The 5th and penultimate Event of the 2016 Guernsey Stanley Gibbons Investment Series is set to take place this weekend with 15 teams signed up to tackle the challenging Havelet course.
Guernsey racers, officials and friends have now recovered from their recent trip to Cowes!
Steve Lowe, Paul Mahy, Colin Le Conte and myself helped the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) officiate one of the roughest races ever run in the Event’s 56 year history, whilst our Guernsey competitors competed on the challenging waters in fine style with wins in RYA National V24 and Class 3B.
Looking forward to this weekend we have three V24’s set to cross the line – V3 It Wasn’t Us, V8 Diablo Racing and V59 Dirty Harry.
Dave Corbet and Kerry Le Patourel in V8 took the honours in Cowes over Martyn Roberts’ V3 but a local Dirty Harry could mix things up.
Club Class 2
In Club Class 2 we are also expecting three entrants.
Jai Rive and Kirsty Savident in 2-272 Grey Sea, Richard Le Feuvre paired with Barry Culver (left picture) in 2-5 Paranoid and Pierre Petit with Jack Lunn in Kalypso.
Grey Sea have had a great season so far and are currently leading the Championship with 45 points.
Paranoid experienced severe steering issues in the last event but still managed to finish and secured a 3rd place on the podium.
The crew of Kalypso competed for the first time at the last event and showed great enthusiasm and consistency throughout the weekend when they secured 2nd place on the podium.
Club Class 3 – 3A & 3B
The 3A and B class consists of Mark Terry and Sue Cosgrave in B-88 Dirty Deeds, Gareth and Matt Keast in A-92 The Governor, Paul Etasse with Chris Stonebridge (below) in A-61 Slayer II and finally Chris Bates paired with Jon Le Page in B-22 Bad Influence.
The team of B-88 are competing in their first year together and are growing in confidence every race.
They have recently taken part in the prestigious Cowes Classic event which saw them finish in 2nd place less than 10 seconds behind the leader A-92.
Gareth and Matt in A-92 are currently 2nd place in the 3A/B club championship and they secured a 1st place in the Cowes Classic.
A-61 Slayer also competed at the event but after a rogue wave caught them off guard the team went skyward resulting in yet another broken saddle, which ultimately ended their race.
This is the second event for newcomers Chris and Jon in B-22 Bad Influence.
The first event for this team saw them gain 16 points towards the club championship with 3rd overall from the two heats.
Three competitors in the Z150 class are all hoping for the first spot on the podium.
With only one point separating 1st and 2nd place in the club championship it’s all still to play for.
Bill Gladstone and Quentin Petit in Z-121 Me Too will be giving it their all to try stop Patrick and Phil Dewe in Z-27 Dewpacabra from getting on the top spot.
Meanwhile Katie Sauvarin and Ben Backhouse in Z-38 Money Monster will also be on form after fixing the gremlins that have plagued this team since the beginning of the year.
Club Class 1
In Club Class 1 there are two entries.
John Richardson with new team mate Sophie Le Prevost in 1-48 Easy Emily and Hugh Donnelly with Matt Kershaw in 1-86 Jubbly.
Both teams are evenly matched so far in the club championship with 35 points each.
In each event these teams have shown a great amount of competition paired with friendly sportsmanship and have proved it is all still to play for with this being the penultimate race of the season.
Saturday and Sunday races start with a parade lap at 09:00 followed by a race start of 09.15
Viewing places – Havelet Wall, Castle Breakwater, Bathing Pools and the Cows Horn.
The pit area will be at the Castle Emplacement where you can view the race boats and meet the teams.