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And Then There Was One – GPA leave the RYA

The Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) have today announced that they are to end their affiliation with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) with immediate effect. Following in the wake of the UK Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA), International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC) and the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC), only ThunderCat Racing, as an ‘Offshore’ organiser will stay with the British ‘Governing Body’ in 2018. ThunderCat / British P750 organiser Fiona Pascoe who originally discussed leaving the RYA last winter, has since done a ‘180 turn’ and now acts as the RYA cheerleader in chief. The GPA issued this statement today: Following a meeting of the Directors of the Guernsey Powerboat Association and at the request of our members a meeting was held to discuss the future of powerboat racing in Guernsey and the way forward. Due to the present issues…

2017 Stanley Gibbons Investment Race Series

Thrills and spills were the talk of the latest event in the 2017 Stanley Gibbons Investment Race Series. Thrills and spills were the talk of the latest event in the 2017 Stanley Gibbons Investment Race Series.Racing got underway on Saturday morning in choppy conditions with winds of F3-4 from thee North East providing some nasty swells on some points of the course. Crews headed into the first turn mark all relatively close until a rogue wave caught out B-22, Bad Influence, forcing them skyward. When the boat landed a spectacular flip, caught on camera, showed them doing a full barrel roll, throwing the crew out in the process and ending the right way up.A-61 Slayer was the next casualty after a trim problem forced Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge to retire. Within the same lap Z-38 Katie Sauvarin and Kirsty…

Guernsey Goulliot Passage challenge

Eleven teams will take part in Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2017 Stanley Gibbons Investment Race Series this weekend in Guernsey. In preparation for the UIM Class 3 A and B World Championships to be held on the Island in September, local teams will have the chance to race through the ‘Sark Course’, featuring a run up to the infamous Goulliot Passage. Club Class 1 3 teams will compete and without a doubt, the fastest of the bunch will be Jubbly, crewed by Hugh Donnelly and Matt Kershaw. This team have really got to grips with the boat and they put on fabulous performances at each event. Newcomers this year, but showing great skill paired with consistent improvement are James Roussel and Scott Walker in 1-116, The Flying Dutchman, a fitting name for this Rig! Jersey entrant Andrew Marshman with…

Stanley Gibbons Investment Race Series

Event 2 of the 2017 Stanley Gibbons Investment Race Series got underway at the weekend with 10 boats signed up to take part. Crews were greeted early Saturday morning by a light breeze and Sun, perfect conditions for the North Beach Outer course. Competitors made their way to the muster area ahead of the crowd that had gathered on the East Arm Wall and the entire fleet took part in a minute silence in honour of the late Colin Guille. Teams then continued on the parade lap and up to muster. Within minutes the fleet were heading towards the first turn with 2-86 Jubbly, driven by Hugh Donnelly quickly taking the lead followed by Andrew Marshman and Pierre Petit in 2-909 Warpath. Not far behind was James Roussel and Jamie Marquand in 1-116 The Flying Dutchman, a boat name very…

Guernsey pray for better weather

Races 3 and 4 of the 2017 Stanley Gibbons Investment Race Series get underway this weekend with 10 teams signed up to take part in the North Beach Outer Course. After the first event was a wash out, teams are raring to go for this event. In Class 3 there are a total of 5 entrants This Class are using the 2017 Race Season to gain experience for the up and coming UIM Class 3A and B World Championships in September. Paul Etasse will be reunited with navigator Chris Stonebridge in A-61 Slayer, the pairing narrowly missed out on the 3A World title last year and will be using this event to hone their Phantom 19g in the pursuit of a 2017 Gold Medal. Gareth Keast and Quentin Petit in A-92 The Governor were off to a great start last event,…

Crazy weather in Guernsey

The highly anticipated start to the 2017 Stanley Gibbons Race Series in Guernsey was cruelly undermined by the weather. 11 keen teams arrived at an early GPA race briefing last Saturday, only to be informed by Officials that due to decreasing visibility and 27 knot winds, their ‘season opener’ would have to wait until tomorrow. With a potential weather window on Sunday morning, the Guernsey racers made their way to the muster area only to see a huge thunderstorm and lightning strikes hitting Sark Island a few miles away. With a Green Flag signaling the start of the season, Hugh Donnelly and Matt Kershaw pushed their veteran Argo Cat (above) into the lead, closely followed by Patrick and Phil Dewe in Dewpacabra. Behind the leaders, 2 Phantom 19G hulls were dicing for the first time, Slayer Racing, driven by Paul Etasse the 2016 UIM 3A Silver Medalist and Easy…