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Pertemps Network head P1 Superstock UK standings after Greenock triumph

A wet Sunday along the Greenock Esplanade couldn’t put a dampener on spirits as the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea came to a close yesterday afternoon. In huge contrast to Saturday’s sunshine, the heavens opened and the mist descended to cause disruption to the racing schedule and as a result only one P1 SuperStock UK race was completed and the AquaX Enduro action was reduced in time. Reduced visibility caused one race to be scrapped from the SuperStock schedule whilst the first race of the day was stopped early because of a red flag, leaving just the one race to be completed. This left Pertemps needing a finish to take the weekend spoils and the brother and sister crew of Sam and Daisy Coleman duly obliged with a race win ahead of Quantum Racing and home…

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…

The ‘First Lady’ of Offshore Racing celebrates her 90th birthday

Lady Violet Aitken celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family near her home at Lambourn, West Berkshire on Saturday. Lady Aitken (or Vi as she is affectionately known), is the biggest fan, supporter and competitor of Offshore Powerboat Racing that I have ever met. When her husband Sir Max Aitken, organised the first Cowes to Torquay race in 1961, the young ‘Lady’ was already a fan of high speed boat competition having viewed the 1956 Miami-Nassau powerboat race. For 3 decades after the start of  ‘Offshore Racing’ in Europe, Lady Aitken had raced various boats, anything from a revolutionary Sonny Levi Class 3 catamaran (main photo) to a Fairey cabin cruiser. In one of her last Offshore races in 1988, Vi raced with her daughter Laura in a Steve Baker designed, Mercury outboard powered Phantom 28′. Punishing seas in a force 6 gale…

Suncoast Charities for Children Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix – June 25th – July 4th This year’s 32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival produced by the Suncoast Charities for Children will once again provide a week full of activities for the entire family to enjoy and two full days of racing excitement. One change this year includes an expanded ‘Boats On Main Block’ Party in Downtown Sarasota on Friday, July 1st. This event will begin at 6 pm featuring a stationary display of race teams on Main Street. This will provide the general public an opportunity to meet the team pilots before the weekend races, receive team giveaways, and allow time for photo opportunities. On Saturday, July 2nd, AquaX, P1 Superstock US, and Classic / Vintage boats will be racing. On Sunday, July 3rd, over 25 powerboats will compete ranging in speeds from…

15,000 spectators at the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

Bright sunshine, a stunning backdrop of the Argyll hills and the calm waters of the river Clyde provided a perfect setting for P1 SuperStock powerboat racing. The mile stretch of the Esplanade featured over 30 trade stands as part of the Inverclyde Showcase highlighting tourism-related businesses in the Inverclyde area. After three SuperStock races It was the brother and sister duo of Sam and Daisy Coleman who took the honours, to the delight of their exuberant sponsors Pertemps, leaving them contemplating a Grand Prix victory and first place in the overall championship standings. Experience Kissimmee, competing in only their second round of the P1 SuperStock championship, grabbed a second place finish overall, closely followed by Pickfords. Strong local support for the Spirit of Inverclyde team pushed them to a respectable fourth, whilst Rawbank and Quantum Racing both suffered setbacks in…

Hibernia Racing set to feature in Channel 4 documentary

Hibernia Racing are ready for filming the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race from their UIM Marathon Class C boat. On board Hibernia Racing will be Ant Middleton presenter of the UK Channel 4 programme, SAS: Who Dares Wins. Middleton will be looking after navigating duties and in equal measure making a television documentary for Channel 4. Boat owner, John Ryan with his crew of Philip Fitzgibbon, Sean McNamara and Denis Dillon recently shattered the Round Ireland powerboat record with a time of 12 hours 54 minutes and 24 seconds. Power Boat Racing World is honoured to have their logo proudly displayed on the ALLBLACK SL44 hull.

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…

Contrasting fortunes for UIM F2 Lady Racers in Finland

The 2016 UIM F2 World Championship has 2 very quick Lady Drivers competing for honours this year. Bimba Sjöholm from Sweden and Norway’s Mette Brandt Bjerknæs both travelled to Lake Peurunkajarvi in Finland with high hopes of doing well in the first of a seven round Championship. Sjöholm was racing under the new BRM (Boat Race Management) umbrella of Dean Stallard and Steve Kerton, while Bjerknæs arrived in Finland with a brand new David Moore F2 hull. Whilst pre-season testing in Sweden had gone well for Bjerknæs under the watchful eye of team mate and 2015 UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin, the race weekend was far from favourable. The first race of the season didn’t go as planned. We struggled with motor problems all weekend and never made the race. Sjöholm’s weekend didn’t get off to a good start either, a barrel roll…