The Return of Hydroplane Racing at Angle Lake

Interest in hydroplane racing may be waning in Seattle, however just up the hill from the national Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in SeaTac, excitement toward the sport of hydroplane racing is starting to take off!

 
Seattle Outboard Association (SOA), an organization founded in 1929, is bringing back the American Power Boat Association (APBA) hydroplanes, runabouts, and tunnel boats to Angle Lake September 9th and 10th for the second annual Frank Hansen Memorial Regatta!

Angle Lake Park
19408 International Boulevard
SeaTac, WA 98188
Time: 11 AM to 6 PM

Just like last year, there will be two full days of boat racing excitement on the East-West leg of the lake. Spectators will again be welcome into the Race Pits** to see the boats up close and meet the racers with their crew. 

What is new for this year?  

Well for starters, besides being a Modified Western Divisional location, Angle Lake is now the fourth stop in a series of five races where drivers are awarded and accumulate points based on their wins. The driver with the most points at the completion of specified races at the five selected locations in the series is presented the coveted ‘Babcock Trophy’ which is one of the most prestigious honors a racer can receive.

Portions of the East-West leg of the lake will still be off limits for public access; however the restrictive boundary lines are expected to take up less area. There are plans this year to string together several of the new ALSC Barges to form a ‘log boom’ on the eastern straightaway allowing boats to anchor up to and spectators to assemble their tables and chairs from to watch the race action up close!

But wait that’s not all! One of the most consistently voiced comments heard after the race last year was that the announcements from the tower could not clearly be heard around the lake. We now have a solution for that. Twenty-four year resident, President of the Mark Eleven Condominium Association and longtime broadcast authority, Allan Freedman is generously donating his time, lending his subject matter expertise and equipment to enable low power FM transmission of the tower communications! Spectators and race enthusiasts from around the lake will be able to tune into FM 90.5 on Saturday and Sunday to hear all the race coverage broadcast from the tower!  Special appreciation goes to our neighbors  Allan Freedman, Bob and Chris Simmons for their contributions in helping to deliver this capability.

 

If you’d like to know about the boats, races and drivers, please download a courtesy copy of ‘Hydro Basics’ authored by John M. Adams. John built his first outboard hydroplane at age 16 and actively raced for over 20 years in Region 10 with the Seattle Outboard Association. He is currently a retired driver and helps as a crew member of Adams Racing.   

** Entry into the race pits is restricted to spectators who have signed a waiver and are wearing close toed footwear. 

Don't Look Directly at the Banana Sun!

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality

Angle Lake is NOT in the path of totality. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun (also referred to as the banana sun) is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”.


Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Look for the ISO 12312-2 stamp that indicates the item is compliant with the international safety standard for such products.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses as the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Note: If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015.

Toodaloo Tapas?

This year’s ALSC Tasty Tapas Float Around could be the last one ever. 

The event has been going on for eight consecutive years now and has always been very well attended. Locating stations however, has gotten more and more difficult. Organizer Jim Todd invests numerous hours each year reaching out to neighbors in an effort to secure host locations.  This year’s event was at risk at having to be canceled had it not been for one last neighbor and one ALSC Board Member agreeing to host at the very last minute. 

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. Open to ALSC Members Only and their invited guests. Cost is $30 per person.

Tasty Tapas – Saturday, August 12th. 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Click the image above to download the Order Form

During years prior, Tapas had been attended by notable guests including 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 attend 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 dining stations set up around the lake for guests to visit only by 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.

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 contact Sandy Goulet at BSonthelake_at_gmail.com.

Big Changes in the Neighborhood!

Over the past few days, we’ve received notice that no less than four member families are selling their homes and relocating outside our community. 


All of these families, each in their own way, have had a significant impact on our neighborhood. I’d like to express appreciation for having had the pleasure of their presence in our community. I’m also supplying hotlinks to their property listing in hope that remaining neighbors will encourage other wonderful families to consider a move to Angle Lake and to become active members in our community.   

The Bells. During their time here, they’ve invested enormous time and energy upgrading this colonial style home both on the inside and as well as the abundant flowering beds and impeccably maintained grounds. The Bells had hosted the ALSC Christmas party previously and brought family to participate in many of the ALSC Club events.

The Minnihans. When first locating to our community, they moved into a home with spectacular ‘Twin Views’ of the Lake and of the Kent Valley feature Mount Rainier in the background! They have since converted the site to feature a wonderful customer built home with many, many unique features. The Minnihan’s had for many years hosted the ALSC 4th of July Swim and Boat Races and also hosted the Christmas Party in their recently built home.

The Becks. Once a bare piece of property, when Mrs. Beck saw Mt Rainier presiding over the lake view she immediately knew she wanted her next home here! A custom built, spacious home with rich features gives this residence a warm and comfortable environment to live in. Both have been previous members of the Angle Lake Manor HOA leadership team and have participated on the ALSC Board almost as long as they’ve lived here. They have been extremely generous in giving of their time toward the community and for bringing new event ideas to the club.

The Langs. This family is among the elite that can nearly be considered ‘pioneer members’ of the club having moved here in the 50s including serving as president of the ALSC. The Langs have the dubious honor of being recognized as the go to folks for the BIG A$$ coffee pot featured at our ALSC events! The home they are leaving has grown in synch with the growing number of Lang family members.  Sitting on a nearly ¾ acre lot there is still plenty of room to enjoy outside this spacious home.

Each of these families will be sorely missed however we wish them the absolute best in the next chapter of their lives.  We hope that you’ll consider a return visit during any of our future ALSC events.

Good Luck on your move!

Steve and Debbie Beck Leaving Town

Let's Kick Some Trash!

It's time to get tough on the litter cluttering our streets and shoreline!

Members from the Angle Lake Community will gather at the public park boat launch at 9 am to collect pickers, trash bags, gloves and instructions before setting out for the annual Angle Lake Clean Sweep Volunteer Event! 
DATE: Saturday, July 22nd
EVENT: 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
VOLUNTEER LUNCH AND RAFFLE PRIZE DRAWING 
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

The City of SeaTac Parks and Recreation Department will be issuing garbage bags and collection tools to the group to assist in their effort to scour the public spaces on the southwest end of the lake to rid the area of the litter. If you've traveled this end of the lake you might have noticed the positive impact the team had on the area last year but an enormous job still remains to gather all the trash remaining and new trash that has accumulated in this area. However, the more hands that turn out to help the fewer burdens this will be on each of us individually.

The volunteers will be split up into groups where walkers will be assigned to concentrate on picking up litter in the streets, on shore and along the beach, while waders and snorkelers will be committed to clearing the shallow water of trash and the adventurous individuals decked out in full scuba gear will gather debris from the deep!


TERRESTRIALS:
Volunteers who like it dry picking up trash on land or along the beach

AMPHIBIANS:
Volunteers who prefer it a little wet!  Wade and/or snorkel in the shallow waters recovering debris

AQUANAUTS:
These folks do it deeper!
Fully outfitted scuba divers will comb the lake bottom for garbage of any size.


Although the bulk of organized effort will be focused mainly on the SW end of the lake, it is not our intent to discourage residents from taking their own initiative in collecting litter from their area and bringing it to the park boat ramp prior to 12:00 noon where the City will assist in disposing of it. Please contact Lynne (lynnewithagrin@gmail.com) if you are aware of or need assistance with any large items (dock materials excluded).

Immediately following the event, participants will gather at the Manor Club Private Beach where the Angle Lake Shore Club will serve up lunch as a display of appreciation for their volunteer efforts. We'll also have a Raffle drawing for prizes – must be present to win.

This is a good opportunity to get outdoors to enjoy some nice weather, teaming up with your neighbors in doing great things for the community and receiving a free lunch and possibly winning a valuable prize!