Seattle 2007: U-9 Tri-Arc Electric Unlimited Hydroplane flips nearly 360 degrees - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

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U-9 Tri-Arc Electric goes airborne during Heat 1B at Seafair.

Driver Chris Bertram got caught in the roostertail and wash from other boats trailing into turn one. Chris is OK.


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Seattle 2007: U-9 Tri-Arc Electric Unlimited Hydroplane flips nearly 360 degrees

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Heat 1B at Seattle would not turn out the way the U-9 Jones Racing team had hoped.

Three boats going through a turn can make for extremely choppy water if you're just a bit behind them.  That's what happened to U-9 Tri-Arc Electric going into turn one.  Driver Chris Bertram got caught in the roosterail and choppy water and blew over.

The U-9 boat flew nearly 360 degrees and crashed down on the tail.  To those who watched, it seemed to almost happen in slow motion.

Chris Bertram told the News Tribune: "You're upside-down. You can see a little bit of light from the sun, and the cabin fills up (with water) really quick," Chris Bertram said. "Initially, you're a little excited. Then you calm yourself down and breathe."

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