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Sunshine, Silver Medal and Splashes at Kingsbury Grand Prix

Jelf Racing headed to Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire last for the Powerboat GP Kingsbury Grand Prix. In what was set to be a fantastic weekend of high octane racing confidence in the team was high. In the GT15 class Jonathan Brewer and George Elmore were both focusing on podium finishes for the weekend unfortunately during qualifying neither youngster could get the clean water they wanted and had to settle for a third for Jonathan and fourth for George. But with less than a second separating the top three disappointment for Jonathan soon turned to determination as they headed into the first heat. Thomas got the best start in heat 1 but Jonathan was hot on his wake with Harvey not far behind him. George was pushing hard in 4th place when disaster struck on fourth lap as he got…

Team Abu Dhabi set to tackle two six-hour UIM World Endurance races with two boat line-up in Poland

Team Abu Dhabi continues its exciting summer of competing in European power boating events by entering two boats in the renowned Double 6 Hours of Augustów – the Necko Endurance race – in northern Poland this weekend (July 9-10). The race is organised by the Augustowski Klub Sportowy Sparta and has run since 2005. It takes place on the stunning Necko Lake and is a round of the World Endurance Championship running under the auspices of the UIM. There will be two six-hour races in the time schedule for three boat classes – S1, S2 and S3. Team Abu Dhabi has entered boats 35 and 36 in the S2 class with similar driver line-ups to the ones used at the 24 Hours of Rouen in France. Double UIM F1 H2O world champion Alex Carella, teams up with the Emirati duo…

Slayer v Motorvated – Heartbreak and Elation

The UIM 3A World Championship concluded in Tvedestrand, Norway with a twist in the tail. Going into the third race, most thought that Paul Etasse’s Team Slayer had done enough to secure the 2016 title. With 700 points in the bag and his closest rival Jack Bobin holding only 400 points, Etasse only had to finish 5th to take a Gold Medal home to Guernsey. When the green flag dropped, the 3A competitors faced seas rougher than the first race and it was no surprise to see the 2 Phantom 19 G hulls ‘neck and neck’ after the first lap. The predictable turned into the unbelievable when Team Slayer hoisted the orange retirement flag. Etasse had broken his Evinrude saddle in the most unpleasant of seas and was unable to continue. Bobin, totally unaware of the misfortune that had befallen his rival,…

Bobin’s Masterclass – UIM Class 3A World Championship – Race 2

After being cruelly robbed of a win in Race 1 on Saturday due to a split bladder tank only a few hundred yards from the finish line, Jack Bobin put on another masterclass of offshore driving. When he ran out of fuel on Saturday, he had a 3 minute lead over his nearest rival, Team Slayer, and was making a mockery of the rough seas. Today, in calmer waters he finished a full 2 minutes ahead of the Guernsey team. Leading from the front and expertly guided by his veteran navigator Barry Culver, the quietly spoken but determined Bobin from Essex dedicated his win to his parents, who have supported his racing career. If the Motorvated Team were happy, Team Slayer were ecstatic. A carefully driven second place with the prize of 300 points added to their 400 points achieved in Race 1.…

Tvedestrand Troubles

I was looking forward to covering the UIM Class 3 World Championships in Tvedestrand, Norway this year; little did I know that the organisers were woefully under prepared to host such a prestige event. After attending the Drivers Briefing and watching the first of a 3 race Class 3A and 3B World Championship yesterday, (Saturday 2nd June) and then talking to competitors after, I can only describe the start of the Skagerrak Water Festival as a total farce. Tvedestrand has a proud heritage of running Offshore Events and it certainly appeared to me that the organisers were leaning on that history to ‘cobble’ an event together. I have been told by a Class 3B Swedish team that rolled their raceboat over during the race that the Safety cover was at best poor and medical help or advice was nonexistent. Due…

Etasse slays the rough seas of Tvedestrand

2016 UIM Class 3 World Championship – Race 1 Differing weather predictions gave the organising committee of the UIM Class 3 A and B World Championships a tough time knowing exactly what course to run. At the morning race briefing, the competitors were informed that no firm decision was going to be made on the course and number of laps until just before the boats left for the start line. With a strong wind getting up and sea conditions worsening, the call was to run 5 B laps of 7 nm length. The start run was in a narrow fjord and because of this the A and B classes couldn’t start together. Once the 3B fleet were released first from the calm and sheltered waters, no one could have predicted the boat and engine damage, mass navigational errors and disqualifications galore. Fortunately in…

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