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Kayleigh Perkins to Test
Twenty-two-year-old Kayleigh Perkins hadnt
even been born the last time a woman took an
unlimited hydroplane onto the waters of Lake
Washington. That was back in 1981, but Perkins is
more than ready to get behind the wheel.
I spent all of this last winter lifting
weights to get ready for this, she said.
With the blessing of pilot Steve David, Perkins
was given the chance to take out the famous Oh Boy
Oberto hydro for its test run.
The petite Perkins handled the 31-foot-long boat
that skims across the water at up to 200 miles an
Its really hard, its going
into the corners really easy, these boats want to
turn and you can take it in with a couple fingers
but pulling it out takes full body briefing so it
was challenging, and Im excited, Ive
got to do a little more weightlifting to be able to
handle a heat in one of those. Im not quite
ready for that yet, she said.
At the end of the ride, a jubilant Perkins had a
big hug for her partner the Oh Boy
The way that I look at is if you show the
boat love the boat will show you love back,
Perkins has spent her life in and around hydros.
She began racing unlimited light hydroplanes at the
age of 16 and has become a winner despite her shy
Normally actually Im a pretty timid
person I didnt go on roller coasters until I
was 19 years old I mean Im a timid person and
when Im driving boats I feel fearless,
The next step will someday be competing in the
full hydroplanes, and by the looks of her latest
accomplishment she hit 147 miles an hour
during the test shes well on her
After the test run, Perkins went back to race
her boat, the unlimited light hydroplane Foster
Care/Triad Racing Technologies.
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