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    Long Beach to Catalina Race info - lb2cat 7-22-7

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    APBA Offshore Racing

    PRESS RELEASE
    Fax Entry Form - 1803 Morgan Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 Phone (562) 633-6200 Fax (562) 633-8789 [email protected]
    Contact: Ross Wallach - 310-318-4012 [email protected] | Mike Follmer 714-241-9600 [email protected]

    REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA – May 2, 2007 - RPM Racing Enterprises released today the final details, plans and schedule for the 2007 APBA Offshore National Championship Long Beach 2 Catalina & Back PWC Race. Three separate racing events will comprise the Long Beach Power Fest which will take place over the weekend of July 21st & 22nd, and are an integral part of the City of Long Beach’s summer long Sea Festival. In addition to the very fast Personal Water Crafts on Sunday morning the Long Beach Power Fest will feature the 59th Annual Long Beach to Catalina Water Ski Race on Saturday morning, and the 76th Annual Offshore Power Boat Challenge on Sunday.

    Ross Wallach, president of RPM Racing Enterprises said, “We’re very excited to be promoting two of these three events, the PWC race and the Offshore Power Boat Challenge, and being able to work with everyone involved to make this unbelievable event become a reality. The combining of forces offers a plethora of new opportunities to make this entire weekend an overwhelming success”.
    Five classes of personal water craft are expected to swell to over 100 boats as the news of the weekend of racing stirs interest in the entire personal water craft community to enter and be a part of this momentous weekend. Offshore PWC racers from across the country are clamoring to get their entries in and compete with the elite West Coast group of offshore endurance experts try to break the new records in every class set last year for the challenging channel crossing.

    The 2007 overall winner, Patrick Roque of Huntington Beach, CA will be back again to defend his title on a Sea Doo RXP. Among the early entries is Johnny Anick, Newhall, CA on a SeaDoo RXT, John Belton, Marina Del Ray, CA on a Kawasaki Ultra 250, Billy Womack, Long Beach, CA on a Sea Doo RXT, Mike Follmer, Newport Beach, CA on a Yamaha FX HO, Steve Friebe, Clovis, CA on a Sea Doo RXP, Paul Phan, Fountain Valley, CA on a Sea Doo RXP, Tracy Malan, Barstow, CA on a Kawasaki Ultra 250, K. C. Heidler, Santa Fe Springs, CA on a Yamaha GP1200R, Lee Phan Fountain Valley, CA on a Sea Doo RXP, Nick Vanis, Los Almitos, Ca on a Sea Doo RXT, Kim Bishong, Huntington Beach, Ca on a Kawasaki Ultra 250, Tony Beck, Lake Havasu City, AZ on a Kawasaki Ultra 250, Cheng Leu, Fresno, CA on a Sea Doo RXT, Steve West, Phoenix, AZ on a Sea Doo RXP,

    This race for the APBA Offshore National Championship will start off in a land rush start in Los Alamitos Bay near the Queen Mary in Long Beach at 8:00 AM by a flagman on an official vessel anchored in the harbor. The PWC’s will proceed from the start out through the Queens Gate entrance to the Los Angeles Harbor into the Pacific Ocean on a straight line across the channel to Catalina Island. Navigation always plays a large part in any offshore race but particularly here where racers lose sight of land and all fixed reference points at some time going in both directions. PWC racers are required to have a GPS system, compass, radio, cell phone and numerous other safety items in order to make the potentially dangerous crossing as safe as possible. When the PWC’s arrive at Catalina, they will have to negotiate around a three masted schooner with a large marker flying overhead that will be anchored one mile offshore and have race officials on board documenting their passage. With helicopters overhead guiding and filming the event, the fleet of PWC’s will proceed back to Long Beach along the same route they just traversed the channel on to reach the finish line just off the stern of the start/finish vessel. The entire event, as well as the other two events this Long Beach Offshore Power Fest weekend will be filmed for later editing and broadcast on the new, national Water Channel. The race is also expected to garner the largest and most diversified media coverage ever for boat racing because of the popularity of the three completely different types of races being run and the importance the City of Long Beach is placing on this weekend of events.
    The renewed national interest in PWC racing and the emergence of the American Power Boat Association (APBA) as the sanctioning body and driving force in PWC racing have contributed to the promoter’s expectation that over 100 riders will be vying for titles in this race. In addition to the safety equipment required by the APBA rule book, several additional safety items will be required of the racers to insure a safe trip across the channel to Catalina and back, and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Long Beach Lifeguards will be providing support for the events. An announcement will be made soon regarding which emergency water service has been contracted with to provide racers with towing and on the water emergency service, as well as the announcement of a host hotel that will serve as race headquarters.

    Promoter Ross Wallach said, “I can guarantee everyone involved that I intend to raise the bar even higher with this event after what we learned from last year to ensure that every racer, fan and sponsor carries away enough memories to last them until next year along with some fantastic trophies for overall and class winners”. Race specifics and entry forms are forthcoming so be ready to enter soon because there will be no race day entries accepted.

    All the components are converging to make this weekend of events the most talked about and must participate in extravaganzas of all time. Come to the Long Beach Sea Festival, Long Beach Power Fest, and race in the 2007 APBA Offshore National Championship Long Beach 2 Catalina & Back PWC Race and create your own memories.
    1803 Morgan Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 Phone (562) 633-6200 Fax (562) 633-8789 [email protected]


    Schedule of Events

    July 20, 2007 (Friday)
    10:00am-5:00pm Registration: Dry Pits PWC/POPRA “Marina Green Park”
    9:00am-5:00pm Dry Pits open PWC/POPRA: Marine Green Park
    10:00am-5:00pm Inspection: Dry Pits Marine Green Park
    7:00pm – 8:00pm Mandatory Drivers Meeting (POPRA): Hyatt “Shoreline Room A & B”
    8:00pm-10:00pm POPRA/AMF Party: Hyatt Pool area (All Participants invited
    Offshore/PWC)

    July 21, 2007 (Saturday)
    9:00am-5:00pm Registration: Dry Pits POPRA Trailer “Marina Green Park”
    8:00am-5:00pm Inspection: Dry Pits Marine Green Park
    8:00am-11:00am Catalina Ski Race (Start): East Ocean drive
    9:00am-5:00pm Dry Pits open: Marine Green Park
    9:00am-5:00pm Fueling: F & L “offsite”
    9:00am-5:00pm Crane: Shoreline drive across from Hyatt
    10:30am-3:30 pm PWC Registration/Safety Inspection open “Marina Green Park”pit area.
    8:00am-5:00pm Wet Pits: Rainbow Marina
    1:00pm-4:00pm Testing: Long Beach Harbor
    4:00pm-5:00pm PWC Drivers meeting: Hyatt “Shoreline Room A & B”


    July 22, 2007 (Sunday)
    6:30am-7:30am Physicals (POPRA ONLY): Hyatt “Shoreline room A & B”
    7:00am-7:30am I.D. Cards Collected And All PWC’s Launch- South Shores Launch Ramp
    7:40a.m-7:55am PWC line up in starting position (behind pace/start boat)
    8:00am-10:00am PWC Race (Start):Note: Pending visibility approval from Coast Guard.
    8:00am-12:00am Fueling: F & L
    8:00am-5:00am Crane: Shoreline drive across from Hyatt
    8:00am-5:00pm Wet Pits: Rainbow Marina
    8:00am- 9:00am Mandatory Drivers Meeting: Hyatt
    10:30am PWC Race conclusion: Note: All PWC’s back to South Shores Ramp
    10:30am-11:00am Boats to Milling area: Los Alamitos Bay
    11:00am- 1:00pm Start Offshore Race: East Ocean Blvd
    4:00pm- 5:00pm Awards: Dry Pits “AMF Truck”- PWC & OFFSHORE
    5:00pm-9:00pm Dinner at Dry Pits “AMF Truck”- PWC & OFFSHORE

    Additional equipment requirements for
    Long Beach 2 Catalina & Back Participants:
    The following items are requirements in addition to the standard rules as identified in the APBA racing rule book:
    Full safety Gear:Full Wet Suit (no shorties)
    Helmet
    US Coast Guard Approved PFC Life Vest
    Gloves

    Booties
    All vessels MUST have current registration (Proof to be shown at registration)

    Bottled Water, Power Bars, or some type of food ration
    Fire Extinguisher, Signal Flares, Mirror, Orange Flag, Compass (NO wrist compass) GPS and Cell Phone in waterproof case.
    ALL racers MUST purchase a one day Vessel Assist or Sea Tow membership card.
    ALL Racers MUST turn in a valid Drivers License to Registration prior to the race. It will be returned after the race to verify that entrant returned.
    All of the above items must be presented at time of registration check in on race day and/or be presented and verified at time of tech inspection.
    2006 APBA PWR Offshore National Championships
    Long Beach to Catalina & Back
    July 9th, 2006
    Official Results
    Overall Winner/National Champion
    #77 Patrick Roque, Huntington Beach, CA - Time: 53:29
    Pro-Am Open Class 1PosNameHometownBoat #1stPat RoqueHuntington Beach, CA772ndBilly WomackLong Beach, CA333rdChris FischettiLake Havasu, AZ3004thBrian BriscoeLake Havasu, AZ375thBrandon BriscoeHuntington Beach, CA196thCheng LeuFresno, CA4117thNick VanisLos Alamitos, CA138thSteve WestGlendale, AZ29thRobert StellhornManteca, CA81110thJohn AnickNewhall, CA151 DNF
    Pro-Am Open Class 2PosNameHometownBoat #1stKim BushongLa Palma, CA7772ndK.C. HeidlerIrvine, CA4603rdTony BeckLake Havasu, AZ264
    Amateur Class 1PosNameHometownBoat #1stPaul PhamLos Angeles, CA992ndMark GernerAliso Viejo, CA6013rdRob BlackwellThousand Oaks, CA521
    Amateur Class 2PosNameHometownBoat #1stAlex MorganGuadalajara, Mexico72ndRyan VanderweelWestminster, CA6863rdAndy HorningCerritos, CA3014thTom CruzOceanside, CA465thBrian LombardiVEntura, CA8056thMike FollmerFountain Valley, CA17thChuck LinkesCastaic, CA7288thDon VaughnMission Viejo, CA747
    Vet/Master OpenPosNameHometownBoat #1stLee PhanFountain Valley, CA882ndTom ClarkeHuntington Beach, CA3713rdFrank HurbisChandler, AZ1314thFred StellhornManteca, CA812






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    Current 2007 Long Beach to Cat racer list as of June, 2007 (will update as they come in):

    Class Name Boat # Mfg (34 Racers as of July 17)
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Steve West 2 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Lee Phan 88 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Mark Gerner 58 Kaw
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Steve Friebe 3 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Bobby Hall 129 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Andy Wise 5 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Jerry Ham 25 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Paul Pham 99 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 John Anick 151 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Robert Stellhorn 811 Hon
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Michael Younts
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Tyler White Kaw
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Cheng Leu 411 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Patrick Roque 77 Sea
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Chris Heindrich Kaw
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Craig Warner 6 Kaw
    Pro/Am Open Class 1 Tyler White Kaw
    Amateur Class 1 John Smith 89 Sea
    Amateur Class 1 Peter Gilliam 141 Kaw
    Amateur Class 1 Kevin Shaw 73 Kaw
    Amateur Class 1 Fred Stellhorn 812 Hon
    Amateur Class 1 Brittany Wildman 721 Kaw
    Amateur Class 1 Rick Jimenez 13 Hon
    Amateur Class 2 Mike Follmer 1 Yam
    Amateur Class 2 Tibi Imbuzan 202 Yam
    Amateur Class 2 Nick Imbuzan 210 Yam
    Amateur Class 2 Robert Carreon 338 Kaw
    Amateur Class 2 Jason Johnson 27 Kaw
    Amateur Class 2 Brian Lombardi 805 Hon
    Amateur Class 2 Vicki Newton 50 Yam
    Vet Master Open Tom Clarke 371 Sea
    Vet Master Open Andy Horning 301 Yam
    Vet Master Open Kim Bushong 777 Kaw
    Vet Master Open John Belton 41 Kaw

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    Race Results !

    Position Riders Name Number Time Class
    1 Nick Vanis 13 54:38 Pro/Am Open 1
    2 Lee Phan 88 54:46 Pro/Am Open 1
    3 Michael Younts 800 55:51 Pro/Am Open 1
    4 Patrick Roque 77 56:03 Pro/Am Open 1
    5 Steve Friebe 3 56:10 Pro/Am Open 1
    6 Craig Warner 250 56:35 Pro/Am Open 1
    7 Paul Pham 99 56:41 Pro/Am Open 1
    8 Kim Bushong 777 56:51 Vet/Master Open
    9 Tyler White 135 57:19 Pro/Am Open 1
    10 John Belton 41 58:01 Vet/Master Open
    11 Mark Gerner 58 58:02 Pro/Am Open 1
    12 Peter Gilliam 116 58:40 Pro/Am Open 1
    13 Bobby Hall 9 62:065 Pro/Am Open 1
    14 John Smith 89 62:069 Amateur Class 1
    15 Robert Carreon 338 65:21 Amateur Class 2
    16 Andy Horning 301 65:56 Amateur Class 2
    17 Jason Johnson 27 69:26 Amateur Class 2
    18 Brian Lombardi 805 69:59 Amateur Class 2
    19 Eric Hamman 24 72:304 Amateur Class 1
    20 Brittany Wildman 721 72:305 Amateur Class 1
    21 Mike Follmer 1 74:46 Amateur Class 2
    22 Steve Friebe 2 77:35 Pro/Am Open 1
    23 Kevin Shaw 73 79:44 Amateur Class 1
    24 Rick Jimenez 113 81:56 Amateur Class 1
    25 Jerry Ham 25 83:49 Amateur Class II
    26 Vicki Newton 50 85:50 Amateur Class II
    27 Tibi Imbuzan 202 90:40 Amateur Class II
    28 Nick Imbuzan 210 90:42 Amateur Class II
    29 John Anick 151 DNF
    30 Andy Wise 5 DNF
    31 Chris Heindrich 97 DNF
    32 Chris Fischetti 300 DNF
    33 Tom Clarke 371 DNF
    34 Thomas Hartfield 10 DNF
    35 Cheng Leu 411 DNS


    Here is the breakdown by Class:

    Pos Class Riders Name Number Time
    1 Pro/Am Class 1 Nick Vanis 13 54:38
    2 Pro/Am Class 1 Lee Phan 88 54:46
    3 Pro/Am Class 1 Michael Younts 800 55:51
    4 Pro/Am Class 1 Patrick Roque 77 56:03
    5 Pro/Am Class 1 Steve Friebe 3 56:10
    6 Pro/Am Class 1 Craig Warner 250 56:35
    7 Pro/Am Class 1 Paul Pham 99 56:41
    8 Pro/Am Class 1 Tyler White 135 57:10
    9 Pro/Am Class 1 Mark Gerner 58 58:02
    10 Pro/Am Class 1 Peter Gilliam 116 58:10
    11 Pro/Am Class 1 Bobby Hall 9 62:06
    12 Pro/Am Class 1 Steve West 2 77:35
    13 Pro/Am Class 1 Andy Wise 5 DNF
    14 Pro/Am Class 1 John Anick 151 DNF
    15 Pro/Am Class 1 Chris Heindrich 97 DNF
    16 Pro/Am Class 1 Chris Fischetti 300 DNF
    17 Pro/Am Class 1 Cheng Leu 411 DNS

    1 Vet/Master Open Kim Bushong 777 56:51
    2 Vet/Master Open John Belton 41 58:01


    1 Amateur Class 1 John Smith 89 62:06
    2 Amateur Class 1 Eric Hamann 24 72:304
    3 Amateur Class 1 Brittany Wildman 721 72:305
    4 Amateur Class 1 Kevin Shaw 73 79:44
    5 Amateur Class 1 Rick Jimenez 113 81:56
    6 Amateur Class 1 Tom Clarke 371 DNF

    1 Amateur Class II Robert Carreon 338 65:21
    2 Amateur Class II Andy Horning 301 65:56
    3 Amateur Class II Jason Johnson 27 69:26
    4 Amateur Class II Brian Lombardi 805 69:59
    5 Amateur Class II Mike Follmer 1 74:46
    6 Amateur Class II Jerry Ham 25 83:49
    7 Amateur Class II Vicki Newton 50 85:50
    8 Amateur Class II Tibi Imbuzan 202 90:40
    9 Amateur Class II Nick Imbuzan 210 90:42
    10 Amateur Class II Thomas Hartfield 10 DNF

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    1 Amateur Class 1 John Smith 89



    Nice win Mr National Off Shore Champ!!!

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    1 Amateur Class 1 John Smith 89



    Nice win Mr National Off Shore Champ!!!
    I'll second that Rude Performance Rules! way to go Nills

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    You two have some brown on your noses!

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    Well let me make it shine then Mr Dubz1- Off Shore National Champ Class II
    1 Amateur Class II Robert Carreon 338 65:21

    Go Hula Boys Race Team

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate33 View Post
    Well let me make it shine then Mr Dubz1- Off Shore National Champ Class II
    1 Amateur Class II Robert Carreon 338 65:21

    Go Hula Boys Race Team
    Cool, at least you spelled my name correct this time.

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