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ThunderCat across the Mersey

ThunderCat Racers have headed north this weekend, to Liverpool. Leaving the sunny beaches of Cornwall behind them, Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship will be competed for on the River Mersey. Complementing a busy International Mersey River Festival, the competitors will be competing in no less than 4 ‘Enduro Races’ over the weekend. Multi-winning Bligh Julius has decided the Mersey conditions are far too tough for him and the UK/South African Moku Team have celebrations to attend to in Southampton.   It leaves Rounds 5 and 6 wide open, with new challengers and whoever takes the glory, they can expect huge support from the expected 100,000 spectators. Photo: Tim Piper    

Final preperations for XCAT GP on Lake Lugano

Here we are on beautiful Lake Lugano, the weather cloudy and with some moderate rain. Water conditions look to be relatively flat with a slight chop and a light North Easterly breeze as final preparation are taking place on the eve of the great race. It’s the final day for any major changes or rearranges and the teams are going full throttle in preparation for the big race which begins tomorrow. Nadir Bin Hendi driver of the Dubai based Victory Team said, I am curious to see how the new Mercury 4-Stroke engines will perform in fresh water. He also commented that the flatter conditions, the extra weight load that the boat will carry and the fact that the boat will be sitting lower in the water due to the new heavier Mercury Engines will be an interesting test for the…

Bermuda Powerboat Boat Association

From May through September, Ferry Reach near the town of St. George’s comes alive every two weeks with an ear-piercing roar of Evinrude, Yamaha and Mercury engines, as drivers take their machines to the limit in water-skimming circuits down to Grotto Bay or joint-jarring offshore rides out through the pylons. The season reaches a peak with The Rubis Around the Island Race, one of the Islands classic sporting challenges. For over 29 years now, the annual battle between man, boat and nature has thrilled drivers and fans alike. For today’s drivers like Derek and Damon Simons, they drive their own Ocke Mannerfelt B23 boats which were built in Sweden and both sport Mercury 200xs engines. On May 29th, the 2016 racing season started in Bermuda. With a slow start to the season as not all boats were ready to show…

Team Abu Dhabi to be represented by Al-Mansoori and Al-Tayer on Lake Lugano

Victory Team’s Al-Zafeen and Bin Hendi lead series by 31 points from Swecat Racing The stunning Swiss location of Lake Lugano will play host to the third round of the UIM XCAT World Series this weekend (June 4-5) and what better place for Team Abu Dhabi to rekindle its title challenge in the prestigious world power boating series. Team Abu Dhabi’s 5 crew of Faleh Al-Mansoori and Rashed Al-Tayer endured mixed fortunes at the opening two races in Fujairah and Dubai and currently hold seventh position in the championship standings, a mere three points behind sixth-placed T-Bone Station. The crew qualified on pole at race one, before retiring from the race with engine issues, and then climbed from fifth to finish second at the second race. Victory Team’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi won the opening two rounds…

Powerboat GP Championship Hots-Up in St Helens

The 2016 RYA Powerboat GP Championship this weekend headed north to St Helens for the second round of the competition for the Lancashire Grand Prix. Five championship classes battled throughout the course of the weekend entertaining the local Lancashire crowds as the weekend’s events unfolded. In the junior GT15 class Lincoln’s Jonathan Brewer launched an attack on the championship following a disappointing result for the youngster at the Lowestoft Grand Prix earlier this month Jonathan was set to soar this weekend. Securing Pole position during qualifying Brewer knew getting the best start would be vital to keep Thomas Mantripp and Harvey Smith in his wake. Taking the lead in every heat Jonathan drove his way to win the Lancashire Grand Prix leaving his peers to battle it out behind him. Two strong second places saw Harvey Smith secure the silver…

Adrenalin builds for the very first XCAT Race on Lake Lugano

We are just a few days away where the picturesque Lake Lugano in Switzerland will be transformed into an on water Grand Prix Circuit. It wil host the third round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series which will most certainly provide as much if not more excitement and competitiveness than previous events. We should expect faster lap times, higher surface speeds as lake conditions are flatter as opposed to offshore racing which will provide more prop bite and thrust on the new longer shaft Mercury 4 Strokes. The city (Lugano) is one of the most beautiful European cities as it is located at the northern end of Lake Lugano, which is surrounded by numerous mountains that offer spectacular views. It is characterized by Italian style buildings and multiple gardens with subtropical plants such as Baku Civico Belvedere. The City…

Historic Powerboat Trophy to become permanent Round the World Record Award

One of the world’s oldest powerboat trophies, the “Dupree International Challenge Trophy”, is set to become the official award for Team Britannia’s round the world record attempt. The magnificent solid silver trophy will be rededicated at an official ceremony taking place at the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club in Portsmouth. The trophy was donated to the Club by brewing magnate Colonel Sir William Dupree, 1st Baronet, in 1932, but it is believed that the creation of the trophy pre-date this. It was then awarded to the winners of the Portsmouth and Southsea Powerboat race and was used until just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Thought to be lost for ever, after the then Club Secretary, fearing a Nazi invasion, took the precaution of hiding the valuable award. Then in 1980, whilst builders carried out…

Junior Jelfs lead the way in Lancashire

Last weekend (28/29 May) saw the Jelf Racing Powerboat Team head to the second round of the Powerboat GP RYA British Championship as they competed in the Lancashire Grand Prix at St Helens. 15 year old Ben Jelf took a break from revising for his GCSEs as he continued his domination in the GT30 class securing pole position the youngster was set to lead the way for the weekend. From pole position he then headed into the heats putting in a commanding performance taking three strong heat wins to secure the 2016 Lancashire Grand Prix and maintain his championship lead. Meanwhile in the F4 class Ben finished 4th continuing to make progress and improving with every turn of the course. More success for the team came in the form of Lincoln’s Jonathan Brewer in the GT15 class. Jonathan had been disappointed…

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