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    Default Its that time again.....

    for those of you curious the 09 World Marathon started yesterday in NZ. I gather due to the economy there werent as many north american representatives this time but we both still have some boats flying our respective colours.

    7 time world champ Spencer King (Canada) is there but aparently the mighty Kasse 600" had some sort of issue before the race began and they entered using the backup motor in A class. Not too many details on whats happened there yet

    Ryan Ringer (USA)from Oregon has shown up with Tim Harding's Burning Desire turbine boat and was 2 seconds out of first after day 1. A tv interveiw was one of the first times Id heard a firm claimed speed stated at 209 kph (~130 mph)

    Dale Whiteside, owner of Eagle, is racing a boat he left there after the last NZ worlds 4 years ago in FX class

    Thats it for north america unfortunatly but should be interesting to see how this race pans out. Spencer is definitely not to be counted out even running A class as he once blew away the competition at this extremely challenging race winning by over 14 minutes. Mark Cromie is back of course with his techno marvel twin turbo, intercooled EFI monster which aparently wasnt having too much trouble keeping up with the T-58 powered boat, which I almost find hard to believe lol

    Lots of racing ahead in the next week so tune in if your curious.....

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    GO SPENCER(FORD) GO!
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    Just heard from NZ via email, Cromie's engine quit at 187 kph (116 mph) and the boat was heavily damaged after going about 150' up the bank

    The turbine boat had a flameout and did not finish the day. (if you miss one leg you are out of the overall title)

    Spencer had some bad spins and is well down the feild but still in it.

    Thats a pretty dramatic day two! Usually guys hold back a bit this early

    May have an altogether new world champ this year........
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    More details surfacing now, Spencer IS entered in U class, guess they made a mistake on the official entry sheet (logically he'd have to be in U to use his main 600" engine as a "backup", if he had to) He's running in 3rd within ten mins of the lead. Plenty of racing to go yet and I wouldnt want to be the guy trying to stay ahead of him lol

    The turbine boat aparently had a waterline leak running to the Casale reduction gearbox and water sloshed inside the hull and aparently swamped the engine thru the exhaust. Its being described as a fluke and very weird incident and it sure sounds it. Thats one of few ways to wreck a turbine tho lol Guess there will be a taller stack on that boat soon

    Another boat flipped but everyone was ok, no real details on that. Rumours of a boat running over another after the completion of a leg have yet to be confirmed.

    They call the only boat with tandem seating the "Ho Mo" boat
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    nice pics and vids there buddy cant wait will be in riggins idaho in april to watch them on the salmon river
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    Lack of sun has gotten to yalls head!! that white water stuff is freakin SIIICK!!! would kill for a ride.

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    Was a day off then racing again yesterday with the finals tomorrow (or today their time lol) Spencer had been slowely reeling in the NZ champ boat of James Murdoch but they had horredous weather yesterday and its likely James local experience paid off as he widened the gap again to about 10 mins. Spencer said it was the worst conditions hes ever raced in.

    If that was the only story you'd assume the fat lady was warming up buuuuuttt.........

    Rumor had it James's 460 didnt sound right at the end of the day and was out of the boat overnight an "investigation". No details yet on what if anything was wrong and if it made it back into the boat etc (btw there is a 15 min penalty for changing engines)

    Should be an interesting final day with the 7 time champ puttin pressure on the leader who may or may not have a hurting engine.

    These races are never over till they are over hahaha
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    Thanks for posting. Always enjoy 'em!
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    Well the bigger girls sang her bit haha

    James motor stayed together and hes now not only NZ champ but 09 world champ. Someone down there said his motor was a SB so ill have to get more details on that, must be a heck of a small block to be running with the boys in Unlimited!
    Spencers motor was actually the one to develope issues on the last day and they babied the boat into second place.
    Dale from Outlaw/Eagle finished 9th overall and 3rd in B class running just a little zz4 powered boat.

    Looks like a great race with some unexpected stuf happening early on. Lookin forward to the dvd and more great pics.

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