Last weekend the Stuart Sailfish Regatta was held at the Stuart Causeway in Florida. Inboard hydroplanes, Jersey Speed Skiffs and OPC race boats took to the water in Stuart for the first time in over a decade. The race sadly was held in memory of Florida racers Charles Woodruff, Mark Van Winkle, and Dea Wiseley who all died at the Spring Thunder Regatta vintage event. Just weeks after the accidents that took their lives on Lake Dora in Tavares, Flordia the Stuart race took on added meaning. Woodruff had been a key part of bringing the races back to South Florida and his family was present for event.
Two GPs made the trip, GP-25 Shameless and the GP-45 Miss Stuart which was to be campaigned by Woodruff this season with Patrick Haworth driving. They ran exhibition heats both days. On Sunday Mike Grendell got behind the wheel of GP-45 for the first time. After running some laps along with Brandon Kennedy in GP-25, Grendell enter turn one and the boat blew over. The boat was damaged badly but luckily Grendell is okay and the boat can be fixed. You can see Jack Lowe’s video of the final exhibition and flip above. Brandon Kennedy’s onboard camera captured the flip in his mirror and that video is below. There are also a number of videos on YouTube of the accident.