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HTVboats
01-23-2019, 07:15 PM
The Brandon Model Boat club is hosting the event as they are a central location for the FE Clubs in FL who will run the event. Wave Blasters, Sarasota and Lee County. The normal 5 D-3 classes will be offered plus P limited OB Tunnel and a P-Q OB tunnel class that will run a Lemans beach start. Finally we offer an open FE or run what ya brung class. (10 cell limit). 4 rounds of heat racing on Sunday with open water and grudge racing Saturday afternoon. Awards will be certificates. Also a drivers raffle for prizes, one ticket per boat. Seaducer Boats is the first sponsor and we are open to donations. Check out RCRacingevents for entry details.
https://www.rcracingevents.com/cgi-bin/rcrev.pl

We hope this will grow and be an annual event. Thanks again for the Brandon Club for allowing us the use of equipment and one of the best race sites in Florida.
Mic

RayR
01-23-2019, 07:46 PM
Where is that “Like” button!

RayR
01-24-2019, 04:09 AM
Flyer Attachment

HTVboats
01-25-2019, 08:43 AM
Wow 2 days since posting the race and we have 7 drivers. I know of several more local and others competing at the Orlando race that will be signing up. We hope this inaugural stand alone FE event will show District 3 that FE is part of the future of model boat racing. I know Ken and the Wave Blasters have carried the banner for years with much resistance. We have an opportunity to showcase our cause at a race site with long term history in Florida. So if you can make it please join in and help out as your welcome, beginner or veteran.
Mic

HTVboats
01-28-2019, 06:31 PM
We are up to 13 drivers and 37 boats. Many yet to enter.
Important consideration here is each boat entered will get a raffle ticket. Rather than ask for class sponsors we want to keep awards minimal and give drivers a chance at prizes. Brandon will retain the entry fees for use of their site and equipment so the local FE clubs will be helping put this race on. We will have a prize table and the 1st ticket drawn gets choice of a prize. 2nd and a so on down till all are gone. Starting an event with no history it's hard to get donations. That said Seducer Boats has donated a hull and Roaring Top has donated a pair of batteries. Any donations are welcome. We had to wait on other district clubs to coordinate events before we could officially post this race so time is short but we are hoping FE vendors will see value in supporting this race.
Mic

JJM591
01-28-2019, 08:07 PM
This is going to be a great race! It will be fun, friendly and competitive. Don't worry if this is your first race, we will be on hand to guide you through. It is easy and one race you really won't want to miss. Sponsors are getting lined up and entries keep coming in. Shirts will be available at the race. If you want one please email me at jeffmaturo@comcast.net and let me know your size

Bp9145
01-29-2019, 02:53 AM
do you have to be a member and if so who do I contact? I have a couple more guys that I'm sure they will surely love to get their feet wet in racing. However, with no experience or knowing the rules and guidelines is there anyone we can contact to get further information?. . .thanks and very much looking forward to this event

HTVboats
01-29-2019, 07:17 AM
This race is NAMBA sanctioned and requires NAMBA membership to participate.
http://namba.com/content/default.asp
Look at resources on the NAMBA website and it has instructions for membership. Also there is a link to the rule book which would be a good read for new or experienced.
We will have open water on Saturday and if possible it would be an advantage for any new comers to run on the course. We would gladly hold practice heats with a clock start for anyone.
Mic

zooma
01-29-2019, 09:47 AM
Mic, I am signed up, but will have to recruit callers from the other attendees.

HTVboats
01-29-2019, 03:47 PM
Not to worry, we have some experienced racers that will pitch in for anyone that needs a pit person. Just speak up at the drivers meeting so we don't have to hunt someone down between heats.

Bp9145
01-30-2019, 02:20 PM
This race is NAMBA sanctioned and requires NAMBA membership to participate.
http://namba.com/content/default.asp
Look at resources on the NAMBA website and it has instructions for membership. Also there is a link to the rule book which would be a good read for new or experienced.
We will have open water on Saturday and if possible it would be an advantage for any new comers to run on the course. We would gladly hold practice heats with a clock start for anyone.
Mic

Great, thank you Mic . .now all I have to do is hope I can get those days off.

Ken Haines
01-31-2019, 10:46 AM
19 Racers / 49 Boats and counting !!!
Here are the latest race entries….starting to look like very good attendance 

Mic is taking mail in entries too so if you are definitely planning to attend
sign up soon….Don’t be left out of what looks to be a great race !!
https://www.rcracingevents.com/cgi-bin/rcrev.pl



Open FE
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01, Haines, Ken
02, Halbrehder, Jay

P-Cat Mono
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01, Castano, Fede
02, Farkas, Ronald
03, Haines, Ken
04, Halbrehder, Jay
05, Stancombe, Micheal
06, Templeman, Richard
07, Thomas, David a
08, Wollard, Donald

P-Hydro
_________________________________
01, Haines, Ken
02, Halbrehder, Mic
03, Rankl, Raymond

P-Limited Cat
______________________________________
01, Castano, Fede
02, Connelly, Jeff
03, Connelly, Tyler
04, Haines, Ken
05, Halbrehder, Max
06, Halbrehder, Mic
07, Junker, Shawn
08, Maturo, Jeff
09, Stancombe, Micheal
10, Templeman, Richard
11, Thomas, David a
12, Turk, John
13, Wollard, Donald

P-Limited Mono
____________________________________
01, Betances, Nathan
02, Castano, Fede
03, Farkas, Ronald
04, Haines, Ken
05, Halbrehder, Max
06, Halbrehder, Mic
07, Lathrop, Isaac
08, Maturo, Jeff
09, Rankl, Raymond
10, Stancombe, Micheal
11, Turk, John
12, Wollard, Donald

P-Limited Tunnel
_________________________________
01, Culhane, Michael
02, Halbrehder, Max
03, Maturo, Jeff

P-Q Tunnel
_____________________________
01, Halbrehder, Jay
02, Maturo, Jeff

Q-Cat Mono
_____________________________________
01, Farkas, Ronald
02, Haines, Ken
03, Halbrehder, Jay
04, Rankl, Raymond
05, Templeman, Richard
06, Thomas, David a

JJM591
02-01-2019, 10:43 AM
More sponsors being added!

JJM591
02-02-2019, 06:54 PM
Our new shirts!

RayR
02-02-2019, 07:33 PM
Way cool!

Ken Haines
02-04-2019, 10:33 AM
23 Racers / 56 Boats and counting !!!
This is the latest race entry total….starting to look like very good attendance 

As a reminder
Mic is taking mail in entries too so if you are definitely planning to attend
sign up soon….Don’t be left out of what looks to be a great race !!

https://www.rcracingevents.com/cgi-bin/rcrev.pl
:bounce:

JJM591
02-04-2019, 01:58 PM
https://www.facebook.com/1st-Annual-Florida-FE-Championship-2133094006753082/?modal=admin_todo_tour

If you want to follow us on Facebook, it is updated several times a day.

HTVboats
02-05-2019, 03:56 PM
Thanks to Joe Petro and ZIPPKITS the latest sponsor to come on board. Racers support these sponsors as they give a lot to our sport
http://www.zippkits.com/

JJM591
02-05-2019, 08:08 PM
This is a list of our sponsors as of today. Please go out of your way to support these companies and people that have supported US.


Seaducer RC Boats
ProMarine RC
Rock Star Energy
Zipp Kitts
RC Boating Today
Roaring Top USA
Technology Hobbies

Ken Haines
02-06-2019, 12:40 PM
29 Racers / 68 Boats and counting !!!

This is the latest race entry total….definetely has turned into a very good sized Florida FE race.

As a reminder
Mic is taking mail in entries too so if you are definitely planning to attend
sign up soon….Don’t be left out of what looks to be a great race !!

https://www.rcracingevents.com/cgi-bin/rcrev.pl

HTVboats
02-06-2019, 03:05 PM
I opened up the limit on entries for spec classes to 24 so 6 left in each. That will be the cutoff as we now won't be able to take a leisurely pace. I do not want to cut to 3 heats either so be ready to race and we will get the 4th round in. 6 boats in a heat so limited has 6 heats and counting. Turning in to a very competitive field.
Mic

JJM591
02-07-2019, 01:05 PM
Very please to announce the addition of Offshore Electrics as a sponsor! Welcome and thank you!

JJM591
02-12-2019, 09:35 PM
Ok here are the shirts I have left.....once they are gone, they are GONE.



2 XL

2 XXL

4 Large



Printed on front pocket and back........

$15

zooma
02-13-2019, 09:48 AM
I'll take an XL.

JestDanny
02-22-2019, 05:15 PM
All the more reason to hurry up an move(retire) back home to Fla. I got 3 P-limited OB Tunnels an need a place to race um. I was just down visiting family in Ft Laud, an Naples first of Feb., better vacation planning next year, lol.

IGGY_357
02-22-2019, 09:33 PM
If a 2 XXL is still available, I'd like one.

JJM591
02-24-2019, 11:29 AM
All the more reason to hurry up an move(retire) back home to Fla. I got 3 P-limited OB Tunnels an need a place to race um. I was just down visiting family in Ft Laud, an Naples first of Feb., better vacation planning next year, lol.


We look forward to racing with you next year!

JJM591
02-24-2019, 11:30 AM
If a 2 XXL is still available, I'd like one.

Yes should not be a problem

HTVboats
02-25-2019, 09:04 PM
IMPORTANT Race info. Race entries need to be in by Friday March 1st. You can still pay with Pay/Pal by re-entering on RCRacingevents, and use the PP option. Then contact me at htv1414@aol.com with FE Race in the header and I will contact Bill Britton to cancel the duplicate entry.
Also if your plans have changed and you cannot make the race please let me know so we can cancel you out before we set up the final heats for the event this weekend.
Mic

HTVboats
02-28-2019, 07:33 PM
Good News - bad news
The count is up over 90 boats and that adds up to 17 heats in a round. 3 rounds = 51 heats. A 4th round has to be limited to the top 6 in each class which makes 58 heats total. Not a shootout as points earned will be retained. We have 10 hours and need to run 6 heats an hour. 5 minute clock, 2 minute racing and retrieve time. do the math.
Be ready for your heat as we need to keep a steady pace. Speak up if you need a minute or running back to back. Also daylight savings time starts that day so an 8 am drivers meeting is early,be there with time to spare for signing in and getting heat schedules.
Mic

RayR
03-10-2019, 07:19 PM
A huge Thank You to the organizers, sponsors and racers who attended this event. Great fun, great racing.

Hopefully we will repeat this next year!

Sincerely,

The members of West Florida Model Boat Club

T.S.Davis
03-11-2019, 08:49 AM
Saw come video from this on FB. Looked like a killer site.

HTVboats
03-11-2019, 11:58 AM
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Posting results are important and I want to do it properly. Pictures worth a thousand words. Downloading some bad photography (my fault) well (check your zipper) and opening my car and trailer to unpack I have a days work ahead. If anyone has a P limited mono awards photo please post or send as that one I don't have.
Mic
I will get all the pics and results soon,

Bp9145
03-11-2019, 02:55 PM
Saw come video from this on FB. Looked like a killer site.

Yes killer site with a monster alligator who showed up during the raffle drawings. This gator was estimated to be at least 12ft long...it was a monster. I have some small ones in my pond in my backyard and I’m not afraid to go in as I like the feel of being in the cool water, it if this one was in it I wouldn’t even think about getting in or just being at the edge. But, the races were awesome. I’m trying to find the video of Luis’s, of OSE, boat submarine a couple of times. Once right in front of the stands and it was under for a good 5-8 seconds before it popped up. . . some good races to watch

HTVboats
03-11-2019, 04:44 PM
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These are the heat sheets at the end of the day. The 4th round was scored only for the top 6 boats after round 3.
Mic

HTVboats
03-11-2019, 04:47 PM
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The rest of the story

Ken Haines
03-11-2019, 09:59 PM
Mic Halbrehder and Jeff Maturo put on an incredible show for what appears to a new annual Florida event.

Pictures from:
-P-Ltd
-P-Ltd Cat
-P-Mono / Cat
-Q-Mono / Cat
-P-Hydro

HTVboats
03-12-2019, 05:37 AM
Podium for the P/Ltd Tunnels who ran a Lemans beach start
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1st place Jeff Maturo 1000 points
2nd place Jeff Westbrook 850 points
3rd place Pete Forcier 775 points
(note Jeff Maturo locked it up in 3 and didn't run the final) (he was busy running the event)

HTVboats
03-12-2019, 05:46 AM
P Cat-Mono (combined)

1st Jerry Crowther 1600 points
2nd Ken Haines 1225 points
3rd Ronald Farkas 1125 points

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(note 1st place in center red ribbon 2nd Blue ribbon 3rd white ribbon)

HTVboats
03-12-2019, 05:52 AM
Open FE no photo
!st Ken Haines 800
2nd Jay Halbrehder 25
(Ken won the 1st heat and Jay DQ'd in the second , neither wanted to further damage equipment)

HTVboats
03-12-2019, 05:59 AM
Q Cat-Mono (combined)
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!st Ken Haines 1069 points
2nd Richard Templeman 1025 points
3rd Luis Oquendo 850 points

HTVboats
03-12-2019, 06:04 AM
P/Ltd Catamaran

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1st - Ken Haines 1500 points
2nd Jay Halbrehder 1125 points
3rd John Turk 1025 points

HTVboats
03-12-2019, 06:20 AM
P/lmtd Mono
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1st Geoff Bishop 1400 points
2nd Ken Haines 1175 points
3rd Isaac Lathrop 925 points

HTVboats
03-12-2019, 06:24 AM
P - Hydro
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1st Ken Haines 1600 points
2nd Ray Ranki 1225 points
3rd Luis Oquendo 694 points

zooma
03-12-2019, 07:53 AM
Thanks, Mic. You did a great job. I had a great time.

Ron

Ken Haines
03-12-2019, 07:06 PM
Once again my son Fede and I would like to thank Mic, Jeff, and Linda for such
a great job hosting and putting on this event. The racing, pace, and camaraderie
were terrific. We met a bunch of new racers and many old friends. Support from a
widespread list of sponsors was terrific to hear as well. Many interesting conversations
for continued Fast Electric growth and future racing here in the District and in Florida
were exciting to talk about. Hopefully this is an annual staple event for many future years.
In total Fede and I ran a total of 31 heats....we were sure exhausted by the end of that
Sunday, my apologies if I had some moments where there just was no time to chat with
people.....I know there was an hour or 2 that some equipment problems and the racing
frenzy itself made it almost impossible for me to do anything else but wrench and race.

Before I forget......One of the highlights of my weekend was to Congratulate Geoff Bishop
for winning the P-Ltd Mono class. Geoff is one of our Wave Blasters club members. I had
to persuade Geoff to attend knowing I needed his experienced Pit-man help. The amazing
part is that Geoff entered his "revolt" and old club race boat that we all thought was obsolete.
With his steady consistent driving he carved up the field and ended up on top.
Very, Very impressive feat......Congrats Geoff !!

Attached are some pictures of Geoff after he humbled me :bounce:

JJM591
03-13-2019, 07:59 PM
Ken you did an amazing job running that many classes! It was fun and we are looking forward to next year! Congrats!

ecorderofl
03-14-2019, 10:09 AM
I was there as a spectator this year and it was fun! I will be racing next year for sure! Congrats!


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IGGY_357
03-14-2019, 10:58 PM
Thanks for the work and sacrifice! You guys put on an awesome event. Looking forward to the next one.

What is the on line RC boating magazine site that was being promoted?

RayR
03-15-2019, 05:17 AM
Thanks for the work and sacrifice! You guys put on an awesome event. Looking forward to the next one.

What is the on line RC boating magazine site that was being promoted?

https://vimeo.com/297370349

Ken Haines
03-15-2019, 08:37 AM
Wow....found out something new today.
Ray posted a video link that appears unsuported here,
so I copied and pasted the link from the main What's New ? page.

-Type: https://
-Then: vimeo.com
-Then: /297370349

When it open up I saw Jeff Maturo's
"RC BOATING TODAY" site on Vimeo

Very cool and very well done on every video
that I had time to view this morning.
Guys, sites like these are what can really fuel
our hobby!
Great work Jeff and Thx for all the diligent work :bounce:

Everyone should really take a look for yourself