North Bend hydroplane racer is OK despite flipping boat at Seafair

August 8, 2011

Kayleigh Perkins-Mallory's hydroplane boat, the UL-72 Foster Care, cartwheels out of control during a race at SeaFair on Lake Washington, Aug. 7. Perkins-Mallory was not injured. (By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited)

Kayleigh Perkins-Mallory's hydroplane boat, the UL-72 Foster Care, cartwheels out of control during a race at SeaFair on Lake Washington, Aug. 7. Perkins-Mallory was not injured. (By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited)

It has been a tough year for hydroplane racers Kayleigh Perkins-Mallory and Brian Perkins.

The latest bout of bad luck for the North Bend residents came last weekend at Seafair on Lake Washington. Perkins-Mallory’s boat flipped during the final heat for unlimited light hydroplanes. Rescue divers quickly pulled her out without a scratch on her.

During the final heat for unlimited hydroplanes, Perkins’ boat lost its propeller, leaving him dead in the water.

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Kayleigh Perkins Mallory escapes hydroplane fire with minor injuries

April 21, 2011

 

Kayleigh Perkins leaps from the UL-72 Miss Foster Care hydroplane that caught fire as she taxied to shore after a test run in Lake Washington during the ULHRA spring training event Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Seattle, Wash. There was an explosion shortly before she leaped into the water. She was helped from the water and was okay. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Kayleigh Perkins leaps from the UL-72 Miss Foster Care hydroplane that caught fire as she taxied to shore after a test run in Lake Washington during the ULHRA spring training event Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Seattle, Wash. There was an explosion shortly before she leaped into the water. She was helped from the water and was okay. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

 

Hydroplane racer and North Bend resident Kayleigh Perkins Mallory suffered a scare Thursday when her boat caught fire while making practice runs on Lake Washington.

Perkins Mallory leapt clear of her turbine-powered boat seconds before flames swept through its cockpit.

She escaped with only minor injuries, and she is ready to get back on the water. This season, the 22-year-old wants to reclaim her crown of Unlimited Light Hydroplane race circuit.

Her boat, the U-72 Foster Care/TRIAD Racing Technologies, however, has to be rebuilt, which will force her miss at least the 2011 season’s opening race in May.

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Touching the edge: North Bend hydroplane drivers push machines, selves at Seafair

August 11, 2010

UPDATED — 12:05 p.m. Aug. 12, 2010

Touching the edge

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Brian Perkins kicks up spray while taking a test run during Seafair. (Photo by Dan Catchpole)

In hydroplane racing, the start is everything.

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SLIDESHOW | North Bend hydroplane racers at Seafair 2010

August 7, 2010

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 2010

North Bend hydroplane drivers at Seafair 2010

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Brian Perkins, right, talks strategy as the hydroplane he drives, the U-21 Miss Albert Lee, is lifted overhead and put into Lake Washington for practice runs on the Seafair course.

Siblings Brian Perkins and Kayleigh Perkins are aiming for glory at Seafair on Lake Washington. The North Bend-based drivers have only been racing a few years, but have already made names for themselves.

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North Bend hydroplane racers make waves on Columbia River

August 3, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 2010

Two hydroplane racers who live in North Bend are making waves.

Brother and sister Brian Perkins and Kayleigh Perkins-Malloy have only been on the hydro racing circuit a couple years, but both are already making an impact.

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