Saturday August 27 11AM will be the Sept. general meeting at Ron Smith Motor sports. This is another special location meeting that would be great to have every one attend. Ron Smith is the local top fuel dragster owner that runs in the NHRA. He is allowing us to come see his shop and dragster and will have Gus Foster and himself to answer any questions that we may have about how and what it takes to run these machines. His shop is at the air field in Kapowsin, it is a hanger on the field. There should be plenty of parking there on the grass. Some of those planning on going might consider meeting up some where and car pooling due to the long drive for some members. I need to have 25 - 30 people confirmed by Aug. 12th. Please let me know via e-mail or contact me at 206-601-9167. Once again we will furnish some snacks and beverages for all those attending. Please put this day on your calendar and make this a fun outing for all, bring a friend, and make this be a special day. Please people respond ASAP!!!
Address for Kapowsin Airfield is: 146th Ave E, Graham, WA 98338
For those contemplating the SA class here are the guidelines:
Rule: 56--Sportsman Advanced (SA) Class
SA (sportsman advance) is open to all hulls Capsule or non capsule (open boats) that meet all the current APBA runabout hull rule (Appendix A ) with a maximum speed of 105 mph (with no tolerances) . The 105 mph maximum speed will be monitored with a GPS unit in each boat. Drivers of SA must be qualified in a other runabout class.
QUALIFIED SA DRIVER REQUIREMENTS
• MUST HAVE RACED AT A MINIMUM SE ( SPORTSMAN ENTRY ) CLASS LEVEL OF 10 HEATS OR 4 RACES. (WHICHEVER COMES FIRST)
• IF STARTING IN THE SA CLASS ( SPORTSMAN ADVANCED), DRIVER MUST BE APPOINTED A MENTOR AT THE DRIVERS MEETING AT ALL RACES TO BECOME A QUALIFIED DRIVER. MENTORS MAY CHANGE FROM RACE TO RACE DEPENDING ON RACERS SCHEDULES. THIS WILL BE FOR A MINIMUM OF 10 HEATS OR MORE IF SAID REFEREE DEEMS NECCESARY. DRIVERS WILL FOLLOW REFEREE'S ROOKIE QUALIFYING RULE PROCEDURES UNTIL SA QUALIFYING is COMPLETED.
• ALL RACERS PREVIOUS TO THIS NEW CLASS THAT HAVE RACED IN SE/SS/PS/&KRR ARE AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFIED TO THE SA CLASS
56.1 General Rules
56.1.1 Maximum speed 105 mph without tolerances
56.1.2 A prop shaft release is mandatory
56.1.3 A GPS unit must be installed (out of the driver reach) before each run on the water (testing or racing). It will be the owners responsible to see that it happens. The GPS will be installed and checked by the inspector of the event or his appointed representative. GPS readings will be included on the summary sheets
56.1.4 Starts maybe clock or flag starts. For flag starts, lanes will drawn.
56.1.5 Because of the maximum speed no competition or straight away records will be attempted.
56.1.6 Minimum weight, including driver and safety equipment will be 1900#.
56.2 Hull Configuration
56.2.1 The hull must conform to the racing runabout hull requirements as specified in the technical manual for inspection of racing runabouts (Appendix A)
56.2.2 All fins shall be mounted between the chines on the underside of the boat.
56.3 Safety Equipment
56.3.1 Besides following all the APBA General Safety rules for helmets and life jackets, it will be required for all open SA Boat drivers to wear a “Head and Neck Restraint” device. This device should not be confused with the current Helmet Restraints (tether and “D” rings) that are required by drivers in other classes.
APBA will make no recommendation on which device to use at this time. This decision lies solely on the driver.
56.3.2 All open boat requires a kill switch.
56.4 Penalties for exceeding 105 mph.
56.4.1 If it is found that a boat has exceeded the 105 mph limit for the first offense a one minute penalty or last place for that heat and a $150.00 fine will be imposed.(that money would go to the race committee of the event) to be paid before they can race again. A second offense would disqualify the boat and owner for the day.
56.4.2 Failure to have a GPS installed before testing or racing at a event the boat will be disqualified for that heat.
For the 2016 racing season no APBA high points will be awarded and the driver will not be eligible for the Hall of Champions.
Attention Safety Alert:
April 27, 2016
Notice of Recall: Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon.
To All Racers, Sanctioning Body Officials, Equipment Wholesalers and Retailers,
Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon have been found to be non-compliant with SFI Specification 16.1. All camlock type Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon must be immediately be removed from service and returned to Ruian Dragon.
This recall includes Driver Restraint Assemblies Manufactured and Certified to SFI Specification 16.1 by Ruian Dragon, and sold under the “TANAKA” brand.
Ruian Dragon Auto Parts Co.,Ltd Buliding 1, No.2 South Development Zone, Economic Development Zone Feiyun Town, Ruian City, Zhejiang, China 011-86-577-66853034 email@example.com/en/
Mike Hurst Technical Manager SFI Foundation, Inc.
The Racers Prayer...
Lord, I pray as I race today keep me safe along my way. Not only me, but the others too, as they perform the jobs they do. I know God, that in every race, I the driver must set the pace. Let me not desire more speed, warp my judgement and turn into greed From green to checkers guide me thru. Give me strength to know what to do. Remind me often in the race of life, how to cope with all the strife. Help me accept the wins I may receive, and all the defeats most graciously. Ride with me, don't allow me to lag. Guide me all the way to the checkered flag.
Welcome to the New Seattle Drag & Ski Sprint Boat Association web site.
Our Club is a very diverse Club. Our membership covers entry level Flat Bottoms (Sportsman Entry) to top level Flats (The "K-Boats" ); the smallest hydroplanes (1 Liters) to the largest & fastest of the hydroplanes (The Unlimiteds); a new and very active group known as the Vintage Racers; and our Safety & Rescue members (without whom the sport of organized boat racing could not happen). Rounding out our membership are folks who simply enjoy boat racing so much they become worker bees on our racing weekends; helping as crew members, race committee staff, and safety and teardown!
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