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Mercury Racing announce 400R Carbon Edition at the Miami Boat Show

Mercury Racing announced its latest addition to the 400R outboard family – The ‘Carbon Edition’ at the Miami Boat Show today. Senior Marketing Manager at Mercury Racing, Rick Mackie said; We are very proud to reveal the 400R Carbon Edition, an exotic high performance Verado outboard featuring contemporary layered surfacing sculpted out of lightweight carbon fiber composite. Carbon Edition 400Rs share all of the industry leading performance characteristics and creature comforts of its Phantom Black and Cold Fusion White 400R siblings, while providing a an even higher level of luxury with this bold, aggressive visual treatment. To push the package along, a new CNC Outboard Cleaver has been developed for the 400R consumer performance outboards and the 400 ROS competition outboard. The precision machined five blade CNC outboard propeller is designed to maximise top-end speed on performance hulls powered by 400R and…

UIM and Bund Holding announce partnership

The UIM has announced today a major new partnership agreement with China’s BUND Holding Group. Confirmed and agreed between UIM President Dr Raffaele Chiulli and BUND Holding Group President Xin Chongjie, the backing will start with the BUND group’s sponsorship of the UIM Awards Giving Gala on March 4th. UIM President Dr Chiulli commented on the partnership; On behalf of the UIM, I am honoured and delighted to enter in to this new partnership agreement with BUND Holding Group. The group has been a key supporter of powerboat activities, most notably the Aquabike Class Pro World Championship and the Nations Cup World Series Grand Prix of Shanghai. That successful support has helped boost powerboat racing in one of the world’s most dynamic markets meaning an ongoing partnership between the UIM and BUND Holding can only be of benefit to the sport both…

Wanted! Powerboat racing crew for P1 Inverclyde boat

The search is underway in Scotland for a powerboat racing crew to compete in this year’s P1 SuperStock UK Championship, a four-venue race series that will include the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in Greenock on 24-25 June co-hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde. The crew of driver and navigator will race the Inverclyde-branded P1 Panther powerboat in the one-design national championship. The 28ft ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ race boat will once again fly the flag for Inverclyde and Scotland at every round of the championship which gets underway in Aalborg, Denmark before heading to the Clyde and then Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, with Scarborough staging the season finale in September. P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks says; This will be an amazing opportunity for suitably qualified Scottish residents to apply to race across the summer, including competing…

Bligh’s British BrandFuel challenge

The British BrandFuel ThunderCat Racing team of Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield are well into their close season training for a full out attack on the UIM P750 Pro Stock World Championship to be held at Cape Town, South Africa in March. Fitness is a key element and Julius proudly told me that he has been venturing to his local gym in Lymington at least 3 times a week since the turn of the year coupled with a strict diet and a zero alcohol policy to ensure he will be a lean, mean, fighting machine by March. Co-Driver Hatfield has been working out ‘on the job’, he has been competing around the World in another form of boat racing – Sailing. Hatfield commented; It’s a great way to keep up my fitness and mental discipline levels, I’m sure I’m fitter…

RYA Powerboat Racing Awards – At a glance

200 guests were at the Novotel in Southampton this evening to celebrate the 2016 British Powerboat Racing Champions and Speed Record setters. Below are the ‘Special Awards’ that were presented by Preben Sorensen from Norway at the RYA Powerboat Awards Ceremony, the various prizes acknowledged either acumen, vocation, dedication or philanthropy in the sport. When picking up his Marathon Class A National Championship trophy, Richard Carr led a minutes silence in memory of Tim Powell, Offshore Racer and organiser extraordinaire, who recently passed away. Over £2000.00 was raised for awareness of stillbirth and children’s charities which was overseen by Tom and Aisha Montgomery-Swan. Photos by Chris Davies Lifetime Service Award – Contribution to sport as a competitor and volunteer John Tassell Sue Tassell along with family members collects her late father’s John Tassell Lifetime Service Award Tony Needell Award – Outstanding Service Contribution Osprey Rescue Team 2016 Ian…

RYA Powerboat Racing Awards – Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts

The Trophy – 2016 Best Newcomer – Offshore Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts made a big impact in their first season of UK ThunderCat Racing. In their first race at Bournemouth last April, the pair claimed an impressive sixth place, by October, Broadbent and Watts were standing on the podium in Gibraltar. Josh Broadbent is a student at Loughborough University studying Construction Management while Sebastian Watts is aerospace engineering at Bristol and comes from a powerboat racing family. His father, Alastair and uncle were UIM Class 3C World Champions in 1995. Uncle, Jeremy Watts runs Ice Marine in Warsash on the river Hamble, designing and building high performance powerboats. Sebastian Watts commented; We’ve had a fantastic year and this award is a massive shock to both of us. Everyone in the ThunderCat Family have made us so welcome it’s an honour…

RYA Powerboat Racing Awards – Osprey Powerboat Rescue Team

The Trophy – Tony Needell Award for Services to the Sport The trophy is dedicated to Tony Needell – to be awarded in rotation between the various powerboat racing disciplines. The criterion is that it should be presented to anyone who is adjudged as having given outstanding service to the sport. Osprey Powerboat Rescue Team – The 2016 winner of the Tony Needell Award The Osprey Powerboat Rescue Team have been recognised for their invaluable safety coverage during Powerboat GP, F1 H2o and F1 H2o Nation Cup events. Senior member and one of it’s founders Ches Woodford said; We are extremely humbled to receive the Tony Needle award. Although there are only five of us here tonight this award goes to the scores of team volunteers who, over the past fifty years have given up so much to make our sport as…

Simone Schuft signs for Gordon Cook Racing in UIM F2

Germany’s Simone Schuft has agreed terms today with Gordon Cook Racing to compete in the team’s BaBa hull during the 2017 UIM F2 World Championship. Simone, from Neuss has been racing since 2003 where she started in the Formula ADAC Series and her first season in UIM F2 was in 2013. The lady is no stranger to Offshore followers either, having competed in the Honda F4 Stroke series in Britain in 2009. Gordon Cook commented, ‘I am excited to welcome Simone to our team today. We have been working on this deal for a while now and it’s great to finally put pen to paper’.

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