It is no secret that Unlimited Hydroplane Racing has many Damn Smart Fans. That’s even a tag for many of my posts. Anyone who has seen a rooster tail knows what I’m talking about. Smart, but passionate, too.
And there are many of us
Recently, when I shared an excellent image on Facebook (right), I noticed something that looked strange. This looks like “I shared me.”
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Madison Regatta Madison, Indiana July 5-7, 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana.
The Madison Regatta takes place on the north side of the Ohio River, just west of the State Highway 421 bridge. The map to the right is from the 2012 entry on the H1 Unlimited web site. You can click on it for a larger view.
For a different view, you can enjoy an interactive Google map. To do so, just click on this thumbnail to the left. It will take you to More >
“With Blue Angels out and Patriots in, Unlimited Hydroplane Racing has an opportunity to draw attention at Seafair. Is the sport – and the fan base – up to the challenge?”
Agreed, the title is a bit cute. However, it does succinctly capture the essence of what is a very complex topic for us to discuss. There is a lot more to the issue of the change coming to Seafair’s aerial participants than just changing the name on the marquee. There are potentially significant ramifications for the sport of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing.
Opportunities During Times of Change
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“Is the calendar getting too full to properly support international expansion?”
This is a question that has been plaguing me lately, in spite of it being quite some time since there’s been any mention of a China expansion in the news. Even H1 hasn’t posted anything in over a year.
With the latest report of a delay in the fleet returning from Doha – a two week delay – I decided to take a look at how the calendar is filled and where the opportunities and challenges lie.
In Jimmy Buffett’s Diamond as Big as the Ritz, he calls a diamond “coal under pressure.”
It is no secret the Diamond Cup has been under some pressure to perform. In my recent post, I cited the good news announcement about the race being a fully sanctioned event. While this is not good, but GREAT news, it hasn’t come without its challenges.
Coal + Pressure = Diamond Cup
It is rewarding to be a part of a sport that exhibits amazing cooperation. Not just between teams or H1 or race sites, or “you name it.” In this example, it is specifically a longstanding and quite successful festival such as Seattle’s Seafair, openly sharing and helping the up-and-comer that is the Arkansas Crystal Cup.
Regular readers of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing knows the support I have provided to Frantz in his attempt to bring a race to Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas. As a racing fan, if I can help raise visibility through my site, I’m happy to do it.
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It says a lot about a person when they are up to their gunnels trying to establish an Unlimited Hydroplane Race and will still take time to talk with a fan. That’s just what classy Doug Miller did recently. I can’t thank him enough.
Doug is President of the Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup Regatta. He has been working tirelessly for over two years to bring the fastest boats in the world to beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. The H1-sanctioned races will be held along Lakeshore Drive in the Silver Beach area Labor Day Weekend.
First in a Series
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Another great question has come into Unlimited Hydroplane Racing. Our friend Walt is planning to attend Big Wake Weekend in Sacramento May 31 – June 2. He’s not familiar with the general area, so his question is about geography, travel and overall logistics. What a great opportunity to dig deeper!
Another Damn Smart Fan!
It’s important to get every bit of enjoyment out of a race weekend. There is wisdom in knowing when to ask for help if something might be a bit new. Just like the source of the previous post, we have another Damn Smart More >
UnlimitedHydroplaneRacing.com gets many questions about the sport. Some relate to the race schedule, while others are about where to find certain information or race resources. Sometimes they are just so straightforward, simple and to the point, they warrant a response – and a much closer inspection.
Damn Smart Fans Ask Damn Smart Questions
I’ve tagged posts in the past with “Damn Smart Fans” in the past when thoughtful and insightful conversation has taken place. Our friend Jack posed the following question:
“Who is going to sponsor the Unlimiteds for 2013 now that the Air National Guard is out?”
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How the Dream Got Started
Our friend Frantz has commented on the post about F1 boats queued up for the Arkansas Crystal Cup. I decided to raise the level of that comment to a separate post for two very important reasons:
- He is congratulating Doug in Idaho for a “job well done” and,
- He is providing us with a great perspective into how his dream of an Arkansas Race came to be.
It still amazes all of us just how far Frantz has come in his quest to bring a race to Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle.
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