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U-7 FormulaBoats.com being pulled back to shore after flipping in Heat 3A at Detroit's Gold Cup
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DETROIT 2008: Mike Allen and U-7 FormulaBoats.com flip in Heat 3A

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DETROIT, Mich. - The winds whipped up on Sunday, meaning white caps and rollers.  In Heat 3A, it was Mike Allen in the U-7 FormulaBoats.com flipping coming out of the exit pin to turn one by Belle Island.

Allen is reportedly OK.  He was taken to a Detroit hospital to be checked out, but was alert and talking to rescue crews as he was brought back to shore.  He even waved to the fans on the shore.

VIDEO:  Start of Heat 3A >>

YOU'LL HEAR THE ANNOUNCERS MAKE THE CALL, BUT DO NOT SEE THE FLIP AS THE U-7 WAS TRAILING THE LEADER AND THE CAMERAS WERE FOLLOWING THE LEADER.

VIDEO:  Windy weather, U-7 Damage aftermath >>

The U-7 FormulaBoats.com is a different story.  When it was brought back to shore, it was obvious that there was severe damage to the left-side sponson and associated decking. 

VIDEO:  Cockpit video from inside the U-3 during Heat 3A >>

The U-3 Chrysler Jeep was penalized for encroaching on Allen.  The first reports are that Allen was in the U-3's roostertail when he went up and over.  The U-3 team said they did not encroach on the U-7.

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver Steve David told the Detroit Free Press: "I don't think Jimmy crowded him intentionally. It's really rough down in that first turn, and if you hit a wave with the bow it can jerk the boat over to the left whether you want to go there or not."

Read more from Detroit Free Press >>

Allen flipped twice last year.  He already had a broken hand coming into Detroit in 2007 when he flipped, sidelining him for the rest of the 2007 season.

Allen and U-7 flip at Detroit 2007 >>
INCLUDES CELL PHONE VIDEO OF FLIP, PHOTO SEQUENCE

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