Top Boats Win Opening Heats at Columbia Cup
To no one's surprise, the top qualifiers at the Columbia Cup win all of the first heats at this year's event Saturday.
In heat 1A, top qualifier Dave Villwock, the defending Columbia Cup and national champ, ran away and hid in his U-1 Spirit of Qatar, easily outdistancing the field. Villowck is looking to stay pefect on the season after winning the races in Madison and Detroit. Two boats in that heat, Mark Evans in the U-57 Formula Boats.com and Scott Liddycoat in the U-88 Degree Men lost propellers and did not finish.
Heat 1B saw the man who has finished second in the year's first two races and was the second fastest qualifier yesterday, Steve David in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, run away and hide in much the same way that Villwock had in his heat. J. Michael Kelly in the U-37 Beacon Plumbing finished seond.
Heat 1C was the most competitive of the day, however, in the end, Jimmy Shane in the U-5 Graham Trucking was able to pull away from Brian Perkins and the U-21 Miss Hapo to win by over a rooster tail. Nate Bown, subbing for his injured newphew Kip, who suffered a broken tibia during qualifying yesterday, finished third 9in the U-17 Red Dot.
Heats resume at 10:45 AM tomorrow with the Columbia Cup final scheduled for 4:00 PM