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A Saturday lunch trip on the River Saone

I had the pleasure of meeting with Gordon Cook in Tønsberg, Norway recently. He told me that he was offering rides in his David Burgess built and designed 2SeaterF1.com boat at various venues across Europe this summer to give paying passengers their first taste of ‘real speed’ on the water with the added aim of promoting powerboat racing. I travelled down with Cook’s 2SeaterF1.com team to Mâcon in France last weekend to report on the UIM F2 World Championship race and in equal measure to take a ride in the Burgess hull on French water. My first impression of Gordon Cook with his back-up team of John Masters and Martyn Moore was one of total professionalism. They make sure the boat is safe to give rides to the general public, have full insurance in place and permissions to run with safety cover from the local…

SVERA release 3M proposal for offshore

The Swedish National Authority (SVERA) have submitted a proposal for the forthcoming UIM General Assembly for a new International Class 3 sub-division. The Class, to be known as 3M, has a sensible power to weight ratio and will allow the use of engines that fall into the popular 200hp band whilst keeping speeds below that would require a canopy. The once very popular UIM  3C sub-division has become an all catamaran canopied class with boats capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph, this in turn has diminished the international appetite for racing in the class. Many UIM 3C mono hulls were put out to grass when mandatory canopies came into place, the proposed new UIM  3M class addresses this by limiting the width to exclude both catamarans and extreme wings. The class proposals have been submitted to the UIM for…

The Phantom is back!

This years Southampton International Boat Show will see Spectre Boats International launching their version of the SW32, the lengthened model of the original Phantom 31” Warlord. In partnership with Mercury Marine, they will have on show the 32R, the race version of their leisure GT model, the same craft that raced at this years Cowes Classic, powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R’s. The Southampton show will be the global debut of the hull, now available to the public after gaining CE approval, exhibiting on berth number M154. The boats, aimed at the performance leisure market come in a variety of deck layouts and rigging partners include SIMRAD & EP Barrus. A new stepped, Centre Console concept is being launched at the show also, featuring a suspension shock mitigating console built by a Nascar firm in Canada. Laminated in Gdansk and…

Lundin takes 2016 UIM F2 title

Defending UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin drove a faultless race in Mâcon, France this afternoon. Starting from fifth on the grid, Lundin sat behind his 2016 Championship rival, Erik Edin, looking for any opportunity to pounce on his prey. Lundin’s opportunity was handed on a plate, Edin rolled his McDonald’s sponsored Molgaard hull over and gave his fellow countryman not only a French GP win but the 2016 World title. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qamzi was in blistering form. The Emirati started the race from fourth and produced one of the finest performances of his career to finish the race in second position and claim a first ever podium finish for the team in the UIM F2 World Championship. Team Manager Guido Cappellini told me after the race; Al-Qamzi has the potential to be a future World Champion, physically he is ready, we need to…

Temper controls his Temper

Rup Temper from Austria was forced to qualify for today’s UIM F2 France GP via a repechage. After posting the third quickest time in qualifying yesterday, he failed the post qualifying technical inspection. Temper’s team worked hard into the early hours of this morning to ensure a repechage win and then a 16th place on this afternoon’s GP grid. Temper duly rewarded his team with a blistering repechage drive, his best lap of 38.10 was over a second of a lap quicker than Oskar Samuelsson and Bela Cserni who will also be joining him to compete in the UIM F2 France GP. Main Photo: Fred Emeny

Big Mac-on Pole

2016 UIM F2 World Championship challenger, Erik Edin took pole at Mâcon, France this afternoon. The McDonald’s sponsored Edin and Pierre Lundin jointly lead the Championship with 55 points; Edin’s pole could prove crucial as his rival could only manage sixth in qualifying – Lundin’s Q3 Top 10 Shoot-Out laps were plagued with technical issues. Tobias Munthe-Kaas fron Norway, impressed again, he had been quick in Morning Practice and was super quick in Q1 and Q2, second on the grid for tomorrow’s French GP was the least he deserved. Rup Temper, from Austria, showed his speed when it was needed and he posted the third quickest time, however he failed the post qualifying technical inspection. The infringement means that Temper will have to take part in the repechage tomorrow lunch time in order to have a chance of competing in the race. The Austrian was far from…

2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship set for the UAE

Yesterday the UIM announced that; A meeting took place between Raffaele Chiulli, UIM President and H.H Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE Head of State and Chairman Of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), at the end of which the contract for staging the 2016 UIM Class 1 World Championship in Abu Dhabi on 23rd -25th November was signed. UIM President Raffaele Chiulli commented on the deal; We are delighted that Abu Dhabi, has become a key venue of our Sports. The UAE has demonstrated its support for the UIM through its long-term commitment as an extremely active National Authority and outstanding host of number of Powerboating Championships. This agreement further strengthens our ties and lays the foundation for an even closer cooperation in the future. I spoke to Saif Alqamzi from ADIMSC this morning…

Days after his Cowes Torquay Cowes victory, Carr reflects on the race

Days after his Cowes Torquay Cowes victory, Richard Carr reflects on his race win. The Cowes race for powerboat racing is the equivalent of Wimbledon in Tennis and the British GP in Formula 1. Anybody who is a serious powerboat racer and has been successful in the sport has their name on the Cowes Torquay Cowes trophy. However, that honour had alluded myself, Steve and Paul so to win it now at the current stages of our careers is extra special. Paul is 58, I’m 57 and Steve is 52 so just to complete the course was special, but to win the race was a major feat. Carr and Curtis have been racing together and against each other since the late 1980s and have won multiple titles. In their Cougar 46, powered by the Mercury powered aluminium hull, they recorded…

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