Go FAST, Turn Left!

Picture yourself traveling at 60 MPH, not sitting in your 3,000 lb. Chevy, but crouching mere inches above the water, braced in a 125 lb. wooden boat, the wind whistling by your helmet. Your left hand squeezes the throttle; your right hand is glued to the steering wheel. As the boat skims over the surface, your slightest movement affects your ride over the ever-changing contour of the water. Now picture yourself surrounded by 11 other boats, just inches apart. Rough water jolts you and you’re drenched from the competing boat’s spray; you anxiously await the opportunity to shoot to pass your closest opponent, pushing your mind, your will and your body to the limit. 

That is what the 80 plus drivers may experience when they take to Angle Lake September 10th and 11th for the Frank Hansen Memorial Race Regatta Presented by Graham Trucking and MasterPark. 

The Location
Seattle Outboard Association, an organization that has been producing races for over 80 years, will host the two day event with addition support from local SeaTac businesses, Graham Trucking and MasterPark Airport Valet Parking

The race event will take place at 
Angle Lake Park
19408 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA 98188
Time: 11 AM to 6 PM
Dates:  Sept 10 and 11 

Spectators are invited to tour the pits, see the boats up close and meet the racers provided a waiver is signed and the guest wears closed toed shoes. The park offers superb ‘amphitheater’ seating on the grassy slope above the sandy beach where the boats will be hand launched and offer prime viewing of all the competitive racing taking place the East-West leg of the lake.

Due to safety concerns and insurance regulations, the surface waters of east-west leg of the lake, including the park shoreline and boat launch will remain a restricted area with no public or residential access permitted from 11 AM until 6 PM. However the Northern portion of the North-South leg of the lake will remain open and unobstructed.

NOTE: Parking in and around Angle Lake Park is EXTREMELY limited. We encourage you to consider parking at locations outside the area (eg: Tukwila International Blvd Link Light Rail Station; SeaTac Airport or MasterPark) and taking the Metro RapidRide 'A Line' to the park.

The Boats
The race boats will be of three distinct designs—Hydroplane, Runabout and Tunnel Boat. All are constructed with lightweight marine plywood and mahogany, carbon fiber or fiberglass. The two day event will feature multiple classes. Each class mandates specific engines that are compliant and there are requirements for propellers, boat design etc.  

The race boats are roughly 9 to 14 feet long and weigh 100 to 250 pounds. Most drivers kneel in the cockpit; some boats are driven in a lay-down position; some have the driver seated. Typically the left hand works the spring-loaded throttle and the right hand handles the steering wheel.

Hydroplanes have a three-point design and ride on a cushion of air —only the two front sponsons and the propeller touch the water. Air is trapped underneath, causing the boat to lift and ride on this cushion of air, skimming across the surface of the water. 

Tunnel Boats are a strange 'bird'. While the tunnel derives much of its high performance from air lift, it depends at the same time on its planing interaction with the water to maintain a stable and controlled 'flight'. This interdependence of water and air force dynamics is the key to the approach to tunnel design.

Runabouts slice through the water rather than skim over the surface. Runabouts can vary greatly in design but generally they have a flat riding surface, tapered to a point in front, and do not channel air under the hull. Turning is an art and it can be work just to keep the boat level—similar to driving a motocross dirt bike. While, typically slower than Hydros, the thrills of racing runabouts are unmatched, just watch a runabout round a buoy and you’ll see the difference! 

The Schedule
While the concept of a race event held at Angle Lake has been in the works for well over two and a half years, it was only recently (July 27th) that the SeaTac City Council authorized a onetime waiver raising the speed restrictions on the lake from 8 mph for this event. SOA has been working diligently with City Administration and Parks Department leaders to approve plans, secure permits and insurance coverage and seeking approval as an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event.

The official schedule is expected to be posted on Thursday, Sept 8th. However, spectators can anticipate two full days of racing excitement comprised of approximately 40 heats each of the two days. Individual class heats will be spaced at 10 minute intervals consisting of: 3 minute warm up; 5 minutes racing (three laps on a ¾ mile course); 2 minute calming.

More Information
If after attending the event you’d like to learn more about outboard racing, please visit the nationally acclaimed Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum located just down the hill on 196th Street in Kent, or consider signing up for the 2017 SOA ‘New Folks in Boats’ novice driver training program!

The Cloud of Mystery is Lifted

Train tests are under way at the scenic Angle Lake park-and-ride station, as Sound Transit announces  Angle Lake Link light rail will begin service on Saturday, September 24th.

Welcome to Angle Lake Station. This elevated station is located just south of Sea-Tac Airport, near Angle Lake in SeaTac. The 1,050-stall parking garage connects to the train platform via a covered pedestrian walkway. Modern elevators and escalators connect riders to the pedestrian plaza at street level. From here, you can ride congestion-free to Westlake Station in downtown Seattle in 41 minutes and to the UW in about 48 minutes. Trains will arrive every six minutes during peak hours. 

The Angle Lake Station was approved by voters in 1996 and promised by 2006. But Sound Transit grossly underestimated costs and wound up building the 21-mile corridor in five phases. The 1.6-mile Angle Lake segment is $40 million under the $383 million estimate when construction started in 2013, CEO Peter Rogoff said.

Passengers who will to depart from the Angle Lake area can choose from five ways to arrive at the Link light rail station: park-and ride lot; the Rapid Ride Bus A Line; car or taxi drop-offs; walking from home; or bike lanes going west into Des Moines.

From the station platform above, riders can see Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, or gaze upon the Federal Detention Center, down the hill. While waiting for the next train, riders can check out the unique artwork and station design.

Artist Laura Haddad created the public art sculpture “Cloud” above the station platform. Wind activates thousands of individual discs while sunlight makes them shimmer and glow. The Cloud serves as a sculptural barometer of local weather. Additionally, artist Jill Anholt’s piece “Immerse” appears to hang weightlessly in the portal of the plaza’s grand staircase, with the sculpture’s four delicate arcs transferring light into the parking area below.

Refer to Sound Transit's website for additional rider information.

Corrective Notice - Angle Lake Boat Races

The following is a supplemental notice regarding some incorrect statements included in a recent flyer:


As a courtesy to the residents living on and around the Angle Lake Community, the Angle Lake Shore Club recently distributed a flyer announcing Hydroplane Races scheduled for September 10th & 11th.

This BULLETIN is to correct a few misstatements and expand on a couple other items included in that flyer so that we are all on the same page:

1. Hours of actual racing are from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on both Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th

2. The statement that “The Seattle Outboard Association has obtained a Park Use Permit” is not correct.  The current status is that the City of SeaTac has approved amending the existing ordinance regarding speed limits on Angle Lake for this single event.  Subsequently the City of SeaTac is currently working on adapting a Special Use Permit to accommodate this event.  In talks with Council Members, City Staff and The Seattle Outboard Association we feel confident that everyone is on board to make this happen.

3. Park Restrictions and Lake Closure will be formally addressed in the Special Use Permit for the event.  However, until such time as we hear differently here are some guidelines for those private property owners along the shoreline to consider:
   a. While the East / West leg of the lake will most certainly be closed to public during the event some type of barrier will be in place to separate the north / south leg of the lake that we believe will remain open for public use.  
   b. We recommend any water activity at private waterfront lots be limited to between the shoreline and dock areas and that all children are under constant adult supervision to avoid anyone from encroaching past the dock lines.
   c. Make sure that all privately owned boats, equipment, toys, etc. are fully secured to minimize that chances of drifting into the race course.

4. This special event is fully operated and funded by The Seattle Outboard Association and is NOT an ALSC event, however the ALSC does endorse this event.

5. We ask everyone to pay attention to the following points for objective consider in the event that the ALSC board of directors remains in favor of this event and goes around with another survey to see if a majority still want the event for future years.

6. We want this to be a fun event for those that supported it and a safe event for everyone.

The ALSC Board of Directors

Get Onboard Now - Or You'll Miss the Boat!

If you have not yet signed up for the Tasty Tapas Float Around, our late summer lakeside main event, you must act now to reserve a spot otherwise you may very well miss the boat as seats are filling fast! The fun starts at 4 PM SHARP and runs until 8:00 PM. 

Open to ALSC Members Only and their invited guests. Cost is $30 per person.
To access a copy of the Order Form, CLICK HERE

During years prior, Tapas have been attended by Gilligan and his fellow castaways; Cleopatra returned from the dead to join us with her minions; a group of gondoliers gathered to give out goodies to arriving guests; and even a Tropical Island populated with Pacific Islanders floated onto the scene – one can only imagine who, or what, might appear this year!

Tasty Tapas has proven to be an evening full of fun, food, and a great opportunity to meet with neighbors and make new friends. Participants will be assigned to start at one of four dinning stations set up around the lake for guests to visit only by way of boat. Each of the four locations will present a themed selection of appetizers and liquid libations to tickle your taste buds. Throughout the evening at set intervals, groups will receive a signal to depart for another station until all four stations have been visited. Be sure to pace yourself and save room for the grand finale fifth station where all participants will come together to enjoy a bonfire, dessert and coffee where all can mingle.

The route will cover the East-West Leg this year with stopped planned for the following locations
  • Station 1 – Esmond's (Redneck BBQ)
  • Station 2 – Patton's (Hawaiian) 
  • Station 3 – Hill's (American Fast Food)
  • Station 4 – Reith (Cowboy)
  • Dessert – Yorozu 

You are encouraged to take your own boat around the course (No drinking and driving please!) For those who do not have a boat, cannot find a ride or require assistance there will be pontoon boats acting as taxis to ferry tasters from stations to station. If you require a pickup please call Jim Todd at 206-226-9965 or emailing him at jimmjett@gmail.com or Sandy Goulet at bsonthelake@comcast.net

When Is Too Much - Too Much?

Stressed Out - Who Us?
Your Angle Lake Shore Club Board of Directors has been extremely busy these past few months working their “to do” list. Dividing attention (or more appropriately, multiplying focus) among the hydroplane race proposal; securing barge commitments and drafting build schedules; and now planning the Tasty Tapas, as well. The following is a quick status update on each of these initiatives:

Hydroplanes at Angle Lake
Sub-committee members from the ALSC attended several Land Use and Planning (LUP) Committee Sessions and held various meetings with SeaTac City Manager and Parks staff. A lakefront homeowners survey was created and responses were collected. With 97% of all the waterfront homes accounted for, the final numbers revealed 77% strongly in favor; 9% indifferent; with 14% against.  These survey summary results were shared with the City Council and Staff Leadership. A good number of residents showed up and delivered positive comments during the July 26rh Regular Council Meeting in show of support for the event. After some council deliberation, an ordinance to revise park code was introduced waiving the 5 knot (8 mph) speed limit for a one time, single permitted event to occur prior to November 2016, after which time the revision will be automatically repealed. This allows for the trial event to be executed and re-evaluated before any extension of the ordinance is considered.  The races are scheduled for the weekend days of September 10th and 11th.

Fireworks Barges
Design plans have been received and evaluated. Material costs have been calculated and through the diligence of several Barge Committee Members, the costs are coming in around $1,200 per barge less than forecast (a savings of around $8,500 total)!  It’s now come time to run down the list of homeowners who had previously expressed interest and confirm their commitment through a paid deposit. The first of two barge builds are scheduled for late August.  Please contact Jonathan Standridge before August 20th if you are interested in assisting in the construction of the initial barges or if you can help in some other way.

Tasty Tapas – August 13th! (…maybe)
Right now, the Tapas Committee Chair is reporting that the event is one station short and no commitment yet on a host location for the dessert station. A Go / NO Go decision will be made on August 3rd. The grim reality is that with time running short the Tapas may be forced to be canceled this year.  If you are interested in hosting a tapas station or have the ability to host the dessert station (accommodate approximately 90 people), please do not hesitate to call Jim Todd before August 3rd.

Busy – you bet! But we do it because we enjoy knowing that our community is a better place because of what we do!  Thank you for your support.