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Halcyon Days!

Miles Dobson and James Sheppard won the 2017 Cowes Torquay Cowes today with an average speed of 84.03 mph. The winner to Torquay, A69 – Cougar driven by Richard Carr and Steve Curtis broke a power steering belt on the race back a to Cowes Mechanical troubles also befell Hendricks 55 driven by 2 time winner of the race Markus Hendricks. Silverline also snapped a power steering belt on one engine on the run to Torquay, hasty repairs were carried out in the West Country which proved to be fruitful – Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings led from start to finish in their Outerlimits hull on the race back to Cowes. However, it was Dobson and Sheppard in Halcyon Connect that won the race overall with an elapsed time of 2 hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds in their Ilmor powered Dragon…

Cougar first to Torquay

2016 Cowes Torquay Cowes winners Richard Carr and Steve Curtis driving A69 – Cougar were first into Torquay this morning. They averaged an amazing 97.68 mph over the flat course, a far cry from last year when the aluminium Cougar mono battled through horrendous water. Markus Hendricks, a 2 time winner of the race finally ‘dialed in’ his Adam Younger designed hull and took second overall. 9 of the 10 starters got to Torquay, with only Birretta Due failing to finish the first leg. Results  Photo: Nigel Barrett

The Oldest Offshore Race Prevails

57 years is a long time, particularly in Powerboat Racing years. A constant on the international racing calendar since 1961 has been Offshore Powerboat Racing at Cowes. 10 UIM Marathon boats will line up on Sunday morning to tackle one of the most revered and feared Offshore courses, The Cowes Torquay Cowes. Laura Levi, the daughter of Sir Max Aitken has kept the event alive: My father Sir Max founded the race in 1961, since then we have had some amazing people who have organised the annual event. We will be thinking about one of those organisers this weekend, Tim Powell, who passed away earlier this year. Laura elaborated: Tim put his ‘Heart and Soul’ into the event for over 20 years and made it a very special occasion for competitors and fans of the sport. Laura’s husband Martin Levi…

Richie Powers returns to Cowes

Richie Powers, seven times world power boat racing champion, is returning to help race the boat in which he won the 1974 championship, the Dry Martini (Cigarette 35). He will be part of the team taking part in the world’s most prestigious off shore powerboat race, the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes, now in its 57th year, which takes place on the 27th of August. From an ARO PR and Marketing Press Release Dry Martini will have a crew of three and will be driven by Christian Toll. Powers has also won the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race on three occasions and set two world records, one for open class UIM Kilo of 158mph for a two-way run, with a top speed of 190mph. He has over 60 career victories and built and rigged most of his racing boats. The race takes place over the Bank Holiday…

Fair and Foul day in Falmouth

From an IPRC press release. Neptune is a capricious God and he certainly made his presence felt at the first Falmouth to Scilly Powerboat marathon race organised by the International Powerboat Racing Club (IPRC. With winds gusting up to Force 8 off Lands End and a small boat advisory warning issued by the Coastguard the International Powerboat Race Club, who organised the race, took the decision to abandon their original course and rapidly crafted a safer route. IPRC’s Eugene Bari commented on the event: Our determination has always been to make certain a race happened and we did everything we could to make that a reality. This is just the first part of our plan to expand all forms of powerboat racing where we can so it was absolutely imperative that the race went ahead in some form. A number…

Bad weather doesn’t daunt IPRC enthusiasm

With the Jet Stream sitting below the British Isles, the whole country is suffering from unseasonable weather. Holiday makers aren’t the only to suffer, the International Powerboat Racing Club (IPRC) ’s Falmouth to Scilly Isles UIM Marathon race this weekend has had to undergo an haircut. Race officials have put together a shortened course of 76 NM which will encompass Falmouth to Eddystone Lighthouse, Plymouth and back. The 4 competing boats, Silverline, Birretta Due, Halcyon Connect and HTS Perkins are moored at Port Penden, Falmouth until around 10am and can be seen from the Maritime Museum walkway. Start time 11.00 Tracking Link YB Tracking Course Mark 1 – Virtual Mark Approx 1 mile East of Manacles Buoy 50.02.55N 5.00.13W Mark 2 – Eddystone Rock 50.10.23N 4.14.13W Mark 3 – Yellow Buoy 50.15.01N 4.12.54W Mark 4 – Udder Rock Cardinal Buoy 50.18.52N 4.33.51W Mark…

IPRC Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly

The International Powerboat Racing Club (IPRC) will be running a Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly Marathon race on the 29th July. The organisers are bullish about their newly formed club and forthcoming event, IPRC Co-Chairman Paul Mitchell said; It has taken us almost two years to get the right plans and the best people in place and we are delighted with the support of the community. Co-Chairman Eugene Bari expanded; The key to making this work is the enthusiasm of the competitors. Hopefully the many hours of individual conversations have developed trust between us. When we say something is possible that is because we know we can deliver. We know many people are disillusioned and have lost faith in the sport but the IPRC has been set up to try and bring some of that ‘Can do’ spirit back. He continued; The…

Ryan’s Record attempts

John Ryan’s UIM Marathon Allblack Racing team are going after eleven offshore ocean endurance long distance and speed records over the next 3 years. First on the list will be the Cork – Fastnet – Cork attempt over the weekend of June 3 – 4. The team which includes Philip Fitzgibbon and Denis Dillon, will be starting their first run from the oldest yacht club in the world, The Royal Cork. Having partnered with Elliot Brown Watches, Allblack Racing will prove the reliability and performance of the timepieces by strapping one to the bow of the Allblack SL44 hull during the attempt. Ryan’s reliability of extracting corks from bottles is without question, whether he has extracted the first of eleven records on his return to Cork could be down to the Atlantic swells over that weekend.