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Seafair Cup: What you need to know

The 2020 ERCU Seafair Cup is set to be run on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview. Here is all you need to know about the day.


This will be the last race of the 2020 ERCU Championship Series.

Due to the Covid guidelines, we cannot do a picnic or buffet lunch. Please bring whatever food you’d like to eat during the event, and eat at your own convenience. We will not take a lunch break, in order to get the race in as promptly as possible considering weather and available daylight.

The local forecast is calling for rain through the course of the day. You’ll want to bring your EZ Ups and protection from the weather for your transmitters.

Classes

  • 1/10-scale FE

  • 1/7 scale FE

  • 1/8 scale FE

Location

Lake Sacajawea Park, Longview, WA

(approximately 1700 Nichols Blvd., Longview, WA 98632)

Restroom Facilities

ERCU has rented a Honey Bucket for the day. The Honey Bucket will be delivered on Friday afternoon prior to the race. It will be locked overnight so it’s kept clean for our use on Saturday. The permanent facilities at the park will be locked and unavailable to us.

Saturday

ERCU Board of Directors members will arrive on site at 7 a.m. to set up the club’s equipment, the pits and the racecourse. The course will open for testing and practice at approximately 8:30 a.m. Open water will close at 9:30 a.m. to be followed by the mandatory drivers meeting.

If your boats need an inspection, please have them ready for inspection prior to your arrival and arrange for scale and technical inspections to be done before you take to open water. You’ll need to have your inspection sheets filled in prior to inspections.

Drivers Meeting

A mandatory drivers meeting will be held at 9:40 a.m. at the official barge. This meeting will be mandatory for ALL drivers, regardless of scale, size, class or club of origin. It is for safety and communication purposes, so ALL drivers must attend the meeting in its entirety.

Heat Racing

Heat racing will begin five minutes after the conclusion of the drivers meeting.

Three Minute Clock

Due to the recent move to Standard Time, a three-minute start clock will be used for every heat. In order to avoid delays to the day’s racing, once the clock is started for a heat, it will not be paused or stopped for any reason. If you need time between back-to-back heats, please alert the chief referee before the three-minute clock has started.

Race Format

  • Three preliminary heats of five laps each for vintage, classic and modern classes

  • First and second connies for both classes (depending on boat count and attrition). Second connie winner advances to first connie as a trailer. First connie winner advances to the final as a trailer.

  • Second place boat in the first connie is an alternate for the final.

  • Winner-take-all championship finals for vintage, classic and modern.

Defending Champions

Modern Gold Cup: 1974 Miss U.S., Gerry Bordon

Vintage Gold Cup: 1960 Miss Thriftway, David Newton (Owner: Kerry Kjos)

1/7 Scale FE, 1/8 Scale FE

  • Scale FE boats in these two classes will be allowed to race during the event.

  • 1/8 scale will race as an exhibition, due to our agreement with R/CU.

  • 1/7 scale will only race as an official race if there are a minimum of three boats running in each heat and will be scored by 1/7-scale racers. Otherwise, the class shall be run as an exhibition.

Payment

In ERCU, your first boat is $10 to enter, paid on Saturday morning at registration. Each additional entry, regardless of class, is $5. Please pay via exact change or bring a check made payable to ERCU.

Safety Plan

Please familiarize yourself with the ERCU Safe Start Plan (click here). We need every member to follow this if you want to continue racing in 2020!

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