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Fatality at West Bay

Following a racing incident at the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA) West Bay event in Dorset today, despite the best efforts of on-scene Paramedics and the HEMS Doctor a racer lost his life.

OCRDA attract 31 entries to Torquay

The UK Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA) ventures into a brave new world this weekend at Torquay. They announced late in March via a press release that their members had voted to race independently of the National Governing Body for the 2017 season and that the club would deal with licencing and race training with racing cover from Everard Insurance. Just over a month later and OCRDA are hosting their first event of this season in the West Country with an entry list of 31 boats, which comprises of 3 class categories. This weekends event is part of The 2017 Aqua Adrenaline Tour which will also include Offshore Water Ski Racing. Photos: Tim Tapping

OCRDA look to the future

From a press release issued by the UK Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA) this afternoon. At the recent OCRDA AGM members voted overwhelmingly, for the third time, to race independently. Left with no other viable alternative, having total support of host venues and absolute assurance of cover from Everard Insurance, the committee has taken the decision to action members’ wishes. OCRDA Chairman Bob McCarthy said; After 35 years of RYA affiliation, this decision was taken with a heavy heart and not taken lightly. The OCR season kicks off at the end of April at Torquay with over 40 teams registered as part of The 2017 Aqua Adrenaline Tour alongside Offshore Water Ski Racing and other on water activities, followed by further events at Newhaven, West Bay, Howth and Plymouth. Further Information available at www.ocrda.info or email ocrda@btconnect.com Photo: Tim Tapping

UK Offshore Racing dates announced by the RYA

The RYA, the UK National Governing Body for powerboat racing have today issued on their website the racing dates for the various disciplines of Offshore Racing for the 2017 season. Headlining the published calendar are the Guernsey Powerboat Association’s (GPA) Class 3 A and B World Championships in September along with the British Powerboat Racing Club’s (BPRC) Cowes Torquay Cowes set for the August Bank Holiday. The Powerboat P1 series will travel to Greenock in Scotland for the first of their four so far confirmed dates, which also includes venues at Portsmouth, Milford Haven and Scarborough. Bob McCarthy’s Offshore Circuit Racing series (OCRDA) continues to grow in popularity with new teams joining for 2017, they will be competing with the already healthy fleet for racing in Torquay, Newhaven, West Bay and Plymouth. At a meeting held in Southampton last Saturday, McCarthy also offered to stage…

OCRDA Aqua Adrenaline Series concludes successful season at Plymouth

Bob McCarthy, Chairman of the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA), added icing to the ‘Aqua Adrenaline Tour’ cake when he attracted a 24 boat fleet to compete in the final Event of the season at Plymouth last weekend. On Saturday, Tom Montgomery-Swan raced his Spectre 32R hull – ‘SUNUS Ocean Racing’ against more nimble and smaller entries. Montgomery-Swan told me today; It wasn’t a surprise that I won both races on Saturday with my power advantage, what surprised me was the skill and speed of the other OCRDA teams. They are quick! Montgomery-Swan’s co-driver, Bligh Julius is better know for his prowess in a P750 ThunderCat; The Spectre 32R is amazing! Tom let me eat a few pies during the race, it’s the first time I have combined my 2 hobbies, eating and powerboat racing! Mark Mawby has impressed throughout the 2016 Aqua Adrenaline Tour,…

A good fleet and the sun turns out for OCRDA’s West Bay weekend

Bob McCarthy’s second OCRDA event of the season was held at West Bay, Dorset last weekend. As in Round One at Torquay, a healthy fleet of boats was garnered by the organisers and with the addition of a rare British summer commodity, warm sunshine, it all added to a well received event. Overall Results OCR 1 1st – #V13 – Brian Peedell and Andy Yeo OCR 2 1st – # 3 – Who Dares Swims – Graham Lawton and Darren Douthwaite 2nd – # 9 – If Only – Bob McCarthy and James Goldsmith 3rd – #19 – Jeremy Gibson and Elliot Underwood OCR 3 1st – #15 – Bluebell – Mark Mawby and Matt Woodward 2nd – Racing Green – Richard Mason and Phil Hancock 3rd – Minions – Neal Ives and Kelly Waller All photos: Mike Powell  

OCRDA paves the way

The winter months have been spent by Bob McCarthy listening to racers, both new and old, and the result was 20 OCR boats turning out to Torquay this weekend with some stunning racing action not seen for over a decade. Bob has invested his time and energy in many new trainees and they teamed up with some seasoned old hands to create the fleet. Some last minute prepared boats not making it past the first turn buoy meant a slightly diminished fleet of sixteen coming into the harbour turn, appreciated though by Peter Butler on commentary who was struggling to keep up all the new faces. Peter’s knowledge and ability was appreciated by the crowds that gathered to watch. Race 1 was convincingly won by Jeremy Gibson in group 1 with Graham Lawton chasing him all the way. Graham recognising…