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Powerboat GP enters its fifth season

The opening round of the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British Championship will be held at Oulton Broad on the 1st and 2nd May. 2015 F2 Champion Steve Hoult will be defending his title against Colin Jelf and Paul Balfour, his main rivals from last season. Thomas Mantripp will not only attempt to defend his Junior GT15 title, but will also race this year in the GT30 championship. A highlight of the Lowestoft Grand Prix is the fleet of OSY400 hydroplanes skipping across the water at speeds in excess of 65mph, with their driver’s helmets mere millimetres from the water. Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club’s Commodore Peter Mantripp had this to say on hosting the opening round of the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA Championship, The club has a strong history of Powerboat Racing and to once again be hosting…

Jelf Racing announces sponsors and racing calendar

The Jelf Racing Team has announced that they will be partnered by Peters & May for the fifth consecutive year. The World leading logistic provider has been a huge contributing factor in the team’s phenomenal success. Jelf Racing have also renewed deals with YourPrintPartner.co.uk and Castlemaine Accountancy LLP. The team will compete in the Powerboat GP RYA British Championship as well as potentially competing in some International events. Father and Son Colin and Ben Jelf will be heading up the team and will continue their established driver training program that helps develop talent in the sport. As part of the program, the team will once again be joined by junior drivers George Elmore and Jonathan Brewer in the junior GT15 class. The team will also remain committed to their long term support of T850 and 0350 Hydroplane driver, Nigel Edwards.…

Tough conditions create great racing for the 2nd day of the ThunderCat Trans Atlantic

The Trans Atlantic once again on day 2 has provided plenty of action with 45 boats competing in four classes, being Novice, Stock, Pro-stock and Modified. The extreme weather due to the huge storm of the Cape resulted in the racing being moved from Club Mykonos to Yzerfontein down the coast where there was more sheltered waters to enable rescue of boats. The windy conditions had subsided to a large degree but the sea had not so was still very rough with plenty of white crests. The top man on the day in overall top position, was once again the very experienced Pro- Stock class driver, Marc Gleed with Christian Byers as co-pilot in the Brent Oil Team boat who led the way from start to finish in the long haul and winning it by a massive 12 min and…

Trans Atlantic ThunderCat Racing in South Africa not for the faint hearted

The 22nd year running of the famous TRANS ATLANTIC in South Africa, was sure one of the most gruelling and challenging they have ever encountered, with winds over 50 knots and sea conditions 2 to 3 meter swells and like a washing machine off the West Coast. Veteran racer Dwayne Schrader said it was absolutely horrendous and the worst he has ever raced in and certainly not for the faint hearted but the organizers certainly had the work cut out with almost a third of the fleet withdrawing or breaking down. The fastest class being the modified were beaten by the Stock and Pro Stock boats with the first modified finishing 6th overall and that being the veteran Barry Marx. The 1st overall boat home was a Pro Stock class boat of another veteran racer and also a motor racing…

Stuart Croxford – ThunderCat competitor

The ThunderCat Event held at Bournemouth last weekend, was not only a success on the water, it served to remind me why I continue to follow the UK inflatable catamaran series with such passion. I had a beer and a chat with Stuart Croxford, a ThunderCat racer the night before the Event and he told me about his racing plans and other objectives for the 2016 season with Team Endeavour. Anything I could write in a note book or record on my phone that night couldn’t tell the story better than this article from blesma.org. Stuart Croxford, an amputee, Blesma Member, and Project Manager of Team Endeavour Racing, is leading the charge into ThunderCat racing for those who’ve been hurt in combat. “The only real negative is getting in and out of the boat, which can be tricky with one leg,” says Stuart, who…

Anglo-Polish Team – Sunus Ocean Racing are preparing for the Cowes Torquay Cowes

Sunus Ocean Racing has come from a mould that was taken from a 1982 Steve Baker / 30′ Phantom hull ‘Warlord’ in 2007. With Baker overseeing the project, the hull was stretched by 2′. Nick Gilley and Jon Fuller then successfully campaigned the 32′ Phantom hull ‘Swipewipes’ in the 2008 Round Britain Powerboat Race and 6 Cowes Torquay Cowes events. Madness Marine Racing owned by Michał Galczewski and based in Poland purchased the moulds a couple of years ago and their first boat is in now in the final rigging stage. The new 32′ hull proudly boasts a pair of Evinrude 300hp Outboards. Testing will start on the Baltic Sea shortly to understand engine heights before fitting an ‘in-house’ designed ‘stand off bracket’ for the motors to sit on. Galczewski will then team up with the British based food entrepreneur and…

The BPRC opens entries to the Cowes Classic 2016

The British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) has today issued Advance Programmes and Entry Forms for its Cowes Torquay Cowes and Cowes Poole Cowes races to be held on September 4th. The longest running offshore racing event in the World is now into its 56th year. The contest was the brainchild of the newspaper tycoon and second world war fighter pilot Sir Max Aitken, who had seen the Miami-Nassau Powerboat Race that began in 1956. At the time, powerboat racing was a perfect fit with America’s affluent profile. It was spectacular, and offered upwardly mobile enthusiasts an opportunity to compete on level terms with their old-money counterparts. At the London Boat Show in January 1961, Sir Max proposed that a similar race should be staged in England between Cowes and Torbay. The concept gripped the public’s imagination, and there was huge…

Guernsey issues 2016 race calendar

The Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) have today issued their 2016 race calendar. 10 races will be run over 5 weekends to determine the Guernsey Club Class Champions in the Stanley Gibbons Investments sponsored series. Over the weekend of July 23rd – 24th the club will welcome crews from the mainland who will compete in two rounds of the RYA British National Championship. The GPA goes into its third year after a successful ‘reboot’ in 2014 which included hosting the UM 3A and 3B World Championships.

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