Luke Guenst Charity Bass Tournament: Lake Wells, FL
We had a total of 36 boats.
1st - James Watkins/Wayne Yohn 26.90lbs $1,0002nd - Eric Conant/Mike Foster 24.50lbs $7503rd - Ken Lucas/Danniel L. 22.25lbs $5504th - Danney Hulett/Darcy Barnes 22.05lbs $3505th - Roger Brown/Levi Brown 21.50lbs $250Big Bass - Jesse Mizell 9.85lbs $100
This was a great event and I am very thankful that Boca Bearings was a part of it from the beginning. Thank you guys so much!
Many thanks to Team Boca Bearings for helping sponsoring our 10th annual Electrics Over Tidewater Fun Fly hosted by the Newport News Park Radio Control Club in Newport News, VA.
The weather was perfect for two days and a night of great flying. In addition to casual flying there were many rounds of foamy combat and the FPV racing course garnered much excitement as racing quads went zipping around the pylons.
We had 40 registered pilots and approximately 50 spectators enjoying the event. Blaine Coblentz won best of show with a stunning de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver; Owen Perkinson earned the award for most flights on a single airplane; and Bruce Thompson earned the award for best night flight. Bruce’s night flying was absolutely amazing and brought the spectators to their feet many times with cheers of appreciation. Bruce was so impressed with the spectator’s enthusiastic cheers, he returned with a curtain call flight to end the night of flying. I’m sure we will have another great event next year.
Thanks again Team Boca Bearings!
Owen DwireV.P. Newport News R/C ClubAKA: Vprpilot
Saturday, September 12, 2015Seaside, California
NAMBA district 9 points race, Venom/Atomik team driver and season high points champion Bill Oxidean scored yet another victory in the highly contested P-Limited Offshore class.
Seaside as a race site has not been utilized since 2005. This amazing race site is anything but rural as these sites usually are. It is surrounded by hotels, a Home Depot store, a McDonalds, and many other establishments that make this race site convenient. Not only is this race site directly off the freeway, but amazingly enough, this pond is Right across the road from the most pristine beach on the Monterey coast. Weather was mostly cloudy, but that golden California sun came shining through from time to time. Temps ranged from 68-75degrees, nice and cozy. Wind never gusted more than 8mph, but this lake has an added bonus. Despite the ocean breeze, its a “recessed"lake. it is protected from wind by a HUGE sand dune.
The other side of the lake is protected from wind by reed willows. Don’t get us wrong, there were still plenty of the thrills, spills, SHATTERED "Boats and dreams” that you as spectators and racers alike love..
Heat 1: Though Oxidean has built a new larger boat for this class, with the points where they are, Bill decided to run his smaller boat in the offshore class. The trusty tride and true carbon fiber 26 inch delta force replica from Sweden that he has dominated the class with over the last few seasons. Buzzer sounds off, let’s go! Bill’s boat Rockets out of the starting gate and immediately takes the lead. Lap after lap, this heat was uneventful. Oxidean took the lead from the gate and ran away with it, rendering him a first place finish in heat 1
Heat 2: Billy boy is poised and ready, 3, 2, 1, BOOOONK!! and they’re off! This heat, Bill was called as a jump start. There was an addition of a new boat. A member ordered a replica if Bill’s boat, and Bill was sportsman enough to lend them one of his winning props. Little did he know, that prop would make that team just as fast if not faster than him! Now he’s up against a beast of his own torment. Bill knows he has to make up an extra lap, so he pulls out ALL the stops. Oxidean “Floors it” around the course FULL clamp, and this boat is SIZZLING. Oxidean laps 3 other boats on the course, and was coming in for a first place finish, when the boat he lent the prop to comes wild as a runaway, HITS Oxidean’s boat, flips it, and destroys his chances of taking first place in heat 2. Bill was given 140 points by default.
Heat 3: Bill Oxidean is a bit discouraged now. His score has been Molested by a runaway boat, but the Oxidean team has been to this clam bake before. Now that he has seen most of the fluke dangers this course can manufacture, Bill is racing with strattegy. The runaway boat isn’t much of a threat, because it has no season points. Bill has to focus on beating the #2 boat, and did Just that. Bill as always had speed over the entire pack, but decided to cruise, and minimize risk. Believe it, or not, Bill actually went over to the pits of the “runaway” boat and actually helped them make it not such a runaway (sportsmanship) Clean as a whistle, Bill as usual finishes first.
Heat 4: Now this is the final and determental heat. Only 75 points behind, Bill knows what he’s got to do to win. Disregard the runaway boat, and smoke the other 2 boats on the course. This is where strattegy comes back into play. Buzzer sounds off, Bill jets out right alongside the runaway boat. Turn 1 Bill decides to let the runaway take the lead. Bill wanted to stay a “cozy” distance from this reckless boat that wants badly to ‘tango" with him. Now This is where Ego comes into play, better yet, Humility. We know how Oxidean loves to shine and take the forst place finish in every heat, but knowing that extra risk may blow his score for the day, Bill takes the “humble” route, and cruises JUST fast enough to stay ahead of the #2 boat as the “runaway” boat “show-boats” his way to finish first in the heat. Bill sticks to his plan, and SMOKES the other 2 boats rendering him a FIRST PLACE WINNER OVERALL!!
In Bill’s words: “Indeed ladies and gentlemen, after a 2 race slump, it feels GREAT to have put myself back in the #1 spot on the podium. When you’re racing for points, tactic is key. To finish first, one must first finish. It’s not always the fastest hotdog showboater that wins. Usually its the fastest boat that dosent win. Sportsmanship is key to a healthy race program. I mean, don’t lend an opponent your very best equipment you need to win, but don’t sabbotage anyone with misinformation, or something you know won’t work, if you’re a skilled racer, you have more than 2 speed secrets up your sleeve, plus the true challenge in a spec class is driving skill and strattegy. Again, its not always the fastest boat that wins. I actually had a family reunion to attend after the race, and it felt GREAT to show up with my relatives excited to hear of my victory. While I have your attention, I would like to send shots out to all of the WONDERFUL sponsors who have believed in, and supported me relentlessly for many years now. First and foremost, the people who make my shirts, Venom-rc as well as Atomik-rc. They are my main sponsors. Let’s hear it for Team Novak, Airtronics, Boca Bearings, Kicker Audio, Hot Racing, Cow-Rc, A-Main Hobbies, Progressive-rc, and our newly acquired Pro-Bolt racing for all of my fasteners. I would also like to thank my trusty pit man Chris Whitrig, a Very seasoned and dialed racer who is used to my style, and tells me what needs to be done..
On a side note, this was a debut race for my newest creation. It’s my entry to the P-Limited sport hydro class as well as P unlimited. Her striking color scheme is Oxi-Clean spoofed to say Oxi-Dean.Magnificent running boat intended to dominate the season in points. To see a video of her in action as she makes a "Smooth getaway.”
click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9n3IeG9Gic
Rend Lake RC Club
On Saturday we had over 30 pilots flying for the fun fly and then on Sunday we had 60 pilots registered with over 130 planes.
Thank You for supporting our event this year. It being my first year helping get things organized, it really means a lot to me.