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Team Russia win UIM H2O Nations Cup

Rashed Al-Qamzi and Rashed Al-Tayer came up just short in their valiant attempt to secure a record-breaking fourth UIM H2O Nations Cup title for Team UAE on Shanghai’s Dishui Lake on Thursday afternoon. Two yellow flag incidents in the first of two 25-lap Sprint races meant that the Emirati duo had insufficient laps to mount a charge for the podium and this gave the initiative to Team Russia, as Team UAE became embroiled in a tussle with Team USA to fight it out for second place in the second Sprint race. Team Russia’s Roman Vandyshev led from the start of the yellow flag interrupted opening race to edge out Team Australia’s Corey Davoll. But veteran American drivers, Jay Price and Scott Gillman, were the main beneficiaries and third and fourth places moved Team USA into contention to topple Team UAE…

Guernsey Stanley Gibbons Investment Series continues to excite

The fourth and penultimate race weekend of the Stanley Gibbons Investment Series got underway with twelve teams taking part in less than desirable conditions caused by winds reaching force 4-5. Saturday V24 V8 Diablo Racing, Dave Corbet and Kerry Le Patourel stormed to victory, completing each lap of the Havelet course in an average of just 3.5 minutes. V3 It Wasn’t Us, (Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbott), followed Corbet’s Ocke Mannerfelt transom around the course and are now guaranteed top spot in the V24 Class Championship for 2016 having scored a total of 90 points so far with no chance of being caught before the end of the season. Club Class 2 Jai Rive and Kirsty Savident in Grey Sea battled against Pierre Petit and stand in navigator Paul Etasse in Kalypso. Etasse, a UIM Silver Medal winner in Norway, took…

Wow! Watergate’s Weather is looking fierce

Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship – Watergate Bay Nineteen ThunderCat teams have entered this weekend’s battle against the surf at Watergate Bay, Newquay in Cornwall. The weather forecast of strong winds throughout the Event is the highest priority on the Organisers minds. UK ThunderCat Racing’s Fiona Pascoe told me today; We are monitoring the weather closely. Our competitors love the surf events and we will do everything possible to put on safe racing at Watergate Bay. If the weather looks interesting, the entry list is even more so. Microlink-Ahmad Tea from Wales, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips, hold a slender 10 point lead over Multispark Racing 61, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown, in the Team Championship. 17 points behind their team mates are Multispark Racing 33, Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield. The uber experienced pairing have used the latter part of the season…

Team UAE leads UIM H2O Nations Cup from Team Russia and Team Australia

Rashed Al-Qamzi and Rashed Al-Tayer are well poised to give Team UAE victory in the UIM H2O Bund Holding Group Nations Cup for a record fourth time after Al-Qamzi beat Team Australia’s Brock Cohen in a gripping Match Race final and Al-Tayer was eliminated by his team-mate in the quarter finals of the opening racing encounters on Shanghai’s Dishui Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Team Australia’s rookie Brock Cohen faced Al-Qamzi in the Match Race final for the gold medal and the Emirati made a superb start in heat one to take a one-nil lead. The Team UAE driver maintained his composure to secure a two-nil win and his first ever Match Race victory at the UIM H2O Nations Cup. With points awarded for each racing discipline over two days, Team Russia are just one point behind Team UAE, courtesy of…

Swecat Racing developing new hull with Mannerfelt Design Team

Swecat Racing have been developing a new 30′ catamaran with the Mannerfelt Design Team this summer. Multi World Champions Erik Stark and Micke Bengtsson from Swecat have worked closely with Ocke and Ted Mannerfelt on performance and handling characteristics and in equal measure, design and quality to the highest standard. Using the latest technology in composite manufacturing, the hull will built entirely from Carbon fiber. The boat will be powered by 2 Mercury Verado 400R Four-Stroke outboards and will be built in Sweden. Niklas Sjöö, CEO of Swecat Racing commented on the project; We are building a new generation of powerboats – lighter, faster, quieter and more fuel efficient. The boat is designed for customers with a passion for extreme performance and handling characteristics commonly found in Supercars. The first boat is already ordered for delivery in spring 2017.  

Stewartby UIM F2 European Championship Entry List announced

2015 and 2016 UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin heads up an impressive list of 21 competitors  that will challenge for the 2016 UIM F2 European Championship this weekend at Stewartby. Lundin who won the 2016 World Championship at Macon 2 weeks ago, with a race to spare was a surprise inclusion on the list. Erik Edin also from Sweden has battled with Lundin all through the 2016 season only to have his World Championship hopes wiped out in France recently when Abu Dhabi Team driver Rashed Al Tayer shut the door on him causing him to roll out of contention. Uvis Slakteris (above) from Latvia who lies third in the World Championship will also make the trip to Britain. Tobias Munthe-Kaas (above) who has been realising his potential in recent races, will be joined by fellow Norweigan’s Frode Sundsdal and Christian Carlsen. The European Championship will…

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