Port Angeles: Victoria Express, Harmon honored by hydroplane association

Jack Harmon and Victoria Express, his foot-passenger ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria, were honored by the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association as 2003 Race Site Sponsor of the Year.

Victoria Express was the major sponsor of the Strait Thunder Unlimited Light Hydroplane Races in Port Angeles Harbor in early October

The award was presented at the ULHRA’s annual meeting Nov. 22 at the Grand Central Casino in Tukwila.

“In all honesty, the award goes to the staff that I am so fortunate to work with,” said Harmon.

The award came as a complete surprise to Harmon and his wife, Terri.

They were attending the dinner meeting along with Bob Harbick, owner of Five SeaSuns Bed & Breakfast in Port Angeles and president of the nonprofit Peninsula Water Sports Association, which organized the Strait Thunder races.

When the award was announced in a room packed with owners, racers and their spouses, “Terri and I were speechless — Bob knew the entire time but never let on,” said Harmon.

“When (ULHRA Executive Vice President and General Manager) Pat Malara started to announce the award, the entire audience stood and applauded.

“It was amazing — and for one of the few times in my life I was speechless. I accepted the award on behalf of our community.

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The rest of the story is in the Sunday Peninsula Daily News.

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