2016 Racing dates

I attended the Region 12 meeting and the following SCOA meeting last Saturday in Corona. The 2016 racing calendar is as follows:

November 27/28 Parker SCSC

March 5/6 Havasu Springs SCOA All classes!

March 19/20 Parker SCSC

April 23/24 Ming SCSC

Aug 4/5/6 Long Beach SCSC

Sept 15/16/17 Bayfair RPM

Oct 28/29 Parker Enduro River Dave

Any questions contact me.
Greg Ronkainen 310 490-6854

flying finn's picture

We need a boat count for Thanksgiving race. Let me know.

Baker343's picture

Had a great time again at this years Parker Enduro. Bill and I had a couple small issues that cost us a chance for the overall win. I want to thank my family and friends that came out to support us and also James Perry, his 2L ran strong and finished it's 3rd Enduro.
Got a chance to meet Todd Stone, he again brought his whole crew from Oklahoma to run with our class. It was great to meet you and your family Todd and we hope to see you guys next year with a better outcome for all of us.

Team Baker wont be able to make the Turkey day race but plan on racing the remainder of the schedule.

Thanks Keith B.

Propman's picture

Turkey day or not I'll be there, got my new motor on the boat today, I'll be breaking it in this weekend.

Capnzee88's picture

My #88 will be available for racing this coming year. I will be running the Hydrostream with the COR's but as a Sportsman with a claimer engine as per the Sportsman rules. May not make all of the races, but plan on making some. Thanksgiving is not in my plans. Rod

Capnzee88's picture

Are there any close-up pictures of individual boats taken from down river? I would like to get a nice picture for framing of the 88 boat with son Eric driving. Christmas present. Rod

flying finn's picture

Rod

Go to Riverdavesplace, forums, racing and you will see sites where you can buy pictures of your boat in the race.

Propman's picture

http://darenvanryte.photoreflect.com/

Paste this into your browser, it will take you to about 1200 pictures of the enduro, probably the best collection taken this year.

Capnzee88's picture

Thanks guys, found the pics.

007's picture

Mod U is on the sanction and we will be running F1 F2 tunnel hulls at the Thanksgiving Regatta. I wanted to thank our sponsor, Lucas Oil, and our team owner John Soares for providing this sweet looking tunnel boat (powered by a COR motor!) for this coming weekend.

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Capnzee88's picture

A Merry Christmas and a happy holidays to all of the boat racers I have known over 65 years of racing. You have all been a pleasure to know, both on and off the race course. I have curtailed much of my future racing but I still plan to compete in a limited number of races. My rear end made it through the Enduro, thanks to a great ride in my modified STV which also added a few years to my favorite sport! Again, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! ROD

Capnzee88's picture

The National Meeting is right around the corner! If the COR class is to live I believe we have to fit ourselves "under the wing" of one of the major devisions. The most natural would be the OPC division. It is rumored that they would be willing to accept us if we were to accept a few minor changes to comply with their rules. I have heard that Greg Ronkainen has inherited the right to represent the COR class. Congratulations Greg, I hope you can manufacture the "glue" to put this class back together again. As I see it, we can no longer exist as a Special Events Class. I have contacted several of the long standing APBA members in good standing with the stock classes and have been advised that for us, OPC is the way to go. They also affirmed they would support such action if called upon at the National Meeting. I would strongly recommend that we make a proposal, in writing, to the OPC Chairman prior to the meeting to ensure that we appear on the agenda. This, followed up by attending the meeting,to ensure that we are in "good faith" with APBA. It would appear at this time that the COR class is far too "quiet" about 1. who in fact is representing the class 2. What is being done to "save" the class 3. Any one willing to attend the National meeting? 4. A supporting agenda.
True transparency is indeed a requirement that is sorely missing as can be ascertained by simply "clicking" on the COR web site. We don't need videos to look at the past, we need to look to the future and act together as a team. Rod

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I would like to thank Greg Ronkainen for taking over the "chores" of representing the COR class. Greg is taking time out from his work to go to the National APBA convention in the name of the COR class. This can be fairly costly and Greg is offering his time and "pocket book" in an effort to save the COR's. We, as a very small group, owe Greg a great deal of thanks for making this sacrifice in the name of the COR's. He has taken on a difficult and often unappreciated job and we owe him a vote of thanks. Greg, from me to you, "thank you and good luck"!

Baker343's picture

Greg, thanks for stepping up to represent our group at the APBA meeting in Chicago. I'm sure as a group we will help you with some of your financial burdens.

Keith B.

007's picture

I heard some feedback from the APBA meeting. Is it true COR will be required to meet SuperSport safety rules by 2017? Is it true capsules/roll-cages with a 6-point harness will be mandatory in 2017, whether COR stays in Special Events or tries again to move to OPC?

007's picture

COR is on the sanction. Also, two days of marathon racing, 30 minutes per day, COR is invited to race the marathon, all classes are invited to race the marathon. https://www.apba.org/races/havasu-landing-boat-races-8054

Capnzee88's picture

It appears from the local scuttlebutt that the Havasu landing has been cancelled due to the inability to get divers. Apparently, the SCSC divers have been "tied-up". Only in region 12 could this happen. l do remember the days when all of the clubs worked together for the betterment of boat racing.
Emilio and I had a very interesting conversation the other day. He has been researching boat racing in Mexico and is quite enthused about it. Apparently he and Kevin have been invited to come south and race, which they plan to do! This is very exciting for the future of southern California may some day depend upon it. Good luck gentlemen and let us know how things went! Hope all is good! Rod

Capnzee88's picture

I have received an invite from Frank Banducci regarding a race the first week end of October at Antioch, celebrating the Old Town Jamboree. He has asked me to respond as to whether any of the COR boats would be interested in travelling to Antioch for this race. At one time we had 4 COR boats running from that area. Now we have non! I do believe we could resurrect some interest in COR racing if we were to join the Jamboree. Please respond, one way or the other if you would be interested in travelling to Antioch for this race???? I will respond in kind to the Jamboree committee. Thanking you in advance for your response. Rod

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Frank Banducci read the COR post. He just emailed me saying thank you, thank you, thank you. He said the COR boats would be the "toast" of the town. We have always been treated really good by the folks from the North and it has been a long time since we have really been "welcomed" at any boat race. If we can parly up enough interest, we may even get the "45" boys back on the water. I know it is a long way and farther for some but we don't get the welcome mat thrown out to us very often. Please be kind enough to respond even if you feel you cannot make this race. The "88" HST Sportsman is planning to make this one. Greg? Rod

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Emilio and I got back from Mexico yesterday, we had such a great time racing in the little town of Emiliano Zapata. They have a heat race on Saturday, followed by a marathon on Sunday, and then another heat race for the boats still running after the marathon (not too many). The Marathon event requires two people per boat, while the heat racing just has the driver. The weekend started for Emilio and I on Friday test driving a "hotrod 3 liter OMC" on a Mirage. This was the very first time Emilio ever drove a Mirage, and I was in the passenger seat (directing nervously), after a few bounces and jounces Emilio finally got a handle on it and we made some good high speed passes..... before the engine chucked a rod through the side of the motor.

We thought we were done for, but the race promoter found another powerhead for us to race with, the only problem was it was a Mercury, instead of a Johnson, and it was a mere 6 hours away from us, a round trip of 12 hours put the motor in Emiliano at about 5 AM the next morning. Eight hours of thrashing later we had a motor that started, trimmed, shifted, throttled, steered and little else, besides gauges are for pussys in the land of the Mayans. We make the first heat with seconds to spare. Emilio had a bad start, but manages to drive around all but one boat, for a second place finish, not bad for what started out as a shakedown cruise. Fast forward to the final... Emilio figures out the "box start" and finds lane one and the number one spot followed by another Merc powered Mirage in "close pursuit." Egged on by the announcer the crowd started chanting "Get the Gringo" "Get the Gringo!" I think Emilio may be scarred for life, born in Mexico, spends most of his adult life in the US, goes back to Mexico as "the internationally famous" boat racer and now HE is the Gringo. I don't know how to explain it to him ......Gringo?....Mexican?...Mexican Gringo?

Emilio and me will be laughing about this for a long time.

The American Gringo

Capnzee88's picture

Great job "Gringos" and a great story! Any pictures?

Baker343's picture

I apologize, I wont be able make the Easter race at Parker. I did not realize the race had been rescheduled . FYI, I'm not on Facebook. Good luck fellas. I am trying to get the 343 ready for 2016. I'm changing to a 15" mid with the help of Rod, Mickey at Apple Valley Marine and Kevin at R&R Prop shop. Hope to see everyone at Elsinore on the first weekend of April. Right?

Capnzee88's picture

#88 preparing for Bakersfield. HST went to Apple Valley Marine for "new" claimable (under current Sportsman rules) engine and testing prior to Bakersfield. Mickey, Vicki and Brittany (new COR driver??) will be testing on the Colorado river in hopes of reaching the mid 70's with the "tall" mostly stocker engine. Keith's mid and L/U went along for future development. Keith, I have a "tall" mid and L/U if you want to make BKSFLD. Rod

Baker343's picture

Rod, thanks for the offer on the 20" Mid and LU. I want give a 15" Mid a try. If our 2016 race dates don't change I plan on racing the remainder of the schedule. Ming through the Enduro, along with any Mini Enduro's. Heading to Bandyland test grounds the last week of March.

Propman's picture

Gentlemen, Start your engines...

COR boaters have a chance to race three races in the next five weeks if they can keep their boat running that long.....

March 25, 26.... Parker/ Bluewater Kevin, Greg, Emilio are commited

April 2,3 Lake Elsinor This is a water ski race, with some 100 mile mini marathons on Sat and Sun. Enduro classes w/o the timed laps--see River Dave's place website for more details--COR is invited.

April 16,17... Lake Ming SCSC race see the APBA sanction on APBA.org

Emilio will be especially busy since he will be in Mexico racing on the 9th and 10th of April...let no water go unchurned by your propeller.

Of course after that there is a long period of not racing until August at Long Beach......but there is always Mexico to keep your engine(s) running this summer.

flying finn's picture

We have Parker this weekend 3-26/27 with myself, Kevin and Emilio.
Next weekend is the Elsinore Enduro 4-2/3. This is not a APBA event. In conjunction with the water ski racers. Go to NWSRA.net to register. One 100 mile marathon each day starting around 1pm. Enduro 336 rules/classes except there are no speed classes or timed laps. Staggered starts, Le mans beach start. John Soares and Greg Ronkainen will be the outboard inspectors. Remember your on board fire extinguisher, paddle and tow rope. I will have my motor home there to hang out at. Bandy and Soares should be there also running. Then Emilio goes to Mexico the next weekend if anyone wants to go with him to help out at that race. Finally Lake Ming is 4-16/17. Rumor has Rod showing up. Lots of racing. We need help at all the races so let everyone know to come out. Any questions, email me miragecons@aol.com or call 310 490-6854

Capnzee88's picture

88 boat has "new" Sportsman engine that will be tested shortly and should be ready for Bakersfield. You boyz with the hot engines be EZ on the ol boy now!

Capnzee88's picture

The 88 boat tested strong today and is ready to give the COR class fits. It may run behind but should not be embarrassed. The boat will run in the mid 70's and at 5500 rrr's will run for ever. A great low cost way of going racing, just what the COR class needs to re-ignite interest. I will have a complete set of the Sportsman rules with me at Bakersfield.
Incidentally, how did the marathons go at Elsinore? Hope all went well.

007's picture

This COR Boat Racing website and domain for sale. Inquire and or make offer at info@corboatracing.com.

007's picture

Is the class interested in this website?

flying finn's picture

There is some interest in taking over the website. You could transfer it over and we could take over the yearly/monthly domain costs directly with the provider. Either Kevin or myself would become the administrator. We appreciate your work in setting up and running the site for all these years. However there are only 5 boats running now and all of boat racing is struggling.

007's picture

I think we can work something out.

Capnzee88's picture

When used in the manner and purpose for which the web site was originated, it can be a very useful tool in recruiting new members and maintaining the current membership of the COR class. We have had some rough rows to hoe in the past year or so but the web site has managed to hold things together, with out it we may
have gone by the way side. My hats off to those of the membership who have had the fore-sight to come out and run in a competitive manner, making the most of 3 and 4 boat fields. I am hoping that the addition of my Sportsman "88" will add to the field and perhaps entice new members to a join an affordable class. If a "deal" can be made concerning the web site, more power to those who can do it! Who needs Trump to make a deal? We can do it.

Baker343's picture

Why does our 2016 race schedule show the Ming race on 4/23 and 4/24 and APBA shows the race this weekend?

Capnzee88's picture

My guess is the original dates of the Ming race were set at the Region meeting some months ago. The dates have subsequently been changed by the race director. The race is definitely this week-end, Anything any of us can do to help you make the race or are you all set? We all need to be communicating more--another good reason to keep the COR web-site alive.

flying finn's picture

We are on for this weekend. Ross did change the date as well as the Parker date. Ross wants 4 boats. Kevin cannot come due to medical condition. So it is up to me, Emilio, Bandy and Rod to keep the show going.

flying finn's picture

We will discuss the website this weekend and continue discussions.

007's picture

If the class can contribute to the expenses (now that the site is built it is just the monthly hosting charge ($19.95 monthly) and domain name charge ($45 annually), I will continue to maintain the site.

Capnzee88's picture

I understand that Greg, our COR rep is planning on discussing this issue with the group. In the mean time, thank you for all of the work you have done in an attempt to keep the COR class viable. Mean while, thank you Ross for allowing a disappointing two boats to run at Bakersfield. You could have sent us home with zero time on the water. What a shame for a class that was fielding as many as ten boats a heat.

Capnzee88's picture

Greg re-capped his GPS and found that he had reached 80 mph on the "short" Bakersfield course. Pretty darn respectable! I'm surprised the 'Ol Sportsman was able to remain on the same lap, maybe because the 88 boat had the inside and was on the "pins" while Greg ran wide.

Capnzee88's picture

There is a thread on Boatracingfacts.com called Mod VP history. Could certainly serve our purpose until we figure something more appropriate. There are already posts by Emilio concerning his experiences in Mexico. Rod

007's picture

website - if you all can pay the expenses, i will keep the website going. Domain needs to be renewed. Cost $45 per year. Please send paypal of $45 to info@corboatracing.com

flying finn's picture

Mike, Contact Kevin directly to discuss