Extracted from MMPBC Newsletter Sept 2002
Hamilton World Cup
Our Club was very well represented at Hamilton though the weather was not favourable to racing, with the wind and waves making it hard to negotiated around the course and several of us ended up under the water more than on top of it. Those of us that managed to stay upright did fairly well, and it was good to see our members using the throttle as much as the rudder to control the boats.
Saturday was greeted with a fairly flat lake with the winds expected to build up over the day. The course was set up on the Yacht Club side on Friday evening with the anticipation that it would be the calmer of the two sides. The racing started with the stick boats in fairly flat water but by the time the final heat was raced the wind had came up and water had became quite rough. No one in our Club participated in this event but we had 5 in the next race, which was the offshore. This was split into two groups of 7 boats, with each boat having two 15 minutes heats each day and the points for the four heats accumulated.
By now the conditions had deteriorated and for our Club Members it was basically a drive to survive. Brent, Tony and Jason were finding the conditions not to their liking and were playing submarines. Even the bigger boats of Malcolm and Graham found the going tough and were blown sideways and were finding it impossible to keep their boats on the course. Only a few laps were completed for our guys in this heat and once the race was over, it was decided to pack up and go to the other side of the lake were it seemed to be more sheltered.
Once set up the Sport 45 was the next race with 7 entries and Jason and Merv were out testing the water. Still not hydro water, rough on the first turn and very lumpy down the back straight with the rest of the course taken at speed with caution to the head wind. The 1 lap sprints was again a survival exercise and Jason won this in 27secs, well done! Merv was not able to finish his lap (Got the record for best submarine act!). The heat racing was next up and it was a struggle for the little boats with the conditions and we had Merv withdraw, as his boat was set up for flat water. Jason ploughed on and drove very well and won one or two heats, which got him into the final, which he claimed 3rd spot, again well done!
The last race of the day was offshore heat racing and the course was moved out into the rough water a bit, which did not suit our boats at all. The guys thought they would give it a go with Brent and Tony again playing submarines, Graham, Malcolm and Jason fairing a lot better than in their earlier heats, albeit at half throttle.
Well that was Saturday, we all went home hoping the weather would be better for Sunday!
We were greeted by a very nippy (Editor’s note: It wasn’t “nippy”, it was bloody freezing !) morning with a breeze and slight chop. It was decided to run the offshore later in the day as the weather was forecasted to get worse as the day progressed. The stick boats were run first and this gave our boys who were running the 1/8th Scales a bit of time to locate some warm shelter and try and de-numb their bodies. We had 4 entries in this event and it was a pity that the weather was against us as it was very rough on the top turn and very lumpy down the back straight. Merv withdrew after suffering damage to his rudder bracket. Malcolm found the cold weather was playing havoc with his tunning and it was noticed that his carburettor was having a lot of condensation around it. (Maybe he might need to preheat his fuel) Terry and Chris struggled on with Chris making the finals. Attrition was fairly high through out the racing and it struck again in the final take all with Chris succumbing to the trying conditions.
The Offshore was again on the same course as Saturday, which did not suit our boats, and Graham, Jason and Malcolm tried their best in the unfamiliar water conditions. Brent looking at the conditions shook his head and withdrew. Tony should’ve got an award for determination as I lost count of how many times he relaunched after being swamped on the top corner (He did show them on Saturday that he has one fast boat when he took it for a run in the Lunch break on the flatter water and had peoples eyes popping out!!) (Club Members watch out!)
Tony also won best-presented Offshore and Malcolm picked up 3rd spot.