It was ‘all change’ for the British Offshore Racing scene in 2018, when the United Kingdom Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (UKOPRA) took over as the sanctioning body.
The racing in Britain featured international competitors from as far afield as Bermuda, however the races were not run under Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) sanction.
UKOPRA produced a set of Offshore Rules, found willing and experienced people to officiate at the races and instigated a low cost online racing licence procedure.
Offshore racers competing in Marathon and Class 3 sub-divisions raced at 3 venues, Poole, Falmouth and Cowes with a non-championship event held in September back in Poole Bay.
The racing was competitive and at times – tough, with 2 very rough races staged at Falmouth and Cowes.
The UKOPRA Series certainly captured the imagination of racers who enjoy having their bodies battered and bruised while having buckets of water thrown at them.
For 2019, more competitors from overseas have committed to race at Poole, Guernsey and Cowes while new British racers are putting boats together.
UKOPRA 2019 Race Dates
Fortitudo Property Poole Bay 100 – 8th June
Organised by 2017 MOTO Limited
Guernsey – 6th July
Organised by The Guernsey Powerboat Association
Cowes – 25th August
Organised by The British Powerboat Racing Club
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