CHASING SPEED RECORDS IN UK: The 11 Miss Peters & May (above racing at Madison in July) and driver J.W. Myers (below) is currently in Coniston, England, to run in the Coniston Records Week starting Monday on Coniston Lake. Afterwards, the boat will be shipped to Doha, Qatar, to join the Air National guard H1 Unlimited Hydroplane fleet for the 2012 season finale in January. (Staff photo above by Mark Campbell, below by David Campbell)
CHASING SPEED RECORDS IN UK: The 11 Miss Peters & May (above racing at Madison in July) and driver J.W. Myers (below) is currently in Coniston, England, to run in the Coniston Records Week starting Monday on Coniston Lake. Afterwards, the boat will be shipped to Doha, Qatar, to join the Air National guard H1 Unlimited Hydroplane fleet for the 2012 season finale in January. (Staff photo above by Mark Campbell, below by David Campbell)
The 2013 H1 Unlimited hydroplane season will kickoff shortly after the 2012 season ends with a second race in Doha, Qatar, the sport officially announced on Monday.

Plans for a second Doha race were first reported by HydroNews.com in September and were referenced in a press release issued by the U-88 USA Racing Partners team earlier this month.

The 2012 season will end in Doha with the fourth running of the Oryx Cup UIM World Championships Jan. 10-12. The 2013 season will begin in Doha Feb. 9-12 and will coincide with Qatar's National Sports Day on Feb. 12.

The 28 days between seasons will mark the shortest layoff in the history of the sport. The 1990 and 1991 seasons were separated by just 47 days due to the race in Honolulu opening the 1991 season on Nov. 9, 1990.

Following the second Doha race, the rest of the tentative 2013 schedule is: Sacramento, Calif., May 31-June 2; Madison, Ind., July 5-7; Detroit, Mich., July 12-14; Tri-Cities, Wash., July 26-28; Seattle, Wash., Aug. 2-4; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Aug. 30-Sept. 1; San Diego, Calif., Sept. 13-15; Doha, Qatar, TBD.

If the 2013 schedule remains intact, complete with the second stop in Doha, the eight-race schedule will mark the most races the sport has had since it fielded 11 in 1999.

The H1 fleet is currently in Savannah, Ga., waiting to be loaded and shipped to Doha. The scheduled date of departure is Saturday.

U-11 team ready for record run

The U-11 Unlimited Racing Group, which is sponsored by English-based Peters & May Transport Company, is currently in Coniston, England, for the Coniston Records Week starting Monday.

The Peters & May, which is co-owned by Scott and Shannon Raney and driver J.W. Myers, is the first Unlimited hydroplane to appear on English waters.

Myers will steer the boat and is guaranteed to set a UK national speed record for the class regardless of his speed. Records Week brings together all classes of hydroplanes from the smallest inboards to large off-shore craft and has been contested annually since 1970.

In addition to Myers' run, URG crew member Aaron Salmon, 20, will steer the R102 in an attempt to break the 0350 world record of 113.250 mph set in 1995 by American Sean Livingston.

Coniston Water is the third largest lake in England's historic Lake District National Park, in the Northwest part of the country. It became host to Records Week in 2005 after speed limits were imposed on the UK's largest lake, Windermere Water. Coniston is five miles long and a half-mile wide.

The lake is best known, unfortunately, for the death of world speed record holder Donald Campbell, who crashed his Bluebird K7 at 320 mph on the return leg of a record-breaking attempt in 1967. The wreckage of the Bluebird was recovered in 2001 and Campbell's remains were recovered later that same year.

After its run, the U-11 Miss Peters & May will head onto Doha where it will join the rest of the fleet for the Air National Guard H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series season-finale in January.

No word on Miss M appeal

Nearly six weeks after the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison filed an appeal challenging the results of the race in San Diego there is still no word on that decision.

Steve David steered the Oberto to the win but was later disqualified for a flagrant fuel violation. Jimmy Shane was awarded the win aboard the U-5 Graham Trucking, his second victory of the season.

The Miss Madison team appealed the decision, claiming that the monitoring equipment was faulty. H1 Unlimited chairman Sam Cole and chief referee Mike Noonan appointed an appeals committee to hear the matter.

H1 Unlimited posted on its Facebook page last week that the committee had completed its task and the Oberto team had requested a face-to-face meeting. H1 Unlimited has not yet released the results of the appeal.

Bill Boeing Jr. inducted

Former Unlimited hydroplane owner Bill Boeing Jr. was inducted into the Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame recently, just short of his 90th birthday.

Boeing campaigned the legendary Miss Wahoo in the 1950s. Driver Mira Slovak won three races for Boeing, taking the Tahoe City race in 1957 as well as race at Washington and Las Vegas in 1959.

More broadcast dates set

Broadcasts of the Columbia Cup at Tri-Cities, Wash., and the Albert Lee Cup at Seattle, Wash., will be aired over the next two weeks on Fox Sports.

The Tri-Cities race will air on Fox Sports Ohio on Thursday at 5 p.m. and again on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The race will be on Fox Sports South on Thursday at 5 p.m. and again on Monday at 5 p.m.

The Seattle race will be aired on Fox Sports Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. The race will be on Fox Sports South on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.