Notre Dame with Doug Kirk, Spirit of Dayton Walther with Beau Rarig, Beacon Plumbing with Adam Putich, and Circus Circus with John Hruby.
Notre Dame held the lead at the start and the Beacon Plumbing passed on the inside lane and held off all challengers to win his first race of the 2014 season. Congratulations to Adam Putich in the Beacon Plumbing for winning the 2014 Molsen Thunderfest race.
Silver Cup Race
The 2014 Silver Cup was held on Lake Tie in Monroe and was sponsored by Kerry Case. 15 boats entered the race under blue skies.
After the preliminary heats were completed, 6 boats entered the consolation race with Rick Backus in the Squire Shop prevailing over the completion and rough water to take the consolation trophy and move up to the final heat as the sixth boat. The final heat had the Squire Shop (Rick Backus) 1969 Notre Dame (Dave Ono) Miss KISW Rock (John Reifel) Miss Circus Circus (John Hruby) 1972 Notre Dame (Doug Kirk) and the 1970 Pride of Pay n Pak (Paul Jackson).
John Hruby had a lane two start and moved around the 72 Notre Dame on the inside lane and held the lead for 5 laps battling the rough water to win the 2014 Silver Cup race final heat.
15 boats turned out for the Seafair race and Paul Jackson with the 1970 Pride of Pay N Pak held on to win his first race of the 2014 season. Mike Cathey with the Blue American Speedy Printing was the consolation race winner. Congratulations to all the participants and Jim & Adam Putich for sponsoring the race.
Glen Ono Memorial
Congratulations to John Hruby for winning the 13th annual Glen Ono Memorial Trophy. John had a perfect day winning his second race this year. Gene Gager won the Consolation Race moving him into the final Heat.
UNW would like to thank race sponsors Dave Ono, & Gene Gager for a terrific Barbeque with lots to eat!
The Atomic Cup
UNW second race of the year was held in Ellensburg Washington. The final Heat had AA Auto with Jeff Snell, Jim Putich in the 2012 Qatar, Adam Putich in the Beacon Plumbing, John Hruby in the Circus Circus, Kirk Maupin with the Squire, and John Olson as the Winner of the Consolation race moving up to be the sixth boat in the final heat.
Kirk Maupin, came from behind and passed Adam Putich on the outside on lap two to take the 2014 Atomic Cup Final heat. Congratulations to Kirk Maupin on a terrific race.
Next Race will be May 10th in Marysville.
Atomic Cup this weekend
Geoffry Grembowski from R/CU sent a message regarding the Atomic Cup racing this weekend. I have posted his message in the General Information & Messages Forum
Thunder on the Pond Results
First race of the 2014 UNW season has concluded with John Hruby with his Circus Circus winning after Adam Putich driving The Beacon Plumbing jumped the gun.
Congratulations to Mike Cathey and his rebuilt Blue American Speedy Printing for running away from the field and winning the Consolation Race.
The heat summary is available on the Points page with the high points summary to come following the next race.
Next race will be April 26th in Ellensburg racing with RCU for a full weekend of racing.
The 2014 NAMBA application is available on the Downloads page. Please remember that you must have your 2014 NAMBA card before you can race in UNW. If you are new to the club and have any questions, please contact any UNW Board Member. They would be glad to assist.