Columbia Cup ticket order form, due July 20

Posted 6/27/2022

By: Bob Brackett

It's never too early to think about the 2022 Columbia Cup, to be contested as part of the Tri-Cities Water Follies in Columbia Park (Kennewick, WA) on July 28-30.

In fact, due to our partnership with the Water Follies, we are pleased to offer tickets available only to R/CU members, which are required in order to race at this event. 

The order form can be found by clicking this link: 2022 Columbia Cup Order Form.

Payment can be via check or the R/CU paypal. You must submit the order form with a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that Bob Brackett can mail you the tickets.

Send the form and payment no later than July 20!

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Race format for the Northwest Scale Championship is now posted!

Posted 6/19/2022

By: Mike Cathey

Below is the race format for the upcoming Northwest Scale Championship, to be contested in Marysville on July 22-24. While this isn't part of the R/CU championship, we encourage all of our racers to support this great event, celebrating every class of scale hydroplane racing in the northwest. As a reminder, the pre-race registration form and all details about this race will be posted here.

1/10th and 1/7th Scale FE classes will completed be on Saturday. Our goal for Saturday is to get in at least 2 heats of 1/8th scale nitro/FE, Gas Scale and Thunderboats. The Thunderboat class will be a 4 heat, all-points race similar to how they race in the district.

 

The 1/8th scale nitro/FE and Gas scale will be a best 4 out 6 heats points scored towards the connie and final. If we run short of time on Sunday it may be best a 4 out of 5. The one thing we have going for us with the race moved from October to July is that we have a lot more daylight to burn.

 

There will be hot pits and an on-deck area. Gary Grembowski will be the pit boss and he’s going to keep things moving, so be ready to go when you are up.

 

Please help out with turn judging, buoy replacement and dead boat retrieval.

 

We will be using the 3 minute clock we normally do for an R/CU race.

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All you need to know about the upcoming Rose Cup

Posted 5/31/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

As an early treat and upcoming look to June, check out all the info for the Rose Cup in this document here!

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June Tri-Annual fees due June 18th

Posted 5/31/2022

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

Per the R/CU rulebook, boats in developmental status pay an escalating fee three times a year in order to encourage completion of the hull. It is time for the June Tri-Annual! Some of you have already paid, so thank you for this.

Please take some time to look at the document on the Members' page, under the Resources tab of the website.  The document is the R/CU Registry, dated 5/31/2022. If you own a boat that has money in the far right column, please pay the fee listed by June 18th. Payment options and further contact info for questions is listed on the Members' page.

Please utilize the "Contact the webmaster" button to the top right for questions about the Members' page password.

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All you need to know about the upcoming President's Cup

Posted 5/28/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all the info in this document here!

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Champion Spark Plug Regatta race recap is now posted!

Posted 5/24/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Read all about the return to Columbia Park at this writeup here!

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Boats released for registration

Posted 5/11/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

The following hulls are released to the membership for registration. 

Nitro, Hull #8012, 1980-85 Miss Budweiser

Nitro, Hull #9399, 1994-97 Pico American Dream

Gas, Hull #8255, 1984 Oh Boy! Oberto

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Looking for R/CU trailer towing volunteers for President's Cup

Posted 5/9/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

We are still looking for volunteers to tow the R/CU trailer from the east side of the state to the west side in preparation for the upcoming President’s Cup in Tacoma, on June 5. This does not have to occur on Sunday night, but does need to occur before or on June 5. Please note that R/CU does have a storage facility in Ellensburg, so an option would be to have a volunteer tow it from the Tri-Cities to Ellensburg, and another volunteer tow it from Ellensburg to the westside/Tacoma. Following the President’s Cup, it will need to be towed back to Ellensburg.

 

Towing the R/CU trailer is a paid position at $1 per mile and a free entry ($20) into the next race.

 

If the trailer cannot be relocated to the westside for the Tacoma race, there will be no race.

 

Please contact R/CU chairman Gary Grembowski at ggrembo21@gmail.com to volunteer.

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All you need to know about the upcoming Champion Spark Plug Regatta

Posted 5/9/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all the info in this document here!

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Bill Muncey Memorial race recap is now posted!

Posted 5/8/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Read all about the return to Ellensburg at this writeup here!

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All you need to know about the upcoming Bill Muncey Memorial

Posted 4/26/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all the info in this document here!

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Atomic Cup race recap is now posted!

Posted 4/25/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Read all about the season-opening Atomic Cup at this writeup here!

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2022 season begins this weekend in Finley!

Posted 4/3/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

The Atomic Cup is this weekend in Finley, WA! Check out all you need to know in the document here.

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2022 rulebooks posted

Posted 3/29/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

The 2022 rulebooks have been posted to the rulebooks page under the Resources tab.

The revision tracker files are a convenient way to see the yearly revisions. This year, the main change is the buoy rule has been modified, following member feedback and Board discussion.

Take a look and remember, as a member of R/CU you are responsible for knowing the rulebook!

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Pre-Season Testing at Waughop details

Posted 3/9/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Hosted by NW Roostertails, there is a NAMBA fun run at Waughop Lake in Lakewood, WA on March 19. Gates will open at 7:30 AM, with testing beginning around 8:00 AM. Plan on arriving early, as they will wrap up testing early if participation is limited or if the weather turns. Bring a NAMBA card and $10 per person. 

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Fuel buy update

Posted 3/9/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Bill Brandt reports in with the latest news of the Torco fuel buy. He notes that Torco has said the nitro shipment has been pushed back to sometime in April. He will verify with those requesting cases as to when he will requesting payment. If you would like to choose another source of fuel then you can let Bill know at that point. Thanks Bill!

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NW Scale Championship pre-registration form moved to the Schedule tab

Posted 3/7/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Due to some questions, the NW Scale Championship pre-registration form is now located on the Schedule page of the website. 

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Banquet scheduled for April 9

Posted 3/7/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

April 9-10 is the opener for the 2022 R/C Unlimiteds season in Finley, WA, and we are happy to announce that the season banquet will be returning to the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick on April 9. Following race testing on Saturday, we will convene to celebrate the 2019 and 2021 seasons.

Exact pricing and order forms will be coming shortly, so please stay tuned. Happy hour will begin at 5:30 PM, with dinner around 6:30 PM. 

Since we did not get to hold a banquet to celebrate the 2019 season, we will turn back the clock and formally award the 2019 champions. Then, we will look back on the 2021 season, and prepare for the 2022 season that begins on the next day!

Stay tuned for order forms and additional information.

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March registry update and new hulls for registration

Posted 3/1/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Posted on the Boats and Members pages are new club registries and Master Hull Rosters, detailing all boats currently registered (and paid up for 2022) in the club.

If you do not see your boat and you believe that you paid, please contact Geoffry Grembowski (ggrembo5@yahoo.com) immediately.

The following boats are available for anyone to register. If multiple people submit registrations within the next 14 days (by EOD 3/15/2022), then we will hold a draw for the required boats between the submitted registrations. After the 14 day period, registrations will be awarded to the first person to register a boat

Nitro (Hull #, Years, U-#, Name)

5825, 64, U-25, Miss Eagle Electric (White)

6402, 64-65, U-2, Miss U.S. V

7207, 76, U-76, U-76

7325, 73-75/77, U-25/1, Pay’n Pak

7474, 77, U-13 Anheuser-Busch Natural Light

7495, 76, U-95, Sunny Jim

7612, 76-78, U-12/1 Miss Budweiser

7704, 83-84, U-21, Miss Island Security Systems

7817, 78-83, U-17, Tempus

8255, 85, U-100, Coor’s Light

8303, 91, UR-5, Edge Superior Performer

8407, 84, U-7, Lite All-Star

8408, 84-85, U-8, Miss Executone

8517, 85-87, U-17, Tempus

8701, 94, U-1, Miss Budweiser (Red, T-2)

8721, 87-88, U-21, Eliminator

8806, 93, U-6, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes (Day-Glo)

9516, 07-09, U-787, Boeing Dreamliner

0001, 14-15, U-1/5, Graham Trucking

FE (Hull #, Years, U-#, Name)

6133, 62, U-33, Lumberville

7207, 81, U-20, Captran Resorts

7474, 76, U-74, Olympia Beer

7817, 78-83, U-17, Tempus

8031, 80-81, U-31, Miss Circus Circus (Canard)

8407, 84, U-7, Lite All-Star

8517, 85-87, U-17, Tempus

8700, 91-93, U-10, Winston Eagle

8806, 93, U-6, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes (Day-Glo)

8901, 07-08, U-10, Hoss Mortgage Investors

9401, 94-95, U-1, Miss Budweiser (T-4)

1496, 21, U-8 Miss Tri-Cities

Gas Scale (Hull #, Years, U-#, Name)

5879, 58-60, U-79, Nitrogen

5900, 59, U-00, Maverick

6240, 62-65, U-40 Miss Bardahl

6544, 68, U-44 Gale’s Roostertail

6640, 66, U-40, Miss Bardahl

7495, 74, U-95, U-95

8303, 91, UR-5, Edge Superior Performer

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Buoy-penalty survey request for members

Posted 3/1/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU board is soliciting feedback from members about the club's penalty for striking buoys. There has been discussion within the Board as to whether this penalty needs to be revised to assist in judging, buoy finances, and boat damage.

The board has created a simple survey for all R/CU members that should take less than 5 minutes to complete. This survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8THJJDG

Upon the next board meeting in mid-March, the Board will utilize the survey results for assistance in making a decision.

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Rattlesnake RC returns for another season as R/CU partner

Posted 3/1/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is very happy to announce that Rattlesnake RC is returning for another season as an R/C Unlimiteds partner.

Rattlesnake RC, owned and operated by Bill Brandt out of Kennewick, WA, is the best way to get unique and specialty parts for R/C boats and more. Featuring an online store (allrc1.com), Rattlesnake RC features competitive pricing and safe shipping practices. As Bill is a member of R/CU, all of his products are tested personally and used by a large majority of the club.

We'd like to thank Rattlesnake RC for returning in 2022, and remember, if you need any R/C parts for your new build, visit allrc1.com!

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Important camping info for the Dean Chenoweth Memorial at Columbia Park

Posted 2/26/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU returns to Columbia Park in Kennewick, WA, over May 14-15 for the Dean Chenoweth Memorial. Since this race is not part of the Water Follies (as is typical for the July race), we need to schedule trailer camping in accordance with the park department's policies.

If you are planning on using a trailer/RV to camp at this race, please contact Scott Meyers at scott.meyers24@gmail.com with the nights you will be staying and the rough size of the trailer so we can submit a site plan. Fees will be $24 per night per camper. This is required for all campers to notify Scott. Thanks!

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Buoy-making party and preseason testing opportunities!

Posted 2/26/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

We have a couple of preseason events coming up, as we prepare for the 2022 season.

March 12: Buoy Making Party at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, WA

We are requesting a few volunteers to assist in constructing the buoys for 2022. Beginning at 10:00 AM, we will meet and spend a few hours putting together several sets of buoys so that we are prepared for a full season of racing. Come on down if you are willing to help cut, tape, and/or paint our foam buoys, or if you want to discuss racing for the upcoming year! 

March 12: Preseason testing hosted by NW Roostertails (NAMBA District 8) at Twin Lakes Park, Marysville, WA.

Testing will be available through the morning and early afternoon, hosted by NW Roostertails. NAMBA insurance is required, and please bring some cash as an "entry fee" to help cover the cost of the site rental.

March 19: Preseason testing hosted by NW Roostertails (NAMBA District 8) at Waughop Lake, Lakewood, WA.

Testing will be available through the morning and early afternoon, hosted by NW Roostertails. NAMBA insurance is required, and please bring some cash as an "entry fee" to help cover the cost of the site rental.

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Fuel buy update

Posted 2/26/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Bill Brandt is still managing the fuel buy for 2022, but due to shipping delays we are anticipating that the fuel will not arrive until late March or early April. Contact Bill for any additional details or questions. We will post updates online here as well.

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2022 schedule is posted

Posted 2/11/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Many of you have been asking, and we are very happy to post the 2022 race schedule! R/CU Race Coordinator, Scott Meyers, has been working hard with the local park departments, and trust me when I say that he has been amongst the hardest working individuals in the club over the last few months. Thanks to Scott, we have an 11-weekend schedule spread across Washington state, featured by a return to Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park in Ellensburg.

The season kicks off with the traditional Atomic Cup in Finley, then after Easter we return to Ellensburg for the Bill Muncey Memorial. Next we head back east to Kennewick, for an early-season trip to Columbia Park. After the success of 2021, the circuit heads west to Lakewood (Tacoma), then back to Ellensburg for two races in a row. We encourage all racers to participate in the Northwest Scale Championship, as we have left this weekend open.

The club will again race at the Tri-City Water Follies, in Columbia Park in late July. We close out Ellensburg for 2022 with the Silver Cup in mid-August, then head west for consecutive races in Marysville and Monroe (TBC). In late September, we finalize the season for the 2022 Gold Cup.

We can't wait to race, and hope to see you at your nearest park soon!

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2022 nitro fuel buy coming soon

Posted 1/26/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Many people have inquired about a nitro fuel buy. While we don't have full details available yet, we are hoping to put together a group together for when we get these details. As in similar years, we are expecting Bill Brandt to facilitate the buy, and Fred Olson will store the fuel for westside racers.

If you are interested in participating in the 2022 fuel buy, please contact Bill Brandt at billbrandt111@gmail.com so we can get a list together. Please include the percentage of nitro and how many cases you want.

For reference, the prices last year were $145 per case shipped (including tax) for 60% nitro, and $165 per case shipped (including tax) for 66% nitro. We will provide 2022 prices once we receive them.

Thanks Bill and Fred for facilitating the fuel buy for 2022!

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Northwest Scale Championship pre-registration open

Posted 1/11/2022

By: rcuwebmaster

Pre-registration is open for the upcoming NW Scale Championship, to be held over June 22-24 in Marysville, WA. Forms can be sent to Mike Cathey using the email address in the form.

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Registration fees and January Tri-Annuals due January 31

Posted 1/5/2022

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

(Unfortunately) it is time to get payments aligned for the upcoming season! As a reminder, competition-status boats must pay a yearly fee to remain registered for the upcoming season. If the boat did not make 2 attempts to race in 2021, then additional fees are required to maintain the registration. We have waived these in the past few years due to COVID, but since we held a near-full season last year, the registration fees will return.

Additionally, January Tri-Annual fees are posted for all of the developmental-status boats.

The Members' page has a PDF located near the top of the page entitled, "RCU Registry." Open this document, find your name and boats, and look to the far right column to see the total money owed per registration.

Instructions on how to pay this can be found on the Members' page.

All payments are due by end-of-day, January 31.

The money that is collected by the club is used for all operations of the club, including renting race sites, race site equipment, insurance payments, and more!

There are almost 200 boats currently registered in R/CU, so it is very possible that I made a mistake or two. If you think I have incorrectly applied a fee, or would like to discuss your registration status, please contact me (Geoffry) at ggrembo5@yahoo.com. Or 206-437-7655. I will do my best to respond to you within a business day. For any additional questions, please reach out to me!

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From the chairman: Happy 2022!

Posted 1/3/2022

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

From the Board:

 

Happy New Year and here is to a happy, healthy and successful 2022.

 

Despite the challenges of 2021, R/CU still managed to hold nine race weekends and complete the season.  Here is a big thank you to everyone who made that happen and to the flexibility of the club members throughout the year.

 

The 2022 season planning is well underway.  Please plan on the first race on the weekend of April 9-10 at Twin Rivers Park in the Tri-Cities.  This is a bit earlier than normal due to the following weekend being Easter.  COVID willing, we will also be holding our annual awards banquet on Saturday evening before the race.  The rest of the season is still coming together.  Our return to Ellensburg is looking hopeful for 2022.  We won’t be able to confirm dates until later this month so, keep watching the website for the final schedule.

 

A number of initiatives are underway for 2022:

  • Earlier in the Fall, we requested FE members' feedback on the current starting procedure.  As you know, R/CU FE uses a unique, half course starting procedure.  We received responses from seventeen FE members with 65% in favor of keeping the current procedure.  A couple of members who originally said “NO” to keeping the current procedure circled back and eventually said keep it.  So, with those results, we will keep the current FE starting procedure.

  • For the past couple of years, we have struggled with leaks in one of the Livingston retrieve boats.  We are actively looking to replace it in 2022.  The recent winter weather has put a delay on the search but brighter days are ahead.

  • Over the past decade, R/CU has expanded to three scale classes and welcomed new racers and new boats.  Each weekend we crown three race winners.  We are undertaking an initiative to expand and update perpetual trophies for each of the classes.  If you have a current perpetual trophy, we will be contacting you and assist with getting all the winners from the past years on the trophy.  We will also be procuring new trophies for the new classes.  This initiative will take a few years to spread out the expense.  It is important though to recognize the achievements of the race winners.

 

Here are a couple more which call for particular attention:

  • Buoys.  In 2021 we went through 40 buoys at a cost of $400.  We have been searching for the right combination of a buoy that can take a hit, but not hurt the boat.  We have been unable to find that combination so we will err on the side of making buoys that will not cause major damage if hit by a boat.  We will have a good inventory of buoys going into the season.  Look for a buoy-making party in February or March.

  • Boat noise.  We have not measured boat noise in several seasons.  We have also added the gas scale class.  We currently state a 90dB level at 50 feet at full throttle in our rule book.  That particular rule was written when we had only Nitro boats.  Before applying that standard to the gas class we will need to gather and analyze appropriate data.  R/CU has purchased a db Meter and will be measuring all classes in 2022.  Please note that the NAMBA standard for all classes is 95db.

 

Keep watching the R/C Unlimiteds website for more information and updates.

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R/CU is looking for a new chase boat

Posted 12/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board is looking to procure a new chase boat for 2022 and beyond. We are in the market for new or "used-but-in-good-condition" 7' Livingston-style rowboats.

We are actively perusing websites and for sale ads, but if you happen to see one or know someone (such as a friend or neighbor) that is selling a boat we could use, please let us know! You can email chairman Gary Grembowski at ggrembo21@gmail.com.

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NW Scale Championship returns this summer!

Posted 12/16/2021

By: Mike Cathey

The Northwest Scale Championship Race is Back!

July 22, 23, 24

 

Location – Marysville, Washington at Gissberg Twin Lakes Park (north lake)

 

Classes – 1/8th scale nitro, 1/8th scale electric, Gas Scale, 1/7th scale electric, 1/10th scale electric, semi-scale Thunderboats

                  (electric boats must be configured per the NAMBA rulebook)

 

This is a great time to make it a boat racing vacation! In 10 days, scale racers can compete in the NW Scale Race, then head to the Tri-Cites for the R/C Unlimiteds Columbia Cup and H1 Race. Not to mention a stop at the Unlimited Hydroplane and Raceboat museum just south of Seattle.

 

Many of the details are still being settled and check back for details on pre-registration, hotels and RV accommodations..

 

Participants must have a valid NAMBA membership before prior to the event.

 

 NAMBA safety rules will be in effect.

 

 

Questions? email Mike Cathey at mido46@comcast.net

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Survey requested for our FE racers

Posted 12/1/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board is asking that the FE racers take a quick (less than 5 minutes) survey regarding the starting procedure that is in use by the current rulebook. Please spread the word to all FE members in R/CU, as we hope to generate feedback to determine the satisfaction level with the current ruleset!

The next board meeting is scheduled for December 14, so we are hoping you have some time in the next two weeks to take the survey.

The survey is listed at this website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L39

Thanks!

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Boats available to register

Posted 12/1/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The following boats are now available to register.

Nitro, Hull 8808, 88-90 Mr. Pringle's

Gas, Hull 8808, 88-90 Mr. Pringle's

Nitro, 5655, 61 Such Crust IV (Blue)

Nitro, Hull 7495, 81 Oh Boy! Oberto

Nitro, Hull 9399, 94-97 Pico American Dream

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Health update for R/CU member, Brandon Sano

Posted 11/8/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU has a very close knit community of racers, friends, and family. Some of you may have heard some, or all of the story below. Joey Caines writes this about our friend, Brandon Sano. We are continuing to pray and send good vibes to Brandon, as he overcomes a significant health scare.\

"Just a heads up about our friend Brandon Sano, on Thursday morning October 14, he suffered heart arrhythmia, that led to Cardiac Arrest, he was in very bad shape for the next 11 days. On the 24th and 25th the terminology the Drs were using was not very optimistic. Basically we were praying for a miracle. On the 26th, our prayers were answered. Brandon woke up. He has a long road to recovery, they installed a pacemaker and defibrillator on Friday the 5th of November I believe. I finally got to speak to him on the phone for the first time last night. He is still in the hospital in Burien and cannot have visitors. He wants to thank everyone that has been in the loop for their prayers and well wishes for him and his family. Please keep them coming as he is still in need of the prayers, love and support. He will have a long road ahead and can use any and all help that we can give him. I’m so very thankful and grateful that our friend has come back from what I will refer to as a super long nap. He wants to get back to the pond and race again but that will all depend on how he is able to recover from this traumatic episode. As of now he needs assistance getting around as he is weak and this has also affected his vision. Again keep them prayers coming for Brandon.

We love you brother, you got this and we got you."

We will send additional updates from the Sano family when we receive them. For now, continue to send prayers and well-wishes to the Sano family. You got this, Brandon!

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Call for FE and gas scale technical proposals

Posted 10/26/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board is soliciting technical proposals from the membership regarding the FE and gas scale classes. The rulebook states that technical proposals (regarding revisions to the rulebook that involve the construction/makeup of the boat) are solicited during a designated time period. Board members will discuss and make a decision before the end of the 2021 calendar year on any proposals, and the revisions will be published by January 31 of 2022.

If you have any such proposals, please submit them via email to R/CU Chairman Gary Grembowski at ggrembo21@gmail.com

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Board members confirmed

Posted 10/26/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The 2022 R/CU Board has been confirmed and began operations last week. 

First off, we want to thank all the recent board members who have participated in the recent years. Many of you have worked hard to increase the visibility, happiness, and participation within the club. Whether it was adding new classes, adding new sites, or tweaking rules, it is all appreciated!

With that, we want to thank Bill Brandt for his contributions as a board member. He has stepped down following the 2021 season, and has been a valuable contributor to increase the membership within the club over the past few years.

The 2022 R/CU Board is as follows:

Chairman: Gary Grembowski

Race Coordinator: Scott Meyers

Treasurer: Fred Olson

Inspector: Paxton Reunanen

Secretary: Jim Brittain

Statistician: Beau Rarig

Registrar: Geoffry Grembowski

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October Tri-Annuals due October 31

Posted 10/12/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The October Tri-Annual fee for boats in developmental status is due on October 31st. To view the payments required, go to the Members' page, and click the document on the top of the page entitled R/CU Registry. 

If you do not pay the amount owed in the far right column by October 31, you are at risk of losing the registration! If you have any questions, please contact Geoffry Grembowski at ggrembo5@yahoo.com.

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Roger Newton Gold Cup and Norm Evans Memorial race report is now posted

Posted 10/5/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the race recap HERE!

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Apple Cup race report is now posted

Posted 10/4/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Better late than never, check out the race recap HERE!

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Congratulations to the 2021 R/CU Champions!

Posted 10/2/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After an unusual, COVID-affected year, we THANK you for racing with R/CU in 2021. Here are the champions, look for more to come soon!

1/8th Scale Nitro Driver's: John Olson

1/8th Scale Nitro Boat: 1971 Country Boy (John Olson)

1/8th Scale Electric (FE) Driver's: Don Mock

1/8th Scale Electric (FE) Boat: 1983 KISW Miss Rock (Paxton Reunanen)

Gas Scale Driver's: John Olson

Gas Scale Boat: 1971 Country Boy (John Olson)
1/10th Scale Electric Driver's: Dylan Hirano

1/10th Scale Electric Boat: 1971 Budweiser Malt Liquor (Dylan Hirano)

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All you need to know about the Chelan race weekend

Posted 9/21/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After a crazy year, it is time for the final weekend of the 2021 season. The Roger Newton Gold Cup and Norm Evans Memorial will be held in Chelan, WA, this weekend, and we can't wait to race in the beautiful river again. Check out this post for all you need to know including parking, fuel/oil procedures, schedule (2-days of racing!), format, and more.

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Diamond Cup race report is now posted

Posted 9/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Better late than never, check out the race recap HERE!

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Free nitro available

Posted 9/16/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Marc Connelly has some FREE nitro fuel available. He writes this:

"I have some fuel that I bought for my last nitro season and never used. I called the manufacturer and they suggested that it was probably still fine. But it has been sitting in my cool, dark basement for about five seasons now. 

 

Since it has been sitting, I don’t want to sell it. It is free. It would be nice to spread it around a little, if possible. So please post, if it is appropriate. If anyone wants a gallon, just contact me.  Torco fuel, mixed lot of 50% and 60% nitro.  marc@mocreativeinc.com"

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Good luck to NAMBA Nationals racers!

Posted 9/15/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Good luck to all racers at the NAMBA Nationals that kick off this weekend in California. We will be cheering on R/CU members Henry Oord and Joey Caines as they race in multiple classes, including 1/8th scale nitro, 1/8th scale electric, and gas scale. Bring some trophies back home to the northwest!

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Call for R/CU board nominations

Posted 9/10/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is seeking nominations for the 2022 R/CU Board.  There are three open positions for the new Board.  Nominees may come from any of the RCU classes – Nitro, FE, Gas.  You may nominate another R/CU Member (with their permission) or you may self-nominate.  Please send nominations to Jim Brittain (jamesbrittain8@gmail.com).  Board members serve for a term of two years.  Board meetings are typically held once a month via Zoom.  Nominations will be open through Saturday of Gold Cup weekend in Chelan.  If more than three nominations are received, a member vote will be held.

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All you need to know about this weekend's Apple Cup

Posted 9/8/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all you need to know about this weekend's Apple Cup by reading this post here!

Check out the race site information for Lake Tye here!

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Some early questions/answers about Monroe and Lake Tye

Posted 9/7/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

 

Be on the lookout for the full "All you need to know" post, featuring the full schedule and site map of Lake Tye later this week. But, we've gotten some early questions about this brand new (to R/CU) site, so we have some early answers below!

Thanks to Jason Walters for the artwork above!

Location

Lake Tye Park, Monroe, WA (site page to come Wednesday or Thursday!)

Schedule

Saturday: The trailer will arrive at 10 AM for race site and course setup. Testing will begin following race setup. Testing will last until about 4 PM. 

Sunday: Testing will begin at 8 AM until 10 AM. There will be a drivers' meeting at 10 AM, and racing will last all day until around 5 PM.

Security

It is recommended you do NOT leave any equipment, including canopies, boats, or pit tools, at the site overnight.

Boat Fuel/Oil Collection

We will be enacting a policy similar to Chelan for collecting oils and fuels so they do not leak onto the grass. What does this mean? It means every nitro and gas scale boat MUST have a tarp, plastic bag, carpet square, or some other way to prevent fuel and oil from dripping onto the grass. We will be enforcing this closely!

As noted above, we will include more info through the week, but we hope this begins to answer some of your questions!

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R/CU registrar address change

Posted 8/16/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The address to send your checks and registration forms has changed! Geoffry Grembowski's address now is on S Edmunds St in Seattle. All addresses on the website and forms have been updated with the correct information.

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Chelan format set

Posted 8/5/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Background

Over the past several years, R/CU has added classes to the club while still maintaining a separate Roger Newton Gold Cup and Norm Evans Memorial Race Nitro at Chelan.  The result has been that in 2019 we ran almost 70 heats during the weekend.  Feedback from the club has indicated that this is too much given the constraints (boat traffic) of Chelan.  It has resulted in many negative impacts during the race – frayed nerves, arguments, difficulty getting judges due to people preparing boats, no patience with boat traffic, wrecked boats, etc.  Chelan should be a celebration of the season, not the most stressful race of the year.  As a result the Board has established the following format for 2021 which reduces the number of heats by about 20%.  The idea is to provide a less stressed pace and allow time for the inevitable boat traffic.

1/10th Scale FE

All boats entered will be drawn into one heat.  Format will be four heats, total points race.  2 heats Saturday, 2 heats Sunday.

Gas Scale

All boats will race for the Roger Newton Gold Cup.   Format will be six preliminary heats, 3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday.  Top 5 boats go into the final.  First Consolation will determine trailer boat.

1/8th Scale FE

All boats will race for the Roger Newton Gold Cup.   Format will be six preliminary heats, 3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday.  Top 6 boats go into the final.  First Consolation will determine trailer boat.

1/8th Scale Nitro

The Roger Newton Gold Cup and the Norm Evans Memorial will be run concurrently.  Participants may enter 1 or 2 boats in the races.  There will be one set of preliminary heats to determine the line up for the Gold Cup Finals and Norm Evans Finals.

 

If you enter one boat into the race

  • Your boat will be entered into the Gold Cup and Norm Evans races

  • For the first four preliminary heats your points will go toward the Gold Cup and Norm Evans.  Example – you finish second in Heat 1B.  You will earn 300 points for the Gold Cup and 300 points for the Norm Evans.  For season points, you will receive 600 points.

  • For rounds five and six, your points will only count towards the Gold Cup.

 

If you enter two boats into the race

  • You must designate which boat will be your Gold Cup boat and which boat will be your Norm Evans boat.  There will be no changing following the start of the race.

  • You will race both boats in the preliminary heats similar to what you do in a regular race.

  • Points earned with your Gold Cup boat will go toward the Gold Cup finals.  Points earned with your Norm Evans boat will go toward the Norm Evans finals.  Both points will count towards your season points.

 

Race format:

  • All boats will be drawn into preliminary heats as in a regular race.

  • Three heats will be run on Saturday, three on Sunday

  • Following the 4th round of preliminary heats, the Finals for the Norm Evans will be determined.  The top 6 Norm Evans boats will make the Final, next 5 to the 1st Consolation for the trailer position.

  • If you have a second boat in the Norm Evans, you will not run it in sections 5 and 6.

  • All remaining Gold Cup boats will be drawn in Section 5 & 6.

  • Following section 6, the Gold Cup finals will be determined, top 6 to the final, next 5 to the 1st Consolation, etc.

  • Racers that are racing a single boat and make the finals in the Norm Evans and Gold Cup will need to decide whether to race in both finals or one or the other.  Other boats may move up accordingly.

We (the R/CU Board) is happy to answer any questions via email/phone, or conversations at upcoming races.

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Boats available for registration

Posted 8/5/2021

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

The following boats are available to register. There is a 14 day period in which entries are accepted for registrations of the following boats, after which the registration will be awarded. After this 14 day period, the boat will be registered to the first entry received. Check the R/CU rulebook for the full information.

Hull #5840, 58-61, Miss Bardahl, Gas

Hull #6740, 70, Miss U.S., Gas

Hull #6926, 69, Pride of Pay'n Pak, Gas

Hull #7207, 75, Miss Valvoline, Gas

Hull #7207, 76, Spirit of Dayton Walther, Gas

Hull #7495, 74, U-95, Nitro

Hull #8025, 80-81, Pay'n Pak, FE

Hull #8012, 80-85, Miss Budweiser, FE

Hull #8255, 83, American Speedy Printing (Red, White, Yellow), Gas

Hull #8910, 89-90, Winston Eagle, Nitro

Hull #8806, 93, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Gas

Hull #0716, 07-13, Oh Boy! Oberto, FE

Hull #0717, 12, Red Dot, Nitro

Hull #1496, 15, Miss Elam Plus, FE

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Columbia Cup race recap is now posted

Posted 8/3/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full recap, along with photos and videos, here!

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Silver Cup (August 14-15) cancelled

Posted 7/28/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board has announced that the Silver Cup, scheduled for August 14-15, has been cancelled due to continued scheduling issues with the pandemic. The R/CU Board spent a lot of time and effort into rescheduling/relocating this race, but the details could not align for 2021. 

We look forward to finishing out the season August 28-29 in Marysville, September 11-12 in Monroe, and September 24-26 in Chelan!

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Race in peace: Earl Schenck

Posted 7/26/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is sad to announce the passing of racer Earl Schenck. Earl was a longtime R/CU member who was a gentle giant. Always arriving and leaving races with a smile, Earl put everyone at ease in the pits with his humor and his good nature. Rest in peace, Earl.

Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/tricityherald/name/clifford-schenck-obituary?pid=199474222&fbclid=IwAR29SU6uF8jqF4g00auLTDiPr7ZUEIQf-JzPUG8iVNlKqCxGfgEOcEik-vo

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All you need to know about the R/CU Columbia Cup

Posted 7/21/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After a year's absence, R/CU is thankful to return to the Tri-Cities Water Follies. We are testing on Friday and racing on Saturday at the Family Fishing Pond, about 200 yards behind the Lampson Pits in Columbia Park. Check out the schedule and all you need to know about the race HERE.

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Columbia Cup passes update

Posted 7/17/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

According to Bob Brackett, passes and tickets went into the mail yesterday. Check your mail this week to find them before the weekend!

The following people did not send a self-addressed stamped envelope, therefore Bob Brackett still has your tickets at his house. Please contact Bob to arrange for pickup. He can be reached at bobbrackett67@gmail.com, or 509-627-3071.

 

Bill Brandt

Joey Caines

Robert Colean

Marc Connelly

Jeff Griffin

Paul Jackson

Brad Lewis

Mike Malloy

Scott Meyers

Ken Olson

Henry Oord

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Bernie Little Memorial race recap is now posted

Posted 7/17/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report HERE.

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All you need to know about the Bernie Little Memorial

Posted 7/6/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out this post to see all you need to know about Sunday's race in Lakewood! Check it out, because there are a couple of minor revisions since last race!

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Bernie Little Memorial (July 11) is slated for Lakewood

Posted 7/2/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

 

After a successful President's Cup in Waughop Lake (Lakewood, WA), R/CU has announced that the next round of the 2021 season (the Bernie Little Memorial) will take place on July 11 at the same site. We look forward to returning to Lakewood for the second time in 2021. This will be a one-day race, so be sure to check the website for more details soon!

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R/CU merchandise now available

Posted 6/30/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is excited to welcome R/C Logos as a new partner for merchandise! Check out their site at https://rclogos.com/. Thanks to Kevin at R/C Logos, there will be some mugs, hats, shirts, and more available for you to purchase with the R/CU logo on it. Thanks to R/C Logos for this exciting opportunity!

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President's Cup race recap is now posted

Posted 6/29/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report HERE.

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Columbia Cup is a GO

Posted 6/28/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After some time, we are happy to announce that the Columbia Cup (R/CU version) on the Family Fishing Pond during Water Follies Weekend is a go! Thanks to Bob Brackett, Scott Meyers, and all who have been working with the Water Follies and Parks departments to ensure this race can go on.

As we all know, there are currently COVID restrictions placed on the Water Follies event. The hope is that when the state lessens restrictions on June 30, these restrictions will be lessened on the Water Follies as well. In any event, please keep a close eye on the website for any additional information pertinent to the event.

 

Please pay via check made to R/CU with a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE or via the R/CU Paypal account. Any questions can be directed to Bob Brackett at bobbrackett67@gmail.com

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June Tri-Annuals due July 16

Posted 6/28/2021

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

 

Boats currently registered in R/CU in the developmental status have to pay a "Tri-Annual" fee in order to maintain the registration. For the first time in awhile, we are enacting the June Tri-Annual. Typically, these are due by the end of the month; due to the late notice they will be due July 16.

The list is maintained at the Members page under the Resources tab. See the top file titled "June Tri-Annuals." The price listed in the far right box is the amount due at this time. 

The ways to pay are listed under the Members page. If you have questions or need a reminder of the password to the members page, contact R/CU Registrar Geoffry Grembowski at ggrembo5@yahoo.com. If you do not pay by the date listed, you could lose your registration and another person could register your boat.

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Boats available to register

Posted 6/28/2021

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

The following boats are available to register in all classes. There is a 14 day period in which entries are accepted for registrations of the following boats, after which the registration will be awarded. After this 14 day period, the boat will be registered to the first entry received. Check the R/CU rulebook for the full information.

Hull 0706, U-1, 2021 Goodman Real Estate presents Miss Homestreet

Hull 1496, U-8, 2021 Miss Tri-Cities

Hull 92102.5, U-9, 2021 Pinnacle Peak Consulting

Hull 9401, U-11, 2021 J&D's

Hull 0721, U-40, 2021 Miss Beacon Plumbing

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Looking for boats and equipment for sale

Posted 6/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Interest in R/C boat racing seems to be at a new high, which is great! We've received many requests recently about any equipment or turn-key boats for sale, so please let the R/CU Board know if you have anything you are thinking of selling to potential new members! Thank you!

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All you need to know about the Dean Chenoweth Memorial 

Posted 6/2/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all the info you need to know about this weekend's race HERE.

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Champion Spark Plug Regatta race recap is now posted

Posted 5/25/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report HERE.

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R/CU returns to Lake Waughop for President's Cup

Posted 5/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is proud to announce that the President's Cup will return to a famous historical site, Lake Waughop in Lakewood, WA! Lake Waughop has a long history with model boat racing in the northwest, and is ideally located in Fort Steilacoom Park. It will be R/CU's first visit to the south-sound lake since 2012.

This will be a 1-day race. NAMBA District 8 (NW Roostertails) will be racing at the site on Saturday, and R/CU will race on Sunday (Father's Day). 

Please stay tuned to the website as we announce further details with regards to the entire weekend closer to the race date.

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R/CU returns to Lake Waughop for President's Cup

Posted 5/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is proud to announce that the President's Cup will return to a famous historical site, Lake Waughop in Lakewood, WA! Lake Waughop has a long history with model boat racing in the northwest, and is ideally located in Fort Steilacoom Park. It will be R/CU's first visit to the south-sound lake since 2012.

This will be a 1-day race. NAMBA District 8 (NW Roostertails) will be racing at the site on Saturday, and R/CU will race on Sunday (Father's Day). 

Please stay tuned to the website as we announce further details with regards to the entire weekend closer to the race date.

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Update on COVID-19 protocols

Posted 5/14/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Beginning this weekend, R/CU will follow the new CDC guidelines on wearing a mask in the RCU pit area and driver’s stand.

Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID no longer are required to wear masks outdoors at R/CU events.

R/CU will not be checking vaccination status.

For those who are not fully vaccinated, it will up to the individual whether or not to wear a mask at an R/CU event.

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All you need to know about the Champion Spark Plug Regatta

Posted 5/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all the info you need to know about this weekend's race HERE.

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Finley Race is a GO This Weekend

Posted 5/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU WILL be holding the Champion Spark Plug Regatta this weekend at Two Rivers Park in Finley.

 

The Board has been monitoring the park and working with the Parks Director to put on a safe event.

 

We have the full support of the Parks Director to put in additional tape blocking access to the water and we will also be putting additional signage that the water is closed.

 

Please be aware that we will need to work with the public to keep the race course safe.

 

This may require postponing or stopping races.

 

Please pack your patience for this weekend.

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Champion Spark Plug Regatta Race in Jeopardy of being Cancelled

Posted 5/12/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

This weekend's forecast for the Tri-Cities calls for temperatures above 90 degrees. The R/CU Board has been monitoring activity at Two Rivers Park and already the park is overflowing with swimmers, kayakers, and paddleboarders. With this activity in the water it is impossible to safely hold an R/C race at Two Rivers Park under our insurance rules. The Board is actively trying to move the race to Columbia Park but there is no confirmation that we can do this yet. A decision will be made at 2:00PM on Thursday on whether to cancel the Champion Spark Plug Race. This will allow time to cancel hotel rooms booked. Please check back for any updates.

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Dean Chenoweth Memorial and Diamond Cup relocated to Marysville

Posted 5/6/2020

By: rcuwebmaster

Thanks to the hard work of R/CU Race Coordinator Scott Meyers, R/CU has announced that the Dean Chenoweth Memorial (June 5-6) and the Diamond Cup (August 28-29) will return to Twin Lakes Park in Marysville, WA. These races are confirmed, dependent on local COVID-19 restrictions. R/CU has a long history of racing at Twin Lakes Park, and we look forward to returning in 2021.

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Atomic Cup race report 

Posted 4/25/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report, along with videos of the Finals, here!

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Bill Muncey Memorial cancelled, Ellensburg races to be moved to other locations

Posted 4/14/2021

By: The R/CU Board

R/C Unlimiteds regrettably announces the cancellation of the Bill Muncey Memorial Race, May 1-2, in Ellensburg, WA.  The next confirmed race on the schedule is now the Champion Spark Plug Regatta, May 15-16, in Finley, WA. 

We have received word from the City of Ellensburg that due to Kittitas County being on the edge of rolling back to Phase 2, they are not scheduling any events that will draw large crowds together and potentially increase COVID cases in the County.  This restriction is scheduled to last all summer.

The races that were originally schedule to be held in Ellensburg will be re-sited to different locations.  This may also result in the change of race dates. 

Please check the website frequently for updates to the confirmed 2021 race schedule.

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All you need to know about this weekend's race: 2021 Atomic Cup

Posted 4/14/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

It's time to go boat racing! This weekend is the Atomic Cup in the Tri-Cities, and we can't wait to race. 

See the Atomic Cup page for all the info you need to know about the race!

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COVID-19 safety update

Posted 4/14/2021

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

We have updated the COVID protocols for R/CU races. See below.
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Schedule Update: 4/14/2021

Posted 4/14/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact sporting events of all kinds. You might have noticed that all of the Ellensburg races still have "TBC" on the schedule page, this is because we are still awaiting word from the Ellensburg Parks that we can race. We will update you as soon as we know about the status of the 2nd race of the 2021 season and beyond.

However, we can confirm that we will be racing at Two Rivers Park in Finley, WA, this weekend and the weekend of May 15-16! Thanks to the Benton County Parks Dept, and we look forward to these races!

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Last call for renewing NAMBA memberships!

Posted 4/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Attention: there are still some R/CU members that have NOT renewed their 2021 NAMBA memberships yet! Remember, it is a requirement for you to be a member before you can race, so be sure to renew this week!

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Schedule update for 2021

Posted 3/21/21

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

We posted last week that we anticipated no further schedule revisions for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, we learned that was an inaccurate statement. See the following note from chairman, Gary Grembowski:

Scott Meyers, RCU Race Coordinator, has been working overtime in putting together this season’s RCU schedule. As you all know, the re-opening of each county has been uneven and changing rapidly. As a result, not all of our race sites and race dates have been confirmed as yet.

Please find attached our current draft schedule on the schedule tab. As we get more sites and dates confirmed, this will be updated in the schedule.

 

We do know that we are good to go for the opening race in Finley the weekend of April 17-18. We are looking forward to seeing new boats and drivers to start the season.

 

Get everything ready to go and we will see you in Tri-Cities!

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Gearing up for 2021

Posted 3/12/21

By: rcuwebmaster

With the recent governmental guidance on the pandemic, we believe that the 2021 season will be a full-go! Please keep an eye on the website for any breaking news or revisions, but for now we are anticipating that the schedule will not change.

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2021 Roger Newton Memorial R/C Hydro Show

By: rcuwebmaster

The annual Roger Newton Memorial R/C Hydro Show is virtually this weekend, the 27th of February, starting at 11:30 AM (pacific time). Due to the pandemic, the show will be hosted by the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, along with David Newton, via Zoom! Check out this page for all the info: https://www.facebook.com/events/244263010581751.

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2021 rulebooks are posted

By: The R/CU Board

The 2021 rulebooks have been updated and posted on the Rulebooks page! Check out the revision trackers, since there was minimal racing in 2020 the Board voted on minimal rulebook updates.

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Club directory is updated

By: rcuwebmaster

The latest copy of the R/CU Directory was posted under the Members page, on the Resources tab. Please take a look and email Geoffry at ggrembo5@yahoo.com for any updates or to add/remove info. You are not required to supply R/CU with all info, but we like to keep it available for all members. The Members page is behind a password; email Geoffry if you need the password.

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From the Chairman: 2021

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

R/CU Chairman Gary Grembowski has a new 2021 update from the R/CU Board! Check it out now!

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We're making updates!

By: rcuwebmaster

The website creator I use to build the entire website has made some changes to their editor. Some of the features didn't make the cut on the updates, so I am having to investigate some updates and work-arounds! Please excuse some changes coming in the near months, and don't worry! All the latest news will still be at the top of this column, and the schedule will remain updated!

Thanks for your patience!

-R/CU Webmaster, Geoffry Grembowski

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Rest in Peace, Harry Gatjens

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is sad to report that longtime member Harry Gatjens passed away last night.

 

Harry will be forever a part of R/CU, known for his hard-charging style and legacy of Budweiser boats. Not only that, he carried a sharp wit, with a unique sense of humor. Harry was also a longtime member of the R/CU Board, and volunteered for years as the race scorer.

 

Harry is 11th in R/CU career points and had 1 career victory, in the 2000 Diamond Cup. We know that he joins fellow R/CU legends in boat racing heaven, likely challenging Bernie Little to a race!

 

From R/C Unlimiteds to the Gatjens family, we extend our deepest condolences. Further information will be provided as we receive it.

From the chairman: Happy 2022!

Posted 1/3/2022

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

From the Board:

 

Happy New Year and here is to a happy, healthy and successful 2022.

 

Despite the challenges of 2021, R/CU still managed to hold nine race weekends and complete the season.  Here is a big thank you to everyone who made that happen and to the flexibility of the club members throughout the year.

 

The 2022 season planning is well underway.  Please plan on the first race on the weekend of April 9-10 at Twin Rivers Park in the Tri-Cities.  This is a bit earlier than normal due to the following weekend being Easter.  COVID willing, we will also be holding our annual awards banquet on Saturday evening before the race.  The rest of the season is still coming together.  Our return to Ellensburg is looking hopeful for 2022.  We won’t be able to confirm dates until later this month so, keep watching the website for the final schedule.

 

A number of initiatives are underway for 2022:

  • Earlier in the Fall, we requested FE members' feedback on the current starting procedure.  As you know, R/CU FE uses a unique, half course starting procedure.  We received responses from seventeen FE members with 65% in favor of keeping the current procedure.  A couple of members who originally said “NO” to keeping the current procedure circled back and eventually said keep it.  So, with those results, we will keep the current FE starting procedure.

  • For the past couple of years, we have struggled with leaks in one of the Livingston retrieve boats.  We are actively looking to replace it in 2022.  The recent winter weather has put a delay on the search but brighter days are ahead.

  • Over the past decade, R/CU has expanded to three scale classes and welcomed new racers and new boats.  Each weekend we crown three race winners.  We are undertaking an initiative to expand and update perpetual trophies for each of the classes.  If you have a current perpetual trophy, we will be contacting you and assist with getting all the winners from the past years on the trophy.  We will also be procuring new trophies for the new classes.  This initiative will take a few years to spread out the expense.  It is important though to recognize the achievements of the race winners.

 

Here are a couple more which call for particular attention:

  • Buoys.  In 2021 we went through 40 buoys at a cost of $400.  We have been searching for the right combination of a buoy that can take a hit, but not hurt the boat.  We have been unable to find that combination so we will err on the side of making buoys that will not cause major damage if hit by a boat.  We will have a good inventory of buoys going into the season.  Look for a buoy-making party in February or March.

  • Boat noise.  We have not measured boat noise in several seasons.  We have also added the gas scale class.  We currently state a 90dB level at 50 feet at full throttle in our rule book.  That particular rule was written when we had only Nitro boats.  Before applying that standard to the gas class we will need to gather and analyze appropriate data.  R/CU has purchased a db Meter and will be measuring all classes in 2022.  Please note that the NAMBA standard for all classes is 95db.

 

Keep watching the R/C Unlimiteds website for more information and updates.

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R/CU is looking for a new chase boat

Posted 12/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board is looking to procure a new chase boat for 2022 and beyond. We are in the market for new or "used-but-in-good-condition" 7' Livingston-style rowboats.

We are actively perusing websites and for sale ads, but if you happen to see one or know someone (such as a friend or neighbor) that is selling a boat we could use, please let us know! You can email chairman Gary Grembowski at ggrembo21@gmail.com.

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NW Scale Championship returns this summer!

Posted 12/16/2021

By: Mike Cathey

The Northwest Scale Championship Race is Back!

July 22, 23, 24

 

Location – Marysville, Washington at Gissberg Twin Lakes Park (north lake)

 

Classes – 1/8th scale nitro, 1/8th scale electric, Gas Scale, 1/7th scale electric, 1/10th scale electric, semi-scale Thunderboats

                  (electric boats must be configured per the NAMBA rulebook)

 

This is a great time to make it a boat racing vacation! In 10 days, scale racers can compete in the NW Scale Race, then head to the Tri-Cites for the R/C Unlimiteds Columbia Cup and H1 Race. Not to mention a stop at the Unlimited Hydroplane and Raceboat museum just south of Seattle.

 

Many of the details are still being settled and check back for details on pre-registration, hotels and RV accommodations..

 

Participants must have a valid NAMBA membership before prior to the event.

 

 NAMBA safety rules will be in effect.

 

 

Questions? email Mike Cathey at mido46@comcast.net

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Survey requested for our FE racers

Posted 12/1/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board is asking that the FE racers take a quick (less than 5 minutes) survey regarding the starting procedure that is in use by the current rulebook. Please spread the word to all FE members in R/CU, as we hope to generate feedback to determine the satisfaction level with the current ruleset!

The next board meeting is scheduled for December 14, so we are hoping you have some time in the next two weeks to take the survey.

The survey is listed at this website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L39

Thanks!

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Boats available to register

Posted 12/1/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The following boats are now available to register.

Nitro, Hull 8808, 88-90 Mr. Pringle's

Gas, Hull 8808, 88-90 Mr. Pringle's

Nitro, 5655, 61 Such Crust IV (Blue)

Nitro, Hull 7495, 81 Oh Boy! Oberto

Nitro, Hull 9399, 94-97 Pico American Dream

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Health update for R/CU member, Brandon Sano

Posted 11/8/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU has a very close knit community of racers, friends, and family. Some of you may have heard some, or all of the story below. Joey Caines writes this about our friend, Brandon Sano. We are continuing to pray and send good vibes to Brandon, as he overcomes a significant health scare.\

"Just a heads up about our friend Brandon Sano, on Thursday morning October 14, he suffered heart arrhythmia, that led to Cardiac Arrest, he was in very bad shape for the next 11 days. On the 24th and 25th the terminology the Drs were using was not very optimistic. Basically we were praying for a miracle. On the 26th, our prayers were answered. Brandon woke up. He has a long road to recovery, they installed a pacemaker and defibrillator on Friday the 5th of November I believe. I finally got to speak to him on the phone for the first time last night. He is still in the hospital in Burien and cannot have visitors. He wants to thank everyone that has been in the loop for their prayers and well wishes for him and his family. Please keep them coming as he is still in need of the prayers, love and support. He will have a long road ahead and can use any and all help that we can give him. I’m so very thankful and grateful that our friend has come back from what I will refer to as a super long nap. He wants to get back to the pond and race again but that will all depend on how he is able to recover from this traumatic episode. As of now he needs assistance getting around as he is weak and this has also affected his vision. Again keep them prayers coming for Brandon.

We love you brother, you got this and we got you."

We will send additional updates from the Sano family when we receive them. For now, continue to send prayers and well-wishes to the Sano family. You got this, Brandon!

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Call for FE and gas scale technical proposals

Posted 10/26/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board is soliciting technical proposals from the membership regarding the FE and gas scale classes. The rulebook states that technical proposals (regarding revisions to the rulebook that involve the construction/makeup of the boat) are solicited during a designated time period. Board members will discuss and make a decision before the end of the 2021 calendar year on any proposals, and the revisions will be published by January 31 of 2022.

If you have any such proposals, please submit them via email to R/CU Chairman Gary Grembowski at ggrembo21@gmail.com

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Board members confirmed

Posted 10/26/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The 2022 R/CU Board has been confirmed and began operations last week. 

First off, we want to thank all the recent board members who have participated in the recent years. Many of you have worked hard to increase the visibility, happiness, and participation within the club. Whether it was adding new classes, adding new sites, or tweaking rules, it is all appreciated!

With that, we want to thank Bill Brandt for his contributions as a board member. He has stepped down following the 2021 season, and has been a valuable contributor to increase the membership within the club over the past few years.

The 2022 R/CU Board is as follows:

Chairman: Gary Grembowski

Race Coordinator: Scott Meyers

Treasurer: Fred Olson

Inspector: Paxton Reunanen

Secretary: Jim Brittain

Statistician: Beau Rarig

Registrar: Geoffry Grembowski

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October Tri-Annuals due October 31

Posted 10/12/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The October Tri-Annual fee for boats in developmental status is due on October 31st. To view the payments required, go to the Members' page, and click the document on the top of the page entitled R/CU Registry. 

If you do not pay the amount owed in the far right column by October 31, you are at risk of losing the registration! If you have any questions, please contact Geoffry Grembowski at ggrembo5@yahoo.com.

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Roger Newton Gold Cup and Norm Evans Memorial race report is now posted

Posted 10/5/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the race recap HERE!

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Apple Cup race report is now posted

Posted 10/4/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Better late than never, check out the race recap HERE!

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Congratulations to the 2021 R/CU Champions!

Posted 10/2/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After an unusual, COVID-affected year, we THANK you for racing with R/CU in 2021. Here are the champions, look for more to come soon!

1/8th Scale Nitro Driver's: John Olson

1/8th Scale Nitro Boat: 1971 Country Boy (John Olson)

1/8th Scale Electric (FE) Driver's: Don Mock

1/8th Scale Electric (FE) Boat: 1983 KISW Miss Rock (Paxton Reunanen)

Gas Scale Driver's: John Olson

Gas Scale Boat: 1971 Country Boy (John Olson)
1/10th Scale Electric Driver's: Dylan Hirano

1/10th Scale Electric Boat: 1971 Budweiser Malt Liquor (Dylan Hirano)

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All you need to know about the Chelan race weekend

Posted 9/21/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After a crazy year, it is time for the final weekend of the 2021 season. The Roger Newton Gold Cup and Norm Evans Memorial will be held in Chelan, WA, this weekend, and we can't wait to race in the beautiful river again. Check out this post for all you need to know including parking, fuel/oil procedures, schedule (2-days of racing!), format, and more.

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Diamond Cup race report is now posted

Posted 9/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Better late than never, check out the race recap HERE!

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Free nitro available

Posted 9/16/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Marc Connelly has some FREE nitro fuel available. He writes this:

"I have some fuel that I bought for my last nitro season and never used. I called the manufacturer and they suggested that it was probably still fine. But it has been sitting in my cool, dark basement for about five seasons now. 

 

Since it has been sitting, I don’t want to sell it. It is free. It would be nice to spread it around a little, if possible. So please post, if it is appropriate. If anyone wants a gallon, just contact me.  Torco fuel, mixed lot of 50% and 60% nitro.  marc@mocreativeinc.com"

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Good luck to NAMBA Nationals racers!

Posted 9/15/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Good luck to all racers at the NAMBA Nationals that kick off this weekend in California. We will be cheering on R/CU members Henry Oord and Joey Caines as they race in multiple classes, including 1/8th scale nitro, 1/8th scale electric, and gas scale. Bring some trophies back home to the northwest!

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Call for R/CU board nominations

Posted 9/10/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is seeking nominations for the 2022 R/CU Board.  There are three open positions for the new Board.  Nominees may come from any of the RCU classes – Nitro, FE, Gas.  You may nominate another R/CU Member (with their permission) or you may self-nominate.  Please send nominations to Jim Brittain (jamesbrittain8@gmail.com).  Board members serve for a term of two years.  Board meetings are typically held once a month via Zoom.  Nominations will be open through Saturday of Gold Cup weekend in Chelan.  If more than three nominations are received, a member vote will be held.

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All you need to know about this weekend's Apple Cup

Posted 9/8/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all you need to know about this weekend's Apple Cup by reading this post here!

Check out the race site information for Lake Tye here!

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Some early questions/answers about Monroe and Lake Tye

Posted 9/7/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

 

Be on the lookout for the full "All you need to know" post, featuring the full schedule and site map of Lake Tye later this week. But, we've gotten some early questions about this brand new (to R/CU) site, so we have some early answers below!

Thanks to Jason Walters for the artwork above!

Location

Lake Tye Park, Monroe, WA (site page to come Wednesday or Thursday!)

Schedule

Saturday: The trailer will arrive at 10 AM for race site and course setup. Testing will begin following race setup. Testing will last until about 4 PM. 

Sunday: Testing will begin at 8 AM until 10 AM. There will be a drivers' meeting at 10 AM, and racing will last all day until around 5 PM.

Security

It is recommended you do NOT leave any equipment, including canopies, boats, or pit tools, at the site overnight.

Boat Fuel/Oil Collection

We will be enacting a policy similar to Chelan for collecting oils and fuels so they do not leak onto the grass. What does this mean? It means every nitro and gas scale boat MUST have a tarp, plastic bag, carpet square, or some other way to prevent fuel and oil from dripping onto the grass. We will be enforcing this closely!

As noted above, we will include more info through the week, but we hope this begins to answer some of your questions!

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R/CU registrar address change

Posted 8/16/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The address to send your checks and registration forms has changed! Geoffry Grembowski's address now is on S Edmunds St in Seattle. All addresses on the website and forms have been updated with the correct information.

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Chelan format set

Posted 8/5/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Background

Over the past several years, R/CU has added classes to the club while still maintaining a separate Roger Newton Gold Cup and Norm Evans Memorial Race Nitro at Chelan.  The result has been that in 2019 we ran almost 70 heats during the weekend.  Feedback from the club has indicated that this is too much given the constraints (boat traffic) of Chelan.  It has resulted in many negative impacts during the race – frayed nerves, arguments, difficulty getting judges due to people preparing boats, no patience with boat traffic, wrecked boats, etc.  Chelan should be a celebration of the season, not the most stressful race of the year.  As a result the Board has established the following format for 2021 which reduces the number of heats by about 20%.  The idea is to provide a less stressed pace and allow time for the inevitable boat traffic.

1/10th Scale FE

All boats entered will be drawn into one heat.  Format will be four heats, total points race.  2 heats Saturday, 2 heats Sunday.

Gas Scale

All boats will race for the Roger Newton Gold Cup.   Format will be six preliminary heats, 3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday.  Top 5 boats go into the final.  First Consolation will determine trailer boat.

1/8th Scale FE

All boats will race for the Roger Newton Gold Cup.   Format will be six preliminary heats, 3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday.  Top 6 boats go into the final.  First Consolation will determine trailer boat.

1/8th Scale Nitro

The Roger Newton Gold Cup and the Norm Evans Memorial will be run concurrently.  Participants may enter 1 or 2 boats in the races.  There will be one set of preliminary heats to determine the line up for the Gold Cup Finals and Norm Evans Finals.

 

If you enter one boat into the race

  • Your boat will be entered into the Gold Cup and Norm Evans races

  • For the first four preliminary heats your points will go toward the Gold Cup and Norm Evans.  Example – you finish second in Heat 1B.  You will earn 300 points for the Gold Cup and 300 points for the Norm Evans.  For season points, you will receive 600 points.

  • For rounds five and six, your points will only count towards the Gold Cup.

 

If you enter two boats into the race

  • You must designate which boat will be your Gold Cup boat and which boat will be your Norm Evans boat.  There will be no changing following the start of the race.

  • You will race both boats in the preliminary heats similar to what you do in a regular race.

  • Points earned with your Gold Cup boat will go toward the Gold Cup finals.  Points earned with your Norm Evans boat will go toward the Norm Evans finals.  Both points will count towards your season points.

 

Race format:

  • All boats will be drawn into preliminary heats as in a regular race.

  • Three heats will be run on Saturday, three on Sunday

  • Following the 4th round of preliminary heats, the Finals for the Norm Evans will be determined.  The top 6 Norm Evans boats will make the Final, next 5 to the 1st Consolation for the trailer position.

  • If you have a second boat in the Norm Evans, you will not run it in sections 5 and 6.

  • All remaining Gold Cup boats will be drawn in Section 5 & 6.

  • Following section 6, the Gold Cup finals will be determined, top 6 to the final, next 5 to the 1st Consolation, etc.

  • Racers that are racing a single boat and make the finals in the Norm Evans and Gold Cup will need to decide whether to race in both finals or one or the other.  Other boats may move up accordingly.

We (the R/CU Board) is happy to answer any questions via email/phone, or conversations at upcoming races.

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Boats available for registration

Posted 8/5/2021

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

The following boats are available to register. There is a 14 day period in which entries are accepted for registrations of the following boats, after which the registration will be awarded. After this 14 day period, the boat will be registered to the first entry received. Check the R/CU rulebook for the full information.

Hull #5840, 58-61, Miss Bardahl, Gas

Hull #6740, 70, Miss U.S., Gas

Hull #6926, 69, Pride of Pay'n Pak, Gas

Hull #7207, 75, Miss Valvoline, Gas

Hull #7207, 76, Spirit of Dayton Walther, Gas

Hull #7495, 74, U-95, Nitro

Hull #8025, 80-81, Pay'n Pak, FE

Hull #8012, 80-85, Miss Budweiser, FE

Hull #8255, 83, American Speedy Printing (Red, White, Yellow), Gas

Hull #8910, 89-90, Winston Eagle, Nitro

Hull #8806, 93, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Gas

Hull #0716, 07-13, Oh Boy! Oberto, FE

Hull #0717, 12, Red Dot, Nitro

Hull #1496, 15, Miss Elam Plus, FE

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Columbia Cup race recap is now posted

Posted 8/3/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full recap, along with photos and videos, here!

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Silver Cup (August 14-15) cancelled

Posted 7/28/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

The R/CU Board has announced that the Silver Cup, scheduled for August 14-15, has been cancelled due to continued scheduling issues with the pandemic. The R/CU Board spent a lot of time and effort into rescheduling/relocating this race, but the details could not align for 2021. 

We look forward to finishing out the season August 28-29 in Marysville, September 11-12 in Monroe, and September 24-26 in Chelan!

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Race in peace: Earl Schenck

Posted 7/26/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is sad to announce the passing of racer Earl Schenck. Earl was a longtime R/CU member who was a gentle giant. Always arriving and leaving races with a smile, Earl put everyone at ease in the pits with his humor and his good nature. Rest in peace, Earl.

Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/tricityherald/name/clifford-schenck-obituary?pid=199474222&fbclid=IwAR29SU6uF8jqF4g00auLTDiPr7ZUEIQf-JzPUG8iVNlKqCxGfgEOcEik-vo

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All you need to know about the R/CU Columbia Cup

Posted 7/21/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After a year's absence, R/CU is thankful to return to the Tri-Cities Water Follies. We are testing on Friday and racing on Saturday at the Family Fishing Pond, about 200 yards behind the Lampson Pits in Columbia Park. Check out the schedule and all you need to know about the race HERE.

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Columbia Cup passes update

Posted 7/17/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

According to Bob Brackett, passes and tickets went into the mail yesterday. Check your mail this week to find them before the weekend!

The following people did not send a self-addressed stamped envelope, therefore Bob Brackett still has your tickets at his house. Please contact Bob to arrange for pickup. He can be reached at bobbrackett67@gmail.com, or 509-627-3071.

 

Bill Brandt

Joey Caines

Robert Colean

Marc Connelly

Jeff Griffin

Paul Jackson

Brad Lewis

Mike Malloy

Scott Meyers

Ken Olson

Henry Oord

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Bernie Little Memorial race recap is now posted

Posted 7/17/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report HERE.

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All you need to know about the Bernie Little Memorial

Posted 7/6/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out this post to see all you need to know about Sunday's race in Lakewood! Check it out, because there are a couple of minor revisions since last race!

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Bernie Little Memorial (July 11) is slated for Lakewood

Posted 7/2/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

 

After a successful President's Cup in Waughop Lake (Lakewood, WA), R/CU has announced that the next round of the 2021 season (the Bernie Little Memorial) will take place on July 11 at the same site. We look forward to returning to Lakewood for the second time in 2021. This will be a one-day race, so be sure to check the website for more details soon!

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R/CU merchandise now available

Posted 6/30/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is excited to welcome R/C Logos as a new partner for merchandise! Check out their site at https://rclogos.com/. Thanks to Kevin at R/C Logos, there will be some mugs, hats, shirts, and more available for you to purchase with the R/CU logo on it. Thanks to R/C Logos for this exciting opportunity!

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President's Cup race recap is now posted

Posted 6/29/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report HERE.

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Columbia Cup is a GO

Posted 6/28/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

After some time, we are happy to announce that the Columbia Cup (R/CU version) on the Family Fishing Pond during Water Follies Weekend is a go! Thanks to Bob Brackett, Scott Meyers, and all who have been working with the Water Follies and Parks departments to ensure this race can go on.

As we all know, there are currently COVID restrictions placed on the Water Follies event. The hope is that when the state lessens restrictions on June 30, these restrictions will be lessened on the Water Follies as well. In any event, please keep a close eye on the website for any additional information pertinent to the event.

 

Please pay via check made to R/CU with a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE or via the R/CU Paypal account. Any questions can be directed to Bob Brackett at bobbrackett67@gmail.com

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June Tri-Annuals due July 16

Posted 6/28/2021

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

 

Boats currently registered in R/CU in the developmental status have to pay a "Tri-Annual" fee in order to maintain the registration. For the first time in awhile, we are enacting the June Tri-Annual. Typically, these are due by the end of the month; due to the late notice they will be due July 16.

The list is maintained at the Members page under the Resources tab. See the top file titled "June Tri-Annuals." The price listed in the far right box is the amount due at this time. 

The ways to pay are listed under the Members page. If you have questions or need a reminder of the password to the members page, contact R/CU Registrar Geoffry Grembowski at ggrembo5@yahoo.com. If you do not pay by the date listed, you could lose your registration and another person could register your boat.

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Boats available to register

Posted 6/28/2021

By: R/CU Registrar, Geoffry Grembowski

The following boats are available to register in all classes. There is a 14 day period in which entries are accepted for registrations of the following boats, after which the registration will be awarded. After this 14 day period, the boat will be registered to the first entry received. Check the R/CU rulebook for the full information.

Hull 0706, U-1, 2021 Goodman Real Estate presents Miss Homestreet

Hull 1496, U-8, 2021 Miss Tri-Cities

Hull 92102.5, U-9, 2021 Pinnacle Peak Consulting

Hull 9401, U-11, 2021 J&D's

Hull 0721, U-40, 2021 Miss Beacon Plumbing

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Looking for boats and equipment for sale

Posted 6/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Interest in R/C boat racing seems to be at a new high, which is great! We've received many requests recently about any equipment or turn-key boats for sale, so please let the R/CU Board know if you have anything you are thinking of selling to potential new members! Thank you!

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All you need to know about the Dean Chenoweth Memorial 

Posted 6/2/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all the info you need to know about this weekend's race HERE.

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Champion Spark Plug Regatta race recap is now posted

Posted 5/25/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report HERE.

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R/CU returns to Lake Waughop for President's Cup

Posted 5/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is proud to announce that the President's Cup will return to a famous historical site, Lake Waughop in Lakewood, WA! Lake Waughop has a long history with model boat racing in the northwest, and is ideally located in Fort Steilacoom Park. It will be R/CU's first visit to the south-sound lake since 2012.

This will be a 1-day race. NAMBA District 8 (NW Roostertails) will be racing at the site on Saturday, and R/CU will race on Sunday (Father's Day). 

Please stay tuned to the website as we announce further details with regards to the entire weekend closer to the race date.

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R/CU returns to Lake Waughop for President's Cup

Posted 5/20/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is proud to announce that the President's Cup will return to a famous historical site, Lake Waughop in Lakewood, WA! Lake Waughop has a long history with model boat racing in the northwest, and is ideally located in Fort Steilacoom Park. It will be R/CU's first visit to the south-sound lake since 2012.

This will be a 1-day race. NAMBA District 8 (NW Roostertails) will be racing at the site on Saturday, and R/CU will race on Sunday (Father's Day). 

Please stay tuned to the website as we announce further details with regards to the entire weekend closer to the race date.

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Update on COVID-19 protocols

Posted 5/14/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Beginning this weekend, R/CU will follow the new CDC guidelines on wearing a mask in the RCU pit area and driver’s stand.

Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID no longer are required to wear masks outdoors at R/CU events.

R/CU will not be checking vaccination status.

For those who are not fully vaccinated, it will up to the individual whether or not to wear a mask at an R/CU event.

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All you need to know about the Champion Spark Plug Regatta

Posted 5/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out all the info you need to know about this weekend's race HERE.

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Finley Race is a GO This Weekend

Posted 5/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU WILL be holding the Champion Spark Plug Regatta this weekend at Two Rivers Park in Finley.

 

The Board has been monitoring the park and working with the Parks Director to put on a safe event.

 

We have the full support of the Parks Director to put in additional tape blocking access to the water and we will also be putting additional signage that the water is closed.

 

Please be aware that we will need to work with the public to keep the race course safe.

 

This may require postponing or stopping races.

 

Please pack your patience for this weekend.

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Champion Spark Plug Regatta Race in Jeopardy of being Cancelled

Posted 5/12/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

This weekend's forecast for the Tri-Cities calls for temperatures above 90 degrees. The R/CU Board has been monitoring activity at Two Rivers Park and already the park is overflowing with swimmers, kayakers, and paddleboarders. With this activity in the water it is impossible to safely hold an R/C race at Two Rivers Park under our insurance rules. The Board is actively trying to move the race to Columbia Park but there is no confirmation that we can do this yet. A decision will be made at 2:00PM on Thursday on whether to cancel the Champion Spark Plug Race. This will allow time to cancel hotel rooms booked. Please check back for any updates.

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Dean Chenoweth Memorial and Diamond Cup relocated to Marysville

Posted 5/6/2020

By: rcuwebmaster

Thanks to the hard work of R/CU Race Coordinator Scott Meyers, R/CU has announced that the Dean Chenoweth Memorial (June 5-6) and the Diamond Cup (August 28-29) will return to Twin Lakes Park in Marysville, WA. These races are confirmed, dependent on local COVID-19 restrictions. R/CU has a long history of racing at Twin Lakes Park, and we look forward to returning in 2021.

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Atomic Cup race report 

Posted 4/25/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Check out the full race report, along with videos of the Finals, here!

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Bill Muncey Memorial cancelled, Ellensburg races to be moved to other locations

Posted 4/14/2021

By: The R/CU Board

R/C Unlimiteds regrettably announces the cancellation of the Bill Muncey Memorial Race, May 1-2, in Ellensburg, WA.  The next confirmed race on the schedule is now the Champion Spark Plug Regatta, May 15-16, in Finley, WA. 

We have received word from the City of Ellensburg that due to Kittitas County being on the edge of rolling back to Phase 2, they are not scheduling any events that will draw large crowds together and potentially increase COVID cases in the County.  This restriction is scheduled to last all summer.

The races that were originally schedule to be held in Ellensburg will be re-sited to different locations.  This may also result in the change of race dates. 

Please check the website frequently for updates to the confirmed 2021 race schedule.

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All you need to know about this weekend's race: 2021 Atomic Cup

Posted 4/14/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

It's time to go boat racing! This weekend is the Atomic Cup in the Tri-Cities, and we can't wait to race. 

See the Atomic Cup page for all the info you need to know about the race!

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COVID-19 safety update

Posted 4/14/2021

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

We have updated the COVID protocols for R/CU races. See below.
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Schedule Update: 4/14/2021

Posted 4/14/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact sporting events of all kinds. You might have noticed that all of the Ellensburg races still have "TBC" on the schedule page, this is because we are still awaiting word from the Ellensburg Parks that we can race. We will update you as soon as we know about the status of the 2nd race of the 2021 season and beyond.

However, we can confirm that we will be racing at Two Rivers Park in Finley, WA, this weekend and the weekend of May 15-16! Thanks to the Benton County Parks Dept, and we look forward to these races!

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Last call for renewing NAMBA memberships!

Posted 4/13/2021

By: rcuwebmaster

Attention: there are still some R/CU members that have NOT renewed their 2021 NAMBA memberships yet! Remember, it is a requirement for you to be a member before you can race, so be sure to renew this week!

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Schedule update for 2021

Posted 3/21/21

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

We posted last week that we anticipated no further schedule revisions for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, we learned that was an inaccurate statement. See the following note from chairman, Gary Grembowski:

Scott Meyers, RCU Race Coordinator, has been working overtime in putting together this season’s RCU schedule. As you all know, the re-opening of each county has been uneven and changing rapidly. As a result, not all of our race sites and race dates have been confirmed as yet.

Please find attached our current draft schedule on the schedule tab. As we get more sites and dates confirmed, this will be updated in the schedule.

 

We do know that we are good to go for the opening race in Finley the weekend of April 17-18. We are looking forward to seeing new boats and drivers to start the season.

 

Get everything ready to go and we will see you in Tri-Cities!

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Gearing up for 2021

Posted 3/12/21

By: rcuwebmaster

With the recent governmental guidance on the pandemic, we believe that the 2021 season will be a full-go! Please keep an eye on the website for any breaking news or revisions, but for now we are anticipating that the schedule will not change.

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2021 Roger Newton Memorial R/C Hydro Show

By: rcuwebmaster

The annual Roger Newton Memorial R/C Hydro Show is virtually this weekend, the 27th of February, starting at 11:30 AM (pacific time). Due to the pandemic, the show will be hosted by the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, along with David Newton, via Zoom! Check out this page for all the info: https://www.facebook.com/events/244263010581751.

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2021 rulebooks are posted

By: The R/CU Board

The 2021 rulebooks have been updated and posted on the Rulebooks page! Check out the revision trackers, since there was minimal racing in 2020 the Board voted on minimal rulebook updates.

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Club directory is updated

By: rcuwebmaster

The latest copy of the R/CU Directory was posted under the Members page, on the Resources tab. Please take a look and email Geoffry at ggrembo5@yahoo.com for any updates or to add/remove info. You are not required to supply R/CU with all info, but we like to keep it available for all members. The Members page is behind a password; email Geoffry if you need the password.

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From the Chairman: 2021

By: R/CU Chairman, Gary Grembowski

R/CU Chairman Gary Grembowski has a new 2021 update from the R/CU Board! Check it out now!

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We're making updates!

By: rcuwebmaster

The website creator I use to build the entire website has made some changes to their editor. Some of the features didn't make the cut on the updates, so I am having to investigate some updates and work-arounds! Please excuse some changes coming in the near months, and don't worry! All the latest news will still be at the top of this column, and the schedule will remain updated!

Thanks for your patience!

-R/CU Webmaster, Geoffry Grembowski

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Rest in Peace, Harry Gatjens

By: rcuwebmaster

R/CU is sad to report that longtime member Harry Gatjens passed away last night.

 

Harry will be forever a part of R/CU, known for his hard-charging style and legacy of Budweiser boats. Not only that, he carried a sharp wit, with a unique sense of humor. Harry was also a longtime member of the R/CU Board, and volunteered for years as the race scorer.

 

Harry is 11th in R/CU career points and had 1 career victory, in the 2000 Diamond Cup. We know that he joins fellow R/CU legends in boat racing heaven, likely challenging Bernie Little to a race!

 

From R/C Unlimiteds to the Gatjens family, we extend our deepest condolences. Further information will be provided as we receive it.