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Does the new Class 3 sub division have the X Factor?

At the 89th UIM General Assembly held recently in Fujairah, the Swedish National Authority (SVERA) submitted a proposal for a new International Class 3 sub-division to be known as 3M. The new Class rules were approved, although with a change of prefix to X instead. Class 3X will be for mono hulls only, homologated 200HP engines with a minimum length of 6.75 m and a maximum length of 8.00 m. Width is 1.70 m minimum and 2.10 m maximum. The class proposals were submitted to the UIM for approval by the same ‘brains’ responsible for the UIM 3A rules, where a similar move was made with the introduction of UIM Class 3A in 2012 (mono hull only) and only allowing ‘cats and bats’ to race in UIM  Class 3B. For competitors that have always favoured a mono hull for racing, this may…

The 89th UIM General Assembly

From a UIM Press Release The 89th UIM General Assembly chaired by President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli and Secretary General Thomas Kurth, assembled over 130 National Federation delegates who had travelled from around the world to Fujairah, UAE. Over seven days the members of the UIM Council and Executive Committee as well as all Commissions, Committees and Working Groups reviewed and analysed the season’s international racing activities, elaborated the changes to be implemented in the new season and prepared the 2017 international racing calendar. Inauguration of the UIM/ FIMC Youth Training Centre One of the highlights of the week was the official inauguration of the brand new FIMC-UIM Youth Training Centre at the Fujairah International Marine Club by UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli and UAE dignitaries Sheikh Saif Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, FIMC Chairman, H.E Dr. Saeed Harib, Secretary General of…

Dorian Griffith has had an extremely good year

With mechanical failures various over many seasons, the Estate Agent from Watlington in Oxfordshire told me today, ‘Coming second overall in the 2016 Cowes Torquay Cowes race has changed everything’. ‘I finally found a great team of people to not only engineer my boat but to race with me. Shelley Jory-Leigh is an exceptional and brave driver; I call her my ‘Powerboat Racing Wife! I was simply amazed with her determination as we battled through huge seas on the way back to Cowes this year. Will Stevens is my other crew mate, you just won’t meet a nicer guy’. Griffith is taking his Yanmar powered 38’ Fountain to Lake Coniston next week. ‘We established a UM Marathon Class C record at 83.49 mph last year, I am fairly confident we can hit the magic 90 with our diesel power’. Griffith…

Bobin will attempt to break his record with Mercury FourStroke power

2016 UIM Class 3A World Champion Jack Bobin will be heading to Lake Coniston next week with one aim. ‘I hold the British National Class 3A speed record which I set with a Mercury 115 pro XS 2-Stroke last year’. ‘This year I want to improve that speed with my new Mercury FourStroke engine which powered me to a World Championship win in Norway’. Bobin’s British record at 71.1 mph is still short of the World Record set by Martin Lostrom. The Swede set 73.47 mph in 2012. ‘I am confident that with the added power and lighter engine that the Mercury FourStroke 115 pro XS gives me, that I can not only break my National record but set a new World Record’. Bobin with co-driver Barry Culver will power their Phantom 19 G down Lake Coniston on Wednesday (2nd…

Guernsey teams travel North for Lake records

Three teams from Guernsey are heading North to the Lake District this weekend with the aim of securing speed records. Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge will be towing their Phantom 19 Gr – ‘Slayer’ up the M6 in pursuit of a UIM Class 3A World Record. Etasse and Stonebridge, who won UIM Silver Medals in Norway earlier this year are confident their preparation is enough. John Richardson and Sophie Le Prevost will be looking to establish a new record in Club Class 1 in their Phantom. Easy Emily is fast although the third team from Guernsey, Emily and Hugh Donnelly’s 21′ Argo cat could be faster. The Yellow Argo is no stranger to the Lakes and record setting. I can’t be in Coniston this year but will follow through >> www.conistonpowerboatrecords.co.uk Good luck to the Guernsey teams! Hollie x

Temper’s UIM F2 Bronze reinstated in Fujairah

At the final UIM F2 World Championship in Portugal recently, Austrian Rupp Temper took second place and those points were enough to give him the 2016 Bronze Medal. However, during post race scruitineering, ‘a non standard electrical connection to the engine’ caused his disqualification. Michael Werner, Rupp Temper’s Team Manager and Engineer said at the time, ‘The wiring on this engine has been put like this on the grounds of safety. I have nothing against the Technical Commissioner but if I had made this wire layout like they had asked, then I would have been fired’. The F2 RTRacing Team subsequently decided to appeal the decision. Today in Fujairah, UAE the UIM Appeal Board heard and upheld their arguments. Werner explained after, ‘We were disqualified for connecting a second battery cable to the powerstud  of our Mercury Optimax engine, so we…

Younger ‘s race team is back

Adam Younger has announced the re-formation of his successful race team. Adam Younger Design (AYD) was originally formed in 1989 and has long used competition to develop and prove designs. Initially this was if boats often built and rigged by the AYD team with Adam Younger driving. Success came in the form of wins and various levels and European and National Championships -but also in the gathering of data and the various spin offs in improving knowledge that was applied to other designs. Racing was an important area for Adam and his company during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Then racing became more occasional more clients and boat builders were representing AYD boats. A fresh dawn AYD R&D team has been set-up to develop and improve all aspects of performance boats and as such covers anything from Hull design to build &…

RYA clarifies Bristol situation

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees excited fans with the prospect of a return of circuit racing to the docks in a recent speech in which he set out a four-year vision for the city. There was plenty of speculation as to who had suggested the return of the race to the mayor and was it viable or even safe? The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have now issued a statement; The RYA can confirm that no authorised person or club has made contact with the relevant local authorities in Bristol which leads us to believe that the RYA & the sport has been incorrectly represented in these misleading discussions. The event in Bristol is an important part of Powerboat Racing history and we remember the positive contribution to the local area and exciting entertainment that it provided for the public…

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