Powerboat Racing World has been reporting over the last few months on the behind the scenes political wrangling in British Offshore Powerboat Racing.
All of the organisers that have put Offshore races on this season have departed company with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
Two of those organisers, the International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC) and the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC), have joined with Moto2017 Ltd to put on a 3 race Offshore Championship in 2018 with venues at Poole, Falmouth and Cowes.
What were known as UIM Marathon boats will be given the opportunity to compete for one of the legendary trophies in powerboat racing, The British International Harmsworth Trophy, whilst ‘Class 3 type’ craft will be racing for a revered BPRC award, The Bahamas Trophy.
Competitors racing licences and boat registration books will be issued free of charge by the United Kingdom Offshore Powerboat Racers Association (UKOPRA).
Veteran racer and Director of the BPRC Richard Carr said today:
It’s great to see an Offshore Series back in Britain next year and one with iconic venues and such prestigious silverware up for grabs.
The aim of the 3 organising companies is to promote small and big boat Offshore Racing for competitors in this country as well to extend an invitation to racers from overseas.
2018 Provisional British Offshore Racing Calendar
The British International Harmsworth Trophy & The Bahamas Trophy – Round 1
Poole Bay 100 – Poole – May 25th – 27th* (Moto2017 Ltd)
The British International Harmsworth Trophy & The Bahamas Trophy – Round 2
Falmouth Powerboat Race – Falmouth June 16th – 17th (IPRC)
The British International Harmsworth Trophy & The Bahamas Trophy – Round 3
Cowes Classic (CTC & CPC) – Cowes – August 25th – 26th* (BPRC)
*UK Bank Holiday weekend