62nd annual Thanksgiving Regatta
by , 12-01-2008 at 02:23 PM (19083 Views)
What better way to top off Thanksgiving weekend than by heading to the races? Friday and Saturday the Southern California Speed Boat Club held their 62nd annual Thanksgiving Regatta in Parker AZ. The Blue Water Resort and Casino hosted the event on their beach which is perfect venue for racing.
Beach Pits and spectators lined the course on the Arizona side of the river.
There was nonstop action in the pits with all the race teams prepping their boats and repairing the damage caused by several crashes throughout the day. Fortunately there were only bumps and bruises mostly to their egos and bank accounts.
The more people who get in the water the easier they are to start? Looks weird pull starting a race boat but these little boats scream.
I just thought this looked cool.
One of the SST 45 boats being towed in after a crash. (We heard that this was a new boat.)
Spun out and flipped in the turn.
Rescue boat takes driver to ambulance with minor injuries.
Something about the exit of this turn seems to eat up the boats.
Two of the SST 45 boats tangle up exiting the turn.
#44 took the brunt of the hit with significant damage. One of the guys from the team took a header in the water after nearly being run over by the boat as it flew on the trailer.
Cracker Box 44-P suffered significant damage after a solo flip entering the turn. Luckily both Driver and rider walked away from this crash.
Two SST 45’s running hard down the front straightaway.
Intense GN racing action:
Cracker Box P-100:
Note to self, plug your ears when standing behind 6 GN boats when they all fire up and romp on it at the start of their race, had to be one of the loudest things I’ve ever heard but pretty cool at the same time.
Lunchtime entertainment: a Skiing Santa!
I kind of hate to admit it, but the stand-up “Lake Lice” PWC class put on a great show.
Airing it out down the front straightaway...
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