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Jimmy Shane top qualifier at HomeStreet Bank Cup, the third time this season

SEATTLE (August 2, 2019) — Veteran unlimited hydroplane driver Jimmy Shane, from Maple Valley, Wash. was top qualifier at the first three races this season, and added another pole to his scorecard today at the HomeStreet Bank Cup hydroplane race on the 2-mile Lake Washington course.

Photo credit: Brit Moorer @britmoorer @KING5Seattle

On a gray and cloudy Seattle day, the 33-year-old Shane piloted his U-6 “Miss HomeStreet” hydroplane to a speed of 154.513 mph, nearly two mph shy of the course record he previously set in 2014.

Shane said, “Conditions were not ideal. It looked good for the first couple runs during qualifying but the winds started gusting pretty good.” Shane continued, “Fortunately the boat has such a good balance. I hate the rough water, but the boat stayed level and it just flew over the top of the rough stuff. That’s how we were able to get our top qualifying speed.”

Preliminary heats begin on Saturday, with additional preliminary heats and the HomeStreet Bank Cup winner-take-all-final is on Sunday.

Qualifying Speeds for the HomeStreet Bank Seafair Cup
1) U — 6 “Miss HomeStreet,” Jimmy Shane, 154.513 mph
2) U — 1 “Delta/RealTrac,” Andrew Tate, 149.120 mph
3) U — 12 “Graham Trucking,” J. Michael Kelly, 148.450 mph
4) U — 1918 “Oberto Super Salami”, 147.269 mph
5) U-11 “J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool, “Jamie Nilsen, 147.266 mph
6) U — 99.9 “CARSTARS powers Miss Rock,” 143.646 mph
7) U — 7 “Boitano Homes,” Bert Henderson, 137.200 mph
8) U — 98 “Graham Trucking American Dream,” Corey Peabody,- 135.785 mph.

How to view and listen to the races

Seafair Festival tickets are free on Friday and available to purchase for Saturday and Sunday. See the full Seafair Weekend schedule. This weekend there will be several ways to watch and listen to the hydroplane races. This year, KONG-TV is proud to present live coverage of the H1 Unlimited hydroplane finals and much more on Sunday, August 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Watch all the action on KONG-TV channel 6/16, online atking5.com, or streaming on the brand new KING 5 app.

You can listen on Log Boom Radio, 88.9 FM or tune into H1 Unlimited’s YouTube channel for traditional complementary live coverage Friday through Sunday’s checkered flag.

HomeStreet Bank Cup Schedule Saturday 8/3/19

9:00–9:30 am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing

9:50 — H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing

2:25 — H1 Unlimited Hydroplane preliminary Heat Race 1A

2:40 — H1 Unlimited Hydroplane preliminary Heat Race 1B

Sunday 8/4/19

9:00–10:10 am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing

11:50–12:05 pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane preliminary Heat Race 2A

12:10–12:25 pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane preliminary Heat Race 2B

2:20–2:35 pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane preliminary Heat Race 3A

2:35– 2:50pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane preliminary Heat Race 3B

4:30–4:45 pm HomeStreet Bank Cup winner-take-all final

Awards Ceremony to follow


Few clouds will remain into the evening. We’ll have the chance of some spotty light showers mainly south of #Tacoma (where they are ongoing) and near the mountains. Get ready for a warm-to-HOT #Seafair weekend! See you @KIRO7Seattle 5p #seattle #wawx

Ohio River Festival hits town this weekend

This year’s Ohio River Festival is set for this weekend at Washington’s Riverfront Park in Ravenswood.

Lucy Harbert is the festival president, and has been involved in the event in some fashion for decades.

The event will feature a “super” breakfast, a motorcycle ride, a grand parade, a bocce tournament, a car, truck, and bike show, Zambelli fireworks, and plenty of great entertainment.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and younger.

The Little Kanawha Bus will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Saturday to transport people from Ravenswood Plaza to Riverfront Park.

For three days there will be speed and excitement in the Tønsberg Boat Race.

Aug 2 at 6 PM — Aug 4 at 6 PM UTC+02

Pappas announces Thunder on the Niagara race details

This year’s Thunder on the Niagara boat racing event called the “fastest show on water” by organizers will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, at Gratwick Riverside Park in North Tonawanda.

Ron Baker Sr Regatta

TCPBA is proud to announce that the Ron Baker Sr. Regatta will be making waves on Forest Lake August 3rd and 4th, 2019!
All of the action will be found downtown at Lakeside Memorial Park, where more than 50 powerboats with drivers from across the country and ages ranging from 12–75 years old, will compete in seven different classes of competition!

Race fans can expect to see action-packed powerboat racing in front of Lakeside Memorial Park on a ¾ mile buoy-marked course at speeds of up to 120 mph.

The Annual Ron Baker Senior Memorial Regatta, a national competition organized by the Twin City Power Boat Association and sponsored by local businesses, starts at 1pm Saturday and 12pm on Sunday, rain or shine.

The race is named after late Forest Lake resident Ron Baker, a TCPBA member who worked for several outboard and boat manufacturers and promoted local boat racing dating back to the 1950s.

Admission is Free!


In its 11th year, the award-winning Great Lakes Grand Prix features many of the world’s fastest and most powerful offshore powerboats and new this year is the exciting addition of P1 boats and AquaX jet ski racing. Throughout this exciting free 4-day event, walk through the park and chat with racers, team members and boat owners while getting up close and personal with these mammoth watercraft which will also appear in the boat parade, block party and Taste of Michigan City. All weekend long, enjoy live entertainment, family fun, food, drinks, and Racing!

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