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Does the new Class 3 sub division have the X Factor?

At the 89th UIM General Assembly held recently in Fujairah, the Swedish National Authority (SVERA) submitted a proposal for a new International Class 3 sub-division to be known as 3M. The new Class rules were approved, although with a change of prefix to X instead. Class 3X will be for mono hulls only, homologated 200HP engines with a minimum length of 6.75 m and a maximum length of 8.00 m. Width is 1.70 m minimum and 2.10 m maximum. The class proposals were submitted to the UIM for approval by the same ‘brains’ responsible for the UIM 3A rules, where a similar move was made with the introduction of UIM Class 3A in 2012 (mono hull only) and only allowing ‘cats and bats’ to race in UIM  Class 3B. For competitors that have always favoured a mono hull for racing, this may…

Marie Sjölander has 131 names so far

I reported yesterday on the forthcoming Östhammars GP against Cancer race to be held this weekend. Pernilla Ingvarsson the Östhammars OOD told me that 90 boats are expected to compete and good money will be raised for Swedish cancer charities. Marie Sjölander has managed to attract 131 donators for the cause and has plastered their names all over her husband Kjell’s Aero 18′ hull. Kjell Sjölander told me this afternoon; We are looking forward to racing with our mono hull Aero 18′ powered by a Yamaha 90. We have a ‘Classic Offshore’ class here in Sweden. It’s quite a big class and we are allowed to race with older and smokey engines! It’s a ‘race for fun’ and raising money at the same time. Marie has more to do; I have managed to put 90 names on the boat, I have work to…

Östhammars GP against Cancer

The Nordic Offshore season draws to a conclusion at Östhammars this weekend. The event will also be raising money for Cancer Research. Pernilla Ingvarsson who will be the Östhammars OOD told me; Last year was the first time we held this race. It brings money to the Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer but also other foundations that fund research against the disease. The amount that we gathered last year was almost 100,000 SEK, which was more than we could have dreamed of. The race was as simple as possible and very close to Offshore Circuit Racing. Most Swedish offshore racers had never made so many turns in a race before! A round of the Nordic Super Series for Offshore calass 3C will be competed for along with V60, V150, 3A and 3B. When we started the planning for this race we had expectations of around 50 boats. Right now we have…

Gräddö Swedish Offshore Opener

The first Offshore race of the Swedish season took place last weekend in Gräddö, (north of Stockholm). The weather forecast predicted strong winds with heavy rain. Unfortunately, the forecast was correct. Over 40 boats entered into the various classes, 3B and V-150 being the most popular. The racing course was varied, racing around Islands and shallow water, with not all getting it right! In Class 3B, Fredrik Groth Fyrö and Hanna Thorén took a ‘massive’ win over ‘the best of the best’, Thomas and Annika Wrenkler in their Twister Cat by just over a minute. Anton Modin, a ‘Rookie Racer’, ‘dialed in’ his Tintorera 20 through the course. He won the 3A class over more experienced racers and is a name to remember for the forthcoming World Championship in Tvedestrand, Norway next month. In the V-150 class Peter ‘Foppa’ Forsberg…

ÖRK Open 2016

The first offshore race of the year in Sweden took place this weekend in Öregrund. At the same time, it was the Swedish National cup in ThunderCat P750. 8 P750 boats competed in a circuit race and then raced with the other boats in the ‘main race’ or LongHaul as they like to call it. Not surprisingly it was Kjell Johansson and Filippa Ring that took the win in all of the three heats. During the main race, we had boats from many classes racing, 14 in total with a couple of ThunderCats competing together for overall victory. The ÖRK Open have a special handicap system calculated on the last race of the previous season. You raced 7 laps and the first one to finish the race won. The ThunderCats and smaller boats started first and then the bigger and faster ones. The handicap…

Swedish Offshore Racing – The Season ahead

As the ice slowly melts up here in the north, powerboat racers slowly come out of their “boating coma” that hits us during the cold winter. This year, we have a particular exciting year ahead of us with news all around. I´m here to guide you through some of the news and gossip. As well as the international classes we have our “own” national ones. We have a lot of them but the most popular ones are V-150 and V-300 and UL. V-150 and V-300 are mono hull classes with 150 to 300 hp engines. UL is a V8 class close to the American SVL class. Together with Thundercat and Runabout we have around 60-100 participants on a race weekend. Thundercat and Runabout have had steady increase in participants over the last few years and it looks like that will…