Andrew Tate (U-9 Les Schwab Tired) looked to have his Albert Lee Appliance Cup title defended, crossing the finish line of the final heat in front of Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet hull Sunday in Seattle, but a 1-minute penalty gave the four-time national champ his first cup win of the season.
Tate dislodged a buoy during the milling period for the final heat, which drew the penalty. It was a bad break for the 2016 H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year, who went deck-to-deck with Shane the entire race, then gained a slight edge on the final straightaway of the fifth and final lap. He ended up placing last — seventh — in the final.
Shane won two other heats on the weekend and was the top qualifier on Friday. In the national high point standings, he holds a razor-thin, nine point lead over the HAPO Columbia Cup champ, J. Michael Kelly (U-12 Graham Trucking), who won all three preliminary heats he started in Seattle and took second in the final. Tate finished the weekend 354 points off Shane’s pace in the season standings.