Bermuda Offshore season set to get underway

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The start of the Bermuda Offshore Racing season was delayed this summer by the 35th America’s Cup, however, tomorrow at 13.00 (GMT-3), the Bermuda Power Boat association (BPBA) will drop the green flag on 2017 competition.

With a growing number of local racers using 115 hp power units, one particular entrant in that category is sure to attract interest.

Errin Butterfield and Shaki Easton will be campaigning a brand new Mercury powered Phantom 19 G hull.

The boat was built in Britain, rigged and race prepared by Motorvated Racing; the team that won the 2016 UIM 3A World Championship in a similar set-up.

Prior to shipping, the boat was shaken down by World Champion Jack Bobin and new owner Errin Butterfield joined him in Britain for a final session of intense testing, allowing him to get to know the boat first hand.

The boat arrived in Bermuda just over a week ago and now Butterfield and Easton’s main focus will be taking on the Classic ‘Around the Island Power Boat Race’ in August.

But first they have to dial in the UIM Championship winning design in Bermudian waters.

John Moore

John raced Offshore Class 3 in the 80’s & 90’s.

He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.

He is the Editor of powerboatracingworld.com