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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…

Tapping hits the water

Our photographer Tim Tapping is fighting a battle with Esophageal Cancer. It hasn’t stopped him snapping Events this year or taking a ride in Brian Peedell’s V24 last weekend in Torquay. He is a very special man and my friend.   Photos: Pat Peedell

Guernsey raises the curtain on the 2016 Stanley Gibbons Investment Powerboat season

Having been handed the responsibility of sourcing its own Event Insurance by the RYA for the coming season and that Insurance still with the Club’s Advocates up to three weeks ago, the Guernsey Powerboat Association raised the curtain in style in what I’m sure will be yet another outstanding race series supported once again by Stanley Gibbons Investment. The east coast of Guernsey incorporating Havelet Bay was to be the venue of the first two of ten races this season. Due to holidays and breakdowns, a fleet of ten boats entered for the Saturday race in smooth to slight seas which the Scandavian catamarans who raced here in 2014 would have absolutely loved. Although the sun never shone, the early morning thick fog lifted adequately for the race to start and the long run in from Lower Heads Bouy. Unfortunately,…

ÖRK Open 2016

The first offshore race of the year in Sweden took place this weekend in Öregrund. At the same time, it was the Swedish National cup in ThunderCat P750. 8 P750 boats competed in a circuit race and then raced with the other boats in the ‘main race’ or LongHaul as they like to call it. Not surprisingly it was Kjell Johansson and Filippa Ring that took the win in all of the three heats. During the main race, we had boats from many classes racing, 14 in total with a couple of ThunderCats competing together for overall victory. The ÖRK Open have a special handicap system calculated on the last race of the previous season. You raced 7 laps and the first one to finish the race won. The ThunderCats and smaller boats started first and then the bigger and faster ones. The handicap…

Ryan’s Rip-Roaring Round Ireland Record

John Ryan with his crew of Philip Fitzgibbon, Sean McNamara and Denis Dillon have shattered the Round Ireland powerboat record with a time of 12 hours 54 minutes and 24 seconds. This beats the existing 2009 record set by one of Team Hibernia’s crew members, Philip Fitzgibbon by over 5 and a half hours. The Wayne Kruse designed mono hull used for the record breaking run was powered by twin FPT N67 engines. The motors were developed by Fabio Buzzi and Fiat Powertrain Technologies and adds another impressive endurance run to sit along side Buzzi’s 2012 New York to Bermuda record. Next up on Team Hibernia’s ‘to do’ list is the Cowes Torquay Cowes race on September 4th, which should give the team plenty of time to recover from their celebrations!

ThunderCat Racing at the International Mersey River Festival

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the Liverpool waterfront next weekend (3rd, 4th and 5th June) for the International Mersey River Festival. The Event promises a programme of waterborne activities, live music and will play host to the Northern Boat Show. For racing fans, Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship will be competed for on the River Mersey. The racers will be competing in 4 ‘Enduro races’ of 45 km each, 2 races each to be held on both Saturday and Sunday from midday. Between the races, there will be ThunderCat ‘Drag Racing’, 3 to 4 boats will sprint 500 m from a standing start, the fastest 3 boats over the weekend will in line for prize money, ‘bragging rights’ and will be presented their trophies by 2016 Miss Liverpool, Molly McEntee-Morris. There will also…

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