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Villwock Declared Winner at Madison Regatta

MADISON, Indiana - An out-of-control car raced through the crowd hitting people and flew into the river forcing race officials to cancel the finals.  Eleven people were injured - several seriously.  Earlier, Six boats were damaged on the river, including the U-6 which hit something in the water and nearly hit a patrol boat. 

River levels had dropped overnight and the amount of debris on the Ohio River was down.  Race officials cleared the way for racing action.  60% of the racing fleet suffered damage during the day, a small fire broke out on the U-3, and the incident with the car sent race fans home without the 3A, 3B, or final races being run.

A rough start for a few boats Sunday morning: the U-10 lost power while on the river, the U-21 had some problem with the gearshaft and needs repair, the U-100 is also experiencing mechanical problems, and Jimmy King had to stop down in Heat 1-B when a small fire broke out aboard the U-3.

In Heat 2-B at the Madison Regatta, Steve David's u-6 Oh Boy! Oberto did a complete 360-degree revolution and just missed a patrol flag boat in the water.   David was OK, but the boat was done for the weekend.

Heat 3-A and 3-B were canceled due to the river conditions and damaghe to boats.  The finals were canceled because of the car accident and injuries.

Results

Heat 1-A
1.  Dave Villwock, U-1 Miss Elam
2.  Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto
3.  Mike Weber, U-5 FormulaBoats.com

Heat 1-B
1.  Mike Allen, U-7 FormulaBoats.com II
2.  Ken Muscatel, U-2.25 Superior Racing
3.  Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Seattle (one lap penalty)
DNF Jimmy King, U-3 Master Tire (fire on board)

Heat 2-A
1.  Mike Weber, U-5 FormulaBoats.com
2.  Mike Allen, U-7 FormulaBoats.com II
3.  Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Seattle (one lap penalty - hit buoy)

Heat 2-B
1.  Dave Villwock, U-1 Miss Elam
2.  Jimmy King, U-3 Master Tire
DNF Ken Muscatel, U-2.25 Superior Racing

Heat 3-A & Heat 3-B Canceled

Finals:
The finals were canceled when a car flew through the crowd, striking people, and running into the Ohio River.  Dave Villwock was declared the winner of this year's Madison Regatta.

The finals field would have been:
Dave Villwock, U-1 Miss Elam
Mike Allen, U-7 FormulaBoats.com II
Mike Weber, U-5 FormulaBoats.com
Ken Muscatel, U-2.25 Superior Racing
U-37 Miss Seattle & U-3 Master Tire unable to start

Point leaders through Heat 2-B:
Dave Villwock, U-1 Miss Elam   800 points
Mike Allen, U-7 FormulaBoats.com II   700 points
Mike Weber, U-5 FormulaBoats.com   625 points

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