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#1 Al Hobbs

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:00 PM

I have just finished packing my boats, engines, radios and gear for the IMBRA World Championships in France.  Team Canada and Team USA will be well represented.

 

Doug Sick and Kevin Traboulay will represent Canada in 3 different classes.  Steve Ball, Buckshot Shackleford, Doug Twaits Jr.,  and myself will represent the USA in 4 different classes.

 

This is a huge event with teams from up to 30 countries competing.  The heats are large with 8 Hydros per heat and up to 13 Vee hulls in their heats.  All boats must not exceed 80db with the db meter at the waters edge.   So the tuned pipes we typically use here in North America will not be allowed.  The courses are tight compared to our courses and with 8 15cc Hydros in the same heat, the racing is close.

 

Preliminary qualification racing involves 4 heat races, with the top 8 finishers competing in the Finals.  The Finals are another series of 4 races to determine the places.

 

As  you know, some of the European racers have competed in the USA and placed very highly, including a 2017 IMPBA Internats Championship.  In the past, USA team members have taken Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.  Team Canada took a bronze in 2016 when the race was in Holland.

 

We'll be back home in plenty of time for the Southern Masters in Huntsville and the NAMBA Nats in Dallas.

 

 





#2 mtruex

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:31 PM

Good luck guys!!!



#3 raptor347

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:17 PM

Have fun guys and good luck. The '98 F5D worlds is still one of my best memories in the hobby. 



#4 Ray Sametz

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 05:22 AM

I have just finished packing my boats, engines, radios and gear for the IMBRA World Championships in France.  Team Canada and Team USA will be well represented.

 

Doug Sick and Kevin Traboulay will represent Canada in 3 different classes.  Steve Ball, Buckshot Shackleford, Doug Twaits Jr.,  and myself will represent the USA in 4 different classes.

 

This is a huge event with teams from up to 30 countries competing.  The heats are large with 8 Hydros per heat and up to 13 Vee hulls in their heats.  All boats must not exceed 80db with the db meter at the waters edge.   So the tuned pipes we typically use here in North America will not be allowed.  The courses are tight compared to our courses and with 8 15cc Hydros in the same heat, the racing is close.

 

Preliminary qualification racing involves 4 heat races, with the top 8 finishers competing in the Finals.  The Finals are another series of 4 races to determine the places.

 

As  you know, some of the European racers have competed in the USA and placed very highly, including a 2017 IMPBA Internats Championship.  In the past, USA team members have taken Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.  Team Canada took a bronze in 2016 when the race was in Holland.

 

We'll be back home in plenty of time for the Southern Masters in Huntsville and the NAMBA Nats in Dallas.

 

 

0 DNF's = Medals. \m/. France will never be the same when that crew hits town. :D Best of luck men. B)



#5 Buoyhunter

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 05:54 AM

Have safe travels! Go have fun and represent us well. Race hard and bring back hardware!



#6 Mike Hughes

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:29 AM

Just remember the two rules. Sit more and finish heats and you guys will have an awesome trip. Go get em boys and good luck.

Mike


Edited by Mike Hughes, 09 July 2018 - 03:35 PM.


#7 Terry Keeley

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:48 AM

Go get 'em boys!

 

I couldn't think of a better crew to represent us at the Worlds!  :)



#8 El Zorro

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:12 AM

   Best of luck at the races! Have a fun and safe trip, guys.

 

 

                               Dick Tyndall



#9 Jeffmaturo

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 08:59 AM

Sounds like a great time! Good luck! 



#10 Andy Brown

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:30 AM

Have a great race Team Canada and Team USA!

 

P.S. 0 DNFs will get you into the Finals. Takes more than that to get Metal at the World champs!



#11 eagletwin90

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 10:46 AM

Safe travels and Good luck.😃

#12 brad nichols

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 02:37 PM

Good luck guy's!!! I am sure you will have a great time and meet some new friends and visit some old ones too ( not saying your old Al,  Doug  lol ) Say Hi to Christophe for me as he said he would find you. He said he was going to post photos of the event.

 

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#13 Matt Schofield

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 03:56 PM

Good luck and have fun! Safe travels guys.

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#14 ALLAN YUEN

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 06:29 PM

Good luck and good smell foods and wine

#15 dave roach

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 09:29 PM

Good luck team US and Team Canada.