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.