WISIL Hydrobowl 2004
WISIL Hydrobowl 2004
Human Powered Boat races
Held 9/11/04 at the Rockford, IL Pierce lake, in Rock cut state park. Thanks again to Bob Buerger for organizing the race. Hopefully Bob will find the time to get the results to me soon. I (Warren Beauchamp) helped with setting up the course and running the event. Thanks to Len Brunkalla for the food, and to everyone else who helped make this event a success. Thanks to Peg Cipolla and Rich Hodgkins for these pictures, commentary by Warren.
Dan Grow puts his new monohull HPB together

 

These pictures can all be clicked on for a higher resolution image.

It's a bow and stern steered HPB with skimmers on each side for balance. The drive system starts out as chain drive, goes through bevel gears to change the shaft rotation 90 degrees, then hooks up to the propeller shaft which ends up near the stern of the boat. He's using a smallish 3 bladed prop of unknown origin.
Warren Beauchamp's Sidewinder main boom shows the Hydrobowl stickers from the last couple years.
Tom Murphy helps Bob Buerger put his newest HPB together.
Tom (Bill Murphy's brother) helps Warren carry the Sidewinder down to the lake. Good thing it's light as it's about a 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot. 
Bob's latest catamaran is still a work in progress. Everything works great except for the drivetrain which has been locking up. 
Warren hops onto the Sidewinder. The boat worked great this year. I put it all together at home and lashed it to the bike rack on top of my 'ole Maxima. It was quite a sight driving down the highway and I should have taken a picture. When I got to the lake I just untied it, carried it down to the water and plopped it in. No huhu. 

This was not the fastest boat in any category this year, but I came in a fairly steady 2nd place, usually behind Jake Free, sometimes behind Paul Niedermann. 

I still have plans to build a new HPB for next year, using the Seawind Chinese compact twisted chain unit I obtained in the spring of 2004. I'm going to procure a (preferably used) sea or racing kayak to jam it into. If anyone knows of a suitable donor boat, please contact me here.

 

 Dan is ready for battle. 

Did I mention how beautiful the weather was? It was a perfect day with low winds, low humidity and temps in the middle 80s.

 Dan prepares to hop on the boat. Note the clipless pedal shoes already attached to the cranks. Like any vehicle powered by bike cranks, it's most efficient if your feet stay attached to the pedals.
 And he's off. 
 Dan cruises back...
And forth... 
 Len Brunkalla rides Jake Free's "old" OP-1 HPB, While Bob Buerger's girlfriend rides his old HPB.
Judy on Bob's cat.
Len raises the drive unit on Jake's OP-1 in preparation for landing maneuvers.
Bob used his old trusty catamaran for the races. Here, he cruises through the buoys during the slalom race. 
Bob cruises back to shore after his run.
Jake Free hangs out on his new monohull, and waits for the next race. Jake only got off his boat once the whole day, to eat lunch.
A montage of small HPBs.  
Jake maintains balance through those big black floats at low speeds. While moving though are way of the water, but when he stops they can dip down and support his off center weight.  

When he's moving though, he uses some rather odd, paddle shaped skimmers, that  he can control with his hands, to keep balanced. 

Jake calls this his Rube Goldberg boat, but it works very well.

 Jake cruises by while warming up for the sprint.
Jake runs the 100 meter sprint down the center of the buoys, while Dan watches.

Jake had the fastest run of the day at around 25 seconds. Just for reference, Jake's fastest time ever was around 21 seconds on his Hydrofoil. George Tatum made the run in 20 seconds on his Wavebike.

Rich runs the sprint in his racing kayak. 
 Paul runs the sprint.
Dan ripped his crank stays right out of the boat in a sprint. Here, he lashes them down with lots of rope to enable him to run the next race.
Peg Cippolla takes a break from camera duty to check out the racing action. 
Here's a good shot of the balancing skimmer paddles on Jake's monohull. What do you call those things Jake? 
Tom takes his first ride on  Paul Neidermann's Catamaran. See that grin? We think he'll be back next year.
Warren explains how the water leaves the lake though an arcane process, and is reconstituted as precipitation, but not today.
 Paul gets ready to run a race.
Jake digs hard while completing the slalom run. The balancing skimmers do double duty to help him make it around the cones faster.
Jake's new drivetrain allows you to pedal backwards, a very important feature...
 Jake cruises off.
Warren finishes his slalom run. What? I beat Paul? Woo Hoo! Paul decided to take another slalom run, and edged me out. Doh!
 The WISIL Hyrobowl is an all day event. Here, the day begins to wane as we prepare for the 2K Criterion.
HPBers make their way to the course.
 HPBers meander towards the starting area.
HPBers head toward the other end of the course 
 HPBers round a pylon headed for the start.
 HPBers are lined line up for the start of the 2K crit.

Ready, Go!

 Warren chases Jake the whole way.
 Rich Hodgkins digs deep.
 Paul passes Bob on the outside in the corner.
 Jake won the 2K , followed by Warren, then Rich, then Paul.
 HPBers line up for the drag race.
Jake takes an early lead, while Warren, Paul, and Rich battle it out for 2nd place. 
HPB racers finish the drag race.
Aaron Stiles Canyak's float becalmed in the sunset light.
Paul picks his boat up to start the big uphill walk to the parking lot.
Len and Judy head back to the dock. 
 Paul and Dan inspect Dan's drivetrain. 
 Bob Buerger cruises toward shore.
Rich Hodgkins notes: "Had a lot of fun. Hopefully next year I will have my Motion Tech Needle
with hydrofoils to challenge Jake."
"Just thought you might want to see this. The file was taken with a Garmin Forerunner 201. Peg had Paul put it on his HPB and run the 2K Criterian with it. This was Pegs little device and gives you a load of information and costs only about $120. This is a top notch recording device. I use the Garmin 76CS and it too has a load of information. Sent away for the CD's and books on hydrofoils--- the obsession has started. I know Paul and Jake have them or have used them from time to time."
Text output from Garmin Forerunner 201:
Track 11 9/11/2004 5:47:29 PM 00:16:46 1.43 mi 5.1 mph 

Header Position Time Altitude Depth Leg Length Leg Time Leg Speed Leg Course

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Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.503 9/11/2004 5:47:52 PM 843 ft 137 ft 00:00:13 7.2 mph 257 true
Trackpoint N42 20.930 W88 58.530 9/11/2004 5:48:05 PM 839 ft 124 ft 00:00:13 6.5 mph 259 true
Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.542 9/11/2004 5:48:12 PM 835 ft 57 ft 00:00:07 5.6 mph 294 true
Trackpoint N42 20.943 W88 58.543 9/11/2004 5:48:20 PM 835 ft 55 ft 00:00:08 4.7 mph 354 true
Trackpoint N42 20.946 W88 58.533 9/11/2004 5:48:26 PM 833 ft 49 ft 00:00:06 5.6 mph 71 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.955 W88 58.477 9/11/2004 5:48:56 PM 824 ft 141 ft 00:00:18 5.3 mph 80 true
Trackpoint N42 20.955 W88 58.471 9/11/2004 5:49:00 PM 825 ft 29 ft 00:00:04 4.9 mph 90 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.942 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:49:12 PM 820 ft 47 ft 00:00:07 4.6 mph 187 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.516 9/11/2004 5:49:40 PM 822 ft 113 ft 00:00:14 5.5 mph 258 true
Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.542 9/11/2004 5:49:55 PM 819 ft 116 ft 00:00:15 5.3 mph 270 true
Trackpoint N42 20.943 W88 58.543 9/11/2004 5:50:03 PM 816 ft 55 ft 00:00:08 4.7 mph 354 true
Trackpoint N42 20.947 W88 58.535 9/11/2004 5:50:09 PM 816 ft 42 ft 00:00:06 4.8 mph 56 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.952 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:50:50 PM 817 ft 71 ft 00:00:10 4.9 mph 103 true
Trackpoint N42 20.942 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:50:58 PM 817 ft 63 ft 00:00:08 5.3 mph 180 true
Trackpoint N42 20.941 W88 58.480 9/11/2004 5:51:05 PM 811 ft 53 ft 00:00:07 5.1 mph 261 true
Trackpoint N42 20.936 W88 58.511 9/11/2004 5:51:23 PM 814 ft 142 ft 00:00:18 5.4 mph 257 true
Trackpoint N42 20.933 W88 58.538 9/11/2004 5:51:39 PM 816 ft 123 ft 00:00:16 5.2 mph 263 true
Trackpoint N42 20.938 W88 58.543 9/11/2004 5:51:45 PM 814 ft 39 ft 00:00:06 4.4 mph 324 true
Trackpoint N42 20.947 W88 58.538 9/11/2004 5:51:53 PM 816 ft 60 ft 00:00:08 5.1 mph 23 true
Trackpoint N42 20.951 W88 58.516 9/11/2004 5:52:07 PM 816 ft 101 ft 00:00:14 4.9 mph 77 true
Trackpoint N42 20.954 W88 58.484 9/11/2004 5:52:26 PM 817 ft 146 ft 00:00:19 5.2 mph 84 true
Trackpoint N42 20.952 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:52:36 PM 820 ft 70 ft 00:00:10 4.8 mph 96 true
Trackpoint N42 20.943 W88 58.467 9/11/2004 5:52:44 PM 822 ft 55 ft 00:00:08 4.7 mph 174 true
Trackpoint N42 20.941 W88 58.479 9/11/2004 5:52:51 PM 820 ft 54 ft 00:00:07 5.3 mph 253 true
Trackpoint N42 20.937 W88 58.506 9/11/2004 5:53:07 PM 814 ft 124 ft 00:00:16 5.3 mph 259 true
Trackpoint N42 20.932 W88 58.533 9/11/2004 5:53:23 PM 814 ft 126 ft 00:00:16 5.4 mph 256 true
Trackpoint N42 20.936 W88 58.542 9/11/2004 5:53:30 PM 814 ft 47 ft 00:00:07 4.6 mph 300 true
Trackpoint N42 20.946 W88 58.542 9/11/2004 5:53:38 PM 816 ft 63 ft 00:00:08 5.3 mph 0 true
Trackpoint N42 20.948 W88 58.529 9/11/2004 5:53:46 PM 814 ft 60 ft 00:00:08 5.1 mph 75 true
Trackpoint N42 20.951 W88 58.506 9/11/2004 5:54:00 PM 814 ft 105 ft 00:00:14 5.1 mph 81 true
Trackpoint N42 20.955 W88 58.483 9/11/2004 5:54:13 PM 820 ft 107 ft 00:00:13 5.6 mph 77 true
Trackpoint N42 20.952 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:54:23 PM 824 ft 66 ft 00:00:10 4.5 mph 104 true
Trackpoint N42 20.942 W88 58.467 9/11/2004 5:54:31 PM 827 ft 63 ft 00:00:08 5.4 mph 175 true
Trackpoint N42 20.939 W88 58.480 9/11/2004 5:54:39 PM 819 ft 60 ft 00:00:08 5.1 mph 255 true
Trackpoint N42 20.936 W88 58.503 9/11/2004 5:54:52 PM 814 ft 107 ft 00:00:13 5.6 mph 257 true
Trackpoint N42 20.933 W88 58.529 9/11/2004 5:55:07 PM 808 ft 117 ft 00:00:15 5.3 mph 262 true
Trackpoint N42 20.936 W88 58.542 9/11/2004 5:55:16 PM 813 ft 60 ft 00:00:09 4.5 mph 285 true
Trackpoint N42 20.945 W88 58.543 9/11/2004 5:55:24 PM 814 ft 55 ft 00:00:08 4.7 mph 354 true
Trackpoint N42 20.948 W88 58.533 9/11/2004 5:55:31 PM 816 ft 52 ft 00:00:07 5.1 mph 63 true
Trackpoint N42 20.951 W88 58.506 9/11/2004 5:55:47 PM 813 ft 123 ft 00:00:16 5.2 mph 83 true
Trackpoint N42 20.955 W88 58.476 9/11/2004 5:56:04 PM 816 ft 135 ft 00:00:17 5.4 mph 80 true
Trackpoint N42 20.950 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:56:11 PM 819 ft 47 ft 00:00:07 4.6 mph 132 true
Trackpoint N42 20.942 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:56:19 PM 819 ft 47 ft 00:00:08 4.0 mph 180 true
Trackpoint N42 20.938 W88 58.490 9/11/2004 5:56:32 PM 819 ft 101 ft 00:00:13 5.3 mph 257 true
Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.521 9/11/2004 5:56:50 PM 809 ft 141 ft 00:00:18 5.3 mph 260 true
Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.541 9/11/2004 5:57:01 PM 803 ft 87 ft 00:00:11 5.4 mph 270 true
Trackpoint N42 20.943 W88 58.543 9/11/2004 5:57:09 PM 806 ft 56 ft 00:00:08 4.8 mph 348 true
Trackpoint N42 20.947 W88 58.538 9/11/2004 5:57:15 PM 811 ft 33 ft 00:00:06 3.8 mph 45 true
Trackpoint N42 20.948 W88 58.537 9/11/2004 5:57:16 PM 811 ft 10 ft 00:00:01 6.6 mph 36 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.951 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 5:57:58 PM 819 ft 54 ft 00:00:08 4.6 mph 107 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.936 W88 58.542 9/11/2004 5:58:53 PM 813 ft 47 ft 00:00:08 4.0 mph 300 true
Trackpoint N42 20.946 W88 58.542 9/11/2004 5:59:01 PM 816 ft 63 ft 00:00:08 5.3 mph 0 true
Trackpoint N42 20.948 W88 58.529 9/11/2004 5:59:09 PM 816 ft 60 ft 00:00:08 5.1 mph 75 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.954 W88 58.470 9/11/2004 5:59:44 PM 824 ft 134 ft 00:00:18 5.1 mph 83 true
Trackpoint N42 20.945 W88 58.467 9/11/2004 5:59:51 PM 824 ft 56 ft 00:00:07 5.5 mph 168 true
Trackpoint N42 20.941 W88 58.474 9/11/2004 5:59:57 PM 820 ft 37 ft 00:00:06 4.2 mph 231 true
Trackpoint N42 20.938 W88 58.494 9/11/2004 6:00:09 PM 813 ft 94 ft 00:00:12 5.3 mph 260 true
Trackpoint N42 20.936 W88 58.524 9/11/2004 6:00:26 PM 806 ft 134 ft 00:00:17 5.4 mph 263 true
Trackpoint N42 20.933 W88 58.539 9/11/2004 6:00:35 PM 806 ft 71 ft 00:00:09 5.4 mph 257 true
Trackpoint N42 20.941 W88 58.544 9/11/2004 6:00:42 PM 808 ft 52 ft 00:00:07 5.1 mph 334 true
Trackpoint N42 20.947 W88 58.538 9/11/2004 6:00:49 PM 811 ft 49 ft 00:00:07 4.7 mph 36 true
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Trackpoint N42 20.951 W88 58.512 9/11/2004 6:01:04 PM 819 ft 113 ft 00:00:14 5.5 mph 78 true
Trackpoint N42 20.954 W88 58.481 9/11/2004 6:01:22 PM 820 ft 140 ft 00:00:18 5.3 mph 84 true
Trackpoint N42 20.952 W88 58.468 9/11/2004 6:01:31 PM 825 ft 58 ft 00:00:09 4.4 mph 98 true
Trackpoint N42 20.942 W88 58.467 9/11/2004 6:01:38 PM 827 ft 63 ft 00:00:07 6.1 mph 175 true
Trackpoint N42 20.939 W88 58.474 9/11/2004 6:01:43 PM 828 ft 33 ft 00:00:05 4.5 mph 242 true
Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.506 9/11/2004 6:02:01 PM 825 ft 148 ft 00:00:18 5.6 mph 258 true
Trackpoint N42 20.930 W88 58.535 9/11/2004 6:02:18 PM 825 ft 135 ft 00:00:17 5.4 mph 260 true
Trackpoint N42 20.934 W88 58.544 9/11/2004 6:02:25 PM 824 ft 47 ft 00:00:07 4.6 mph 300 true
Trackpoint N42 20.945 W88 58.543 9/11/2004 6:02:34 PM 824 ft 63 ft 00:00:09 4.8 mph 5 true
Trackpoint N42 20.947 W88 58.530 9/11/2004 6:02:43 PM 822 ft 60 ft 00:00:09 4.5 mph 75 true
Trackpoint N42 20.952 W88 58.498 9/11/2004 6:03:06 PM 822 ft 148 ft 00:00:23 4.4 mph 78 true
Trackpoint N42 20.955 W88 58.471 9/11/2004 6:03:25 PM 825 ft 123 ft 00:00:19 4.4 mph 83 true
Trackpoint N42 20.947 W88 58.467 9/11/2004 6:03:33 PM 824 ft 50 ft 00:00:08 4.3 mph 160 true
Trackpoint N42 20.941 W88 58.472 9/11/2004 6:03:41 PM 822 ft 46 ft 00:00:08 3.9 mph 211 true
Trackpoint N42 20.938 W88 58.490 9/11/2004 6:03:54 PM 822 ft 83 ft 00:00:13 4.3 mph 259 true
Trackpoint N42 20.932 W88 58.520 9/11/2004 6:04:15 PM 830 ft 139 ft 00:00:21 4.5 mph 254 true

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