This archive includes point totals for all Hydrobowl participants by season. The points race series was established in 2000, the year multiple Hydrobowl races began.
The first human powered boat race that used a Hydrobowl format was held in Elkhart Indiana as "Hydrobowl 95". The race was held in Rockford Illinois in '97, '98, '99 and Rockford continues to be in the series as does Elkhart, as well as Sparta Wisconsin, and other cities around the greater Midwestern United States. Single-year sites have included Heartland Michigan, Buffalo New York, Brantford Ontario Canada in conjunction with the 2002 International Human Powered Speed Championships, or the "Worlds".
The Format was developped from the former IHPSC races held in places like Washington DC in 1985, Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1992, Blaine Minnesota in 1993, etc. The idea was then as it is now: to race boats in a series of events which are different enough so that no one particular feature of a human powered boat dominates the rest. For instance, if a boat is built fast, it may be long and skinny. But it might not turn very well. If it is short and maneuverable, it may not do as well in straight line speed. If a boat is nimble and light, it mat not survive as well as a heavily built machine doing the heavy labor involved with a static thrust.
The success of the Hydrobowl series is attributed to the competitiveness of the race participants and the inspiring leadership of the race directors. Early directors include Doug Milliken (Washington, Vancouver IHPSC,), Dennis Northy (Sparta, et al), Bill Ganes (IHPSC, LA). More recently Bob Buerger (Rockford), Bill Murphy (Rockford), Warren Beuchaump (Rockford), Jake Free (Brantford, LA, Elkhart), Dan Grow (St Joseph), and many others grown the fruit of the modern standardized Hydrobowl.
There are four events in the Hydrobowl:
100 meter flying start sprints
2000 meter closed course criterium
The individual with the highest points accumulation from these 4 events is the winner of the hydrobowl, and the individual, team or club with the most accumulated points during the year from different hydrobowl venuesis the points champion.
The points series scoring is that you throw out your lowest score, thus taking out one of the races of the year...if there are 5 races in the season, four matter.
The scoring is the same with the four events as with the tally of different hydrobowl venues. First place (best of each of sprint, slalom, crit, ststic thrust, or best score from each race venue)gets 40 points, second gets 37, third 35, fourth 34, fifth 33, and so on.
Participants race as individuals; each competitor is allowed 1 boat change per season.
For more on rules, go 8--6--01
Felix Audet "Felix the cat"
Derreck Banks "Wavebike 2"
Brantford Raft Brantford Raft
Len Brunkalla catamaran
Bob Buerger catamaran
Jake Free OP-1
Daniel Grow sit-on-top surfski, fiberglass
Richard Hodgekins 20 ft touring kayak, carbon fiber w/ Kevlar aramid
Midland Ontario Highschool Team "Water Strider" hydrofoil
Bill Murphy "Transducer-5" and new catamaran
Paul Niederman "Paul's Cat"
Aaron Styles "Canyak 1.5"
George Tatum "Glas-Feather"