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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…

Palfreyman has a good weekend in Switzerland

Following the first round of the Formula 2 World Championships in Peurunka, Finland, which saw Matthew involved in a first turn incident, damaging his boat, forcing him to retire from the race and leaving the venue with zero points, the team headed to Campione D’Italia, Switzerland for round 2. Not deterred by the team’s disappointment in Finland, Matthew contacted multiple time World Champion, Massimo Roggiero, who allowed him the pleasure of driving one of his famous BaBa boats. The team drove to the BaBa factory in Busto Arsizio, Italy for some last minute boat preparations, then made their way to the race venue following a day of testing the boat in San Nazzaro, making sure everything was in working order and Matthew can have some extra time in the boat prior to the race. Day one was rather frustrating due…

Jelf Racing team head to Kingsbury Grand Prix

Jelf Racing  will head to Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire for the third Grand Prix of the 2016 season this weekend. Amongst 40 of Britain’s top Powerboat racers from all over the United Kingdom the team are set for rounds five and six of the Powerboat GP RYA British Championship. The team have had four weeks off following the Lancashire Grand Prix at the end of May, but rather than using this time to relax the team have used this time to make improvements and have been very busy testing in preparation for this weekend. Jelf Racing’s junior racers George Elmore and Jonathan Brewer go into the weekend currently sat in 4th and 2nd in the championship respectively. Both will be looking for podium finishes at Kingsbury in a bid to bolster their British title campaign. Just 1 point separates…

Spanish Point Nationals Race Bermuda

It was another race day with perfect weather conditions with inside seas 0-1 feet and slowly increasing.We moved our location and held the Spanish Point Nationals Race, sponsored by Spanish Point Boat Club and Freisenbruch Meyer with a course of 7.2 miles on Sunday 26 June 2016. Eight boats were scheduled to race, five made it to the pit area with only three making it to the starting line. Five of the boats S122, D420,B177,B77 and A51 all had to withdraw due to mechanical issues. Aaron Sims and Steven Bridges in their S20, a 28′ Skater powered by twin Mercury 300xs engines completed the course after a slow start as they had engine issues but came back strong. Ryan Davidge and Andrew Osbourne had an excellent day in B16, powered by an Evinrude engine to take their class. I decided…

Powerboat GP Kingsbury

British Powerboat Racers this weekend (2/3 July) head to Kingsbury Water Park in Warwickshire for the third Grand Prix of the 2016 season. 40 of Britain’s top Powerboat racers from all over the United Kingdom are set to kick it up a gear for rounds five and six of the RYA Powerboat GP British Championship. Following an exhilarating competition at the Lancashire Grand Prix at the end of May, competitors have enjoyed a 4 week break allowing them vital testing time as we head into the half way point in the season. Five of the six championship fleets will be back inaction this weekend and with only a couple of championship places separating the top boats there’s everything still to play for and this will lead to a very highly contested weekend of racing at Kingsbury. In the GT30 class…

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