Our contest directors for this race have cancelled the Champion Spark Plug Regatta due to safety concerns of the rain storm and high winds expected in Chehalis on Sunday, March 13, 2016. We apologize for the inconvenience.   

Champion Sparkplug Regatta 

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I hope everyone had a great off season and is ready to race this Sunday!


Brad, John, and Kerry are our contest directors for the first race of the season - the Champion Spark Plug Regatta.  In order to plan accordingly, please RSVP to let us know if you will be attending the race.  They will be bringing coffee and light refreshments, so be sure to thank them!


We will be taking a break about halfway through the day, so don't forget your lunch!  Please feel free to bring something to share, if you are so inclined.  I'd like this break to be more about hanging out with friends, than working on the boats, if possible.


Let's go racing!


Chairman's Updates

Teresa Payne, Madame Chairman

ATTENTION:  The ERCU Board and General Membership Meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 5th, has been CANCELLED.



INSPECTIONS:  All boats must be fully inspected before competition.  If your boat has not been inspected, please complete the top section of the hull inspection form and bring it to your first race.  Plan on arriving early to allow time for inspections.  You will not be allowed to test your boat on the water until after it has been inspected.



LAST CHANCE:  Robbie will be available for inspections on Sunday, March 6th, between 10am-2pm, at Fife Pond, during Classic Thunder’s Test and Tech Event.  This is your last opportunity to have your boat inspected prior to the first ERCU club race.  It is highly recommended that you take advantage of this offer.



RACE DAY:  The Champion Spark Plug Regatta is coming up on Sunday, March 13th at Fort Borst in Centralia.  Drivers' meeting will be at 9:30am and racing will begin at 10:00am.  John Earnest, Kerry Kjos, and Brad Lewis will be our Contest Directors for this event.  They will be bringing coffee and light refreshments, so please be sure to thank them.



BREAK TIME:  There will be at least a 30-minute break for lunch at each race.  Bring your lunch and something to share, if you wish, and enjoy the camaraderie.



PLEASE BE AWARE:  The Board respectfully requests that all racers review the rulebook before our first event.  We don't want anyone to be surprised by calls that may have been overlooked in previous seasons.  In my last message, I pointed out 5 simple things that you can do to work towards our goal of clean racing and good sportsmanship.  This time, I would like to point out a few examples of things to remember:


1.       Hold your lane.  There should be 2 feet between you and the boats on either side of you.

2.       Safely switch lanes.  There should be 6 boat lengths (18 feet) between you and the boat behind you, before switching lanes.

3.       Boats on the course have the right of way.  If you are entering the course, wait for boats already on the course to clear you before entering.  If you are entering the back stretch from the middle of the course during the mill, yield to the boats on the course and enter safely behind them.


Thank you and happy racing!


Teresa, Madam Chairman



Our first race of the season will be the Champion Spark Plug Regatta at Fort Borst on Sunday, March 13th, 2016. Start times have changed!  This season, driver's meetings will be held at 9:30am.  Racing will begin at 10:00am

Everyone should be set up, inspected, and signed in by 9:30am on race days.


2016 ERCU Season and Race Schedule:


March 13th, 2016 (Sunday) – Champion Spark Plug Regatta at Fort Borst

April 3rd, 2016 (Sunday) – Seafair Trophy Race at Cherokee Bay

April 23rd, 2016 (Saturday) – Fred Leland Memorial at Lake Alice Joy

May 1st, 2016 (Sunday) – Oregon Emerald Cup at Lake Sacajawea

May 15th, 2016 (Sunday) – Bernie Little Memorial at Fort Borst

May 28th, 2016 (Saturday) – Stan Sayres Memorial at Twin Lakes* 

June 25th, 2016 (Saturday) – President’s Cup at Lake Waughop

July 9th, 2016 (Saturday) – Jack Regas Memorial at Lake Waughop* 

August 27th, 2016 (Sunday) – Roger Newton Memorial at Lake Alice Joy

September 11th, 2016 (Sunday) – Governor’s Cup at Lake Sacajawea

September 24th, 2016 (Saturday) – Gold Cup at Lake Silverado

October 2nd, 2016 (Sunday) – Diamond Cup at Lake Sacajawea

*ERCU/ESU combined


Important Reminders:


Your club dues, boat registration(s), and NAMBA membership must all be current to be eligible to race.  Your boat also needs to pass scale and technical inspections.  I am asking that everyone do their best to have these items squared away prior to the first race of the season.




In order to achieve our goal of clean racing and good sportsmanship this season, the Board is encouraging all club members to read the ERCU Rulebook.  As a club member, you are expected to know and abide by the club rules.  We don't want anyone to be surprised.  Rather than going over all of the things that the rulebook says you can't do, I want to point out the 5 simple things that you can do in order to prevent any penalties:


1.  Make a clean start.

2.  Hold your lane.

3.  Avoid hitting any other boats.

4.  Park in the infield, from the back stretch, when you are finished racing.

5.  Have a great attitude.


Thank you and happy racing!


Teresa - Madam Chairman




The first meeting of the 2016 ERCU Board is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 10:00am in the library at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.


Being new to the board, I am asking that this first meeting be for board members only, while we get organized.


I would, however, like to encourage any members to send me thoughts, questions, comments or concerns that they would like the board to consider.  This includes suggestions for rule changes.  I’d like to start looking into these before our first general club meeting which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 9th, 2016.


We have a busy year of racing ahead of us and I would like to see every member of the club strive for good sportsmanship and clean racing throughout this season and going forward.


Please contact me anytime with questions, comments, or concerns at terivangogo@msn.com.


Best wishes and good racing,



Madam Chairman

Hello, Race Fans!


This summer brought us the NAMBA Nationals, the Tri-Cities Water Follies, and Seafair in Seattle, among many other boat racing events around the region.  I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer full of racing adventures!


As the season turns, the changing leaves also bring around the end of our racing season.


We have two races left and I hope to see you all there.  First up, we have the Governor’s Cup at Lake Sacajawea this coming Sunday, September 11th. Craig Bradshaw, our CD for the race has requested a PotLuck. He will bring the fixings for the dagwood sandwhiches and if your last name is A-K (Dessert) and L-Z bring a side dish of your choice :)


Our final race of the season will be the Gold Cup at Lake Silverado on Saturday, September 24th.


Sadly, the Diamond Cup at Lake Sacajawea on Sunday, October 2nd, has been cancelled.  Thank you to everyone that participated in our poll.


I’d also like to thank everyone that has thrown their name in the ring or nominated a fellow member to participate on the ERCU Board.  If you are interesting in participating or know of someone that you think would be a great addition to the Board, please send in your name or nomination.


I am planning on mailing out ballots before the end of the month.  If you have been nominated, please respond to the message that you received and let us know if you accept your nomination.


And don’t fret, I’m currently working on arranging our end of year banquet and hope to have a couple surprises for you.  More information to come...


Thank you again to everyone that has participated this season and I hope to see you all at Lake Sacajawea and Lake Silverado!


Go fast, turn left –


2016 E-RCU Latest News

Race Updates and More Information.


Gold Cup Race Details
9:30am - Drivers Meeting
Immediately After Drivers Meeting - Time Trails will begin. This race will feature 4 heats followed by Consolations and the Finals in both Vintage and Modern.
Location: Lake Silverado (Adna, Washington)
The Gold Cup. 
The name invokes a time honored tradition of long brutal heats with everyone bringing their A-Game to win this coveted trophy.  There will be a potluck and snack food provided throughout the day. As per our standard practice and to make sure that other drivers don't get hangry - we need racers with last names of
A-I to bring A Main Dish (Cold Chicken, Cold Cut Sandwiches)
J - P Sides (Potato Salad, Chips, Cookies) 
Q-Z Desserts (Oreos, Jello, Cake - or a birthday cake for Kerry Kjos).
Everyone please bring your own drinks. 

ERCU Annual Board Elections.

 Official ballots were mailed on October 7th.

  • Please use the addressed/stamped envelope included to return your ballot before Monday, October 31st. If you have not received your ballot by October 14th, please use the Contact Us section to email us and confirm that we have your correct address on file.

  • Please use the ballot that you were sent . Please do not make any additional copies.

  • Please do not make any identifying marks on the ballot. Please do not include any notes in the return envelope with the ballot.

In order to ensure privacy and an accurate vote, ballots have been individually number. This was done to prevent copies being made and does not in any way correspond to the member the ballot was sent to. All ballots are to remain anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Off Season News:

2016 Mahogany & Merlot Vintage Boat and Car Event 

These are photos of Mahogany and Merlot at Lake Chelan in 2016. On Friday Teresa, JimmeJames and I got to ride with N. Mark Evan's in his 4 seater. It was a wonderful time to be with Mark. He is so positive and great voice of hydro's. This is his Flip and Win hull. Now he has changed the turbine to 2 outboards with 300 HP each and added seats so he can take people for rides. We went 75 mph. 

On Saturday the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum offered rides in their vintage boats. The Museum dressed all riders in full racing gear and I ended up with the yellow helmet. I wanted to ride in OH! Boy Oberto as in 1961 and 1962 that hull was the Lumberville that I race the model of in 1/10 scale for ERCU. I am the little guy on the left side of the hull. Josh was a large crew member that drove the boat. We went 130MPH on the straights and about 75 MPH in the corners. In one of the photos by Chris Denslow you can see me holding my arm up and thumb up to show Josh all is well as we come through the corner. Josh let me drive the boat on the last lap down the back stretch again at 130 MPH. To get a ride in one of the museum boats you can buy a ride or earn a ride by working in the museum on their many projects. My thumb is still up and will be looking forward to another ride in the future.


- John Earnest