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The not so Roving Mic, The control Tower Mic (Dan)

Sam Blight - Saturday, April 28, 2012

Well, I got a little excited when asked do an update for the roving mic section in lieu of Chris Kent who normally would provide this article. But as it turns out, I’m writing about a total of three boats that each had 1 turn before the event was cancelled. (Bugger)

We started late, delayed by the weather that was hanging around and at about 4:15PM we kicked off with the first boat out on the water, but that was short lived and the Mud Rats were put into action to push the boat off the tyres and back into the water.

We officially recorded one time! The Third boat out was Chappo and very scary, on the way to the finish line they ended up parking on some tyres, and not finishing the run, after they got the boat back into the water the team got back in the boat and headed to the pits.

As they entered the spin out pool the boat lost power, straight lined and headed for the back wall of the spinout pool where a bunch of competitors were standing watching. The boat promptly flipped and luckily missed the onlookers.

The driver and navigator were checked out by the ambulance crew. The ambulance driver asked Chappo if he was in any pain, to which he promptly replied “yeah I have sore ankles and a sore throat.” The ambulance officer looked perplexed “A sore throat?” he asked. “Yeah a sore throat, but I can fix that by heading to the esky in my car!”

As we have all seen in the past when a boat has loss of power the driver is nothing more than a passenger in an un-steerable boat, as the jet unit which provides the steering and propulsion no longer has the drive from the motor.

After this accident, the rain and radar looked nasty, after a quick meeting it was decided to cancel the event.

So there you go, my first quick “Roving Mic”

Thank you to the Mud Rats, Timing tower people, Pit controller, and the various other people, I’m sure I have forgotten to mention!

The not so roving mic. (Dan the Commentator
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