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Saltwater causes a different set of challenges for hydroplane race teams

The San Diego race is the only place on this year's tour that features saltwater and that can cause some different things to worry about.

"It can get insider the turbine and crystallize on the blades," said U-1 driver Dave Villwock.  "The temp goes up and can cause the engine to stall or fail."

What's the trick?  "Try to stay out front," Villwock said, to avoid getting caught in the spray from other boats; "Try as hard as you can to find clean air."

Still, Villwock says even if you are out front, there can often be a haze in the air depending on which way the wind is blowing.  "Most teams have worked on systems and processes to try and be competitive in that kind of environment."

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