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Posts published by “Kim McCallan”

Kim is the Vice Commodore of the Bermuda Power Boat Association.

Debut double win for Butterfield and Easton

Errin Butterfield and Shaki Easton took 2 class wins at Ferry Reach yesterday. The ‘Duo’ were competing in the first powerboat racing event of 2017 organised by the Bermuda Power Boat Association (BPBA). The start of the local season was delayed this summer by the 35th America’s Cup. With extra time to prepare, Butterfield and Easton had a new rig built and race prepared in England and shipped to Bermuda just in time for the season opener. Damon Simons who has 25 years of powerboat racing experience under his belt gave the crowds a scare during the first of two 30 minute races yesterday. After turning his Mannerfelt Design Bat Boat over on Mark ? the former Around the Island Race class winner said; I’m going to say it was driver error because I knew I was pushing the boat…

Bermuda’s Rubis Around the Island Race is set for this weekend

Bermuda’s Rubis Around the Island Race is all set for this Sunday (14th August). The race which was first run from Hamilton Harbour nearly 60 years ago, will this year boast a fleet of 19 boats in 5 classes. The ‘cats, bats and monos’ will take part in the headline event on the Bermuda Power Boat Association calendar. The Around the Island race will start from Ferry Reach, St. George at 14.00 ADT (GMT +5) with the A Class boats, then B, C, D and S Class. Main Photo: Bernews

Spanish Point Nationals Race Bermuda

It was another race day with perfect weather conditions with inside seas 0-1 feet and slowly increasing.We moved our location and held the Spanish Point Nationals Race, sponsored by Spanish Point Boat Club and Freisenbruch Meyer with a course of 7.2 miles on Sunday 26 June 2016. Eight boats were scheduled to race, five made it to the pit area with only three making it to the starting line. Five of the boats S122, D420,B177,B77 and A51 all had to withdraw due to mechanical issues. Aaron Sims and Steven Bridges in their S20, a 28′ Skater powered by twin Mercury 300xs engines completed the course after a slow start as they had engine issues but came back strong. Ryan Davidge and Andrew Osbourne had an excellent day in B16, powered by an Evinrude engine to take their class. I decided…

Bermuda – Ferry Reach

Sunday 12 June 2016 saw spectators line the shores for the second scheduled race day of the season in Bermuda. Once again only four boats made their way to Ferry Reach, however only three of the boats entered the water. Winning the A Class was Cleveland Maybury and Sal DeMello, who only completed their one lap to get full race and class points. The highlight of the day was for the crowd to witness the battle for bragging rights in the S Class, as Aaron Sims and Steven Bridges powered S20, a 28′ Skater powered by twin Mercury 300xs engines to the winners circle, while Neil Fox and Stanford Rawlins finished a distant second in S122. The D class boat did not race due to temperature gauge issues and there were no B Class boats due to mechanical and other…

Bermuda Powerboat Boat Association

From May through September, Ferry Reach near the town of St. George’s comes alive every two weeks with an ear-piercing roar of Evinrude, Yamaha and Mercury engines, as drivers take their machines to the limit in water-skimming circuits down to Grotto Bay or joint-jarring offshore rides out through the pylons. The season reaches a peak with The Rubis Around the Island Race, one of the Islands classic sporting challenges. For over 29 years now, the annual battle between man, boat and nature has thrilled drivers and fans alike. For today’s drivers like Derek and Damon Simons, they drive their own Ocke Mannerfelt B23 boats which were built in Sweden and both sport Mercury 200xs engines. On May 29th, the 2016 racing season started in Bermuda. With a slow start to the season as not all boats were ready to show…

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