The final set of Saturday’s heat races have wrapped, as has Day 2 of the Water Follies and the Columbia Cup.
J. Michael Kelly in the U-12 won Heat 2A, while Jimmy Shane in the U-1 held off Andrew Tate in the U-9 by half a length in Heat 2B.
Shane and Tate have been running best over the first two days of the event.
Tate was a little bit fast in milling, had to surrender Lane 1 to Shane and that was the difference in the race. U-1 wins 2B by half a tail pic.twitter.com/EYK7eLij0l— Dustin Brennan (@Tweet_By_Dustin) July 30, 2017
Looks like race organizers are discussing Sunday’s schedule, which currently has Heat 3A starting at 10:20 a.m., a fourth set of heat races starting at 2:10 and then the Columbia Cup main event at 4 p.m.
So here’s how things are stacking up heading into Saturday’s second set of heat races.
Leaderboard as we head to Heat 2A and 2B. U-9 Andrew Tate at the top with 500 pts, U1 Jimmy Shane with 480. They'll meet in 2B pic.twitter.com/yWEwKLI71I— Dustin Brennan (@Tweet_By_Dustin) July 29, 2017
Looks like that spin in Heat 1A was more than just a bump in the road for Brian Perkins and the U-21 crew.
It's official, Brian Perkins U-21 Payne West Insurance out for the weekend, damage to most major systems and Perkins has a wrap on left knee— Dustin Brennan (@Tweet_By_Dustin) July 29, 2017
Heat 1A was delayed but still delivered on the racing action.
Here’s Herald writer Dustin Brennan’s recap:
Brian Perkins in the U-21 was pushing Jimmy Shane U-1 from Lane 2 for a lap and a half, but lost steering and his rudder in Lap 2 Turn 3, causing him to skip sideways but remain upright.
J. Michael Kelly in the U-12 had to turn right — never good when everyone else turns left — to avoid a wreck with him, causing him to lose all momentum. But with Perkins upright and far enough to the outside, race officials kept the race going and Shane cruised to a 1st place finish, with Kelly about a half lap down.
Here’s Herald writer Dustin Brennan’s recap of Heat 1B:
U-11 Tom Thompson nailed the start, got inside positioning and the lead at the beginning, U-9 Andrew Tate was second in Lane 2.
Ran deck-to-deck first lap, Thompson lost speed in that nasty Turn 1 on Lap 2, and by the time they came out of Lap 2, Tate had a half rooster tail lead.
Tate — top qualifier yesterday — went on to win heat by two rooster tails with Thompson in tow.
Heat 1A up next, will feature Jimmy Shane vs. J. Michael Kelly.
The first heat race signals the start of competitive racing at the Columbia Cup on the Columbia River.
No surprise that Andrew Tate and the U-9 boat, Friday’s top qualifier, took the flag with room to spare in Heat 1B.
Day 2 of the Water Follies is underway, which really means Day 1 of action out on the water.
Looks like the first heat — Heat 1A —has been put on hold by a stalled motor.
The big unlimited boats won’t just be running against the clock Saturday, but against each other in a series of heat races, building up to Sunday’s big Columbia Cup finale.
The first set of unlimited heat races starts at 2:30 p.m., with the the second set at 4:20. Throughout the day, the Grand Prix and 5 Liter boats will be racing and qualifying.
Check back for updates.