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MADISON 2008: U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair suffers extensive damage

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MADISON, Ind. - "We came here to race, not to sit," said Ken Muscatel, U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair on WORX radio. But it wasn't in the cards.

Muscatel said the boat was floating pretty well and they had picked up speed at Evansville. "About 8 mph from last year, so we know we did something right." So the team had reason to be optimistic.

"We had a really big bust up in Evansville," said Muscatel. They took the week between races to patch the boat back together.   They brought the boat to Madison and got it out on the water. "We weren't really trying to qualify, just a shake down trip," he said. But then things went bad.

"The wings had shaken loose," said Muscatel. "The V brace bent like a pretzel. The pad holding the wings was cracked." The crew worked until late into to night on Saturday, but it was determined the boat couldn't run without risking serious - and dangerous - consequences.

If the team could run it with more than 50% chance of it holding together, Muscatel said, they would have raced. "We didn't come 2500 miles to sit on the beach."
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