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Posts published by “Hollie Woodhouse”

Hollie is from the Channel Island of Guernsey.

She is an active committee member of the Guernsey Powerboat Association when not plying her trade as a Toyota Motor Vehicle engineer.

Slayer warms up for the Worlds

Guernsey Powerboat Association Stanley Gibbons Investment 2016 race series Event 2 – Races 3 & 4 With a stiff westerly force 4 blowing in the Little Russel, the all black ‘Slayer’ driven by Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge left the competition in their wake during Saturday’s race 3 as they roared ahead of most of the fleet at the start to put in a faultless display in Club class 3 and win convincingly from The Governor (Gareth & Matt Keast) and Dirty Deeds (Mark Terry/Sue Cosgrave). Having traveled once again from Jersey, Scott Walker unfortunately retired after nine laps having snapped his saddle which was a shame as he had been holding his own in his 18 foot Phantom in some testing conditions which were getting worse as the race continued. The Slayer boys were mindful not to damage their…

Guernsey is set for Rounds 3 and 4

At Tuesday evening’s signing on, 14 raceboats entered for this weekend’s Stanley Gibbons Investment 2016 race series with both Saturday and Sunday’s races taking place over the exciting North Beach course. Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge in the all new Slayer rig will be praying for calm seas throughout the weekend not only to put in a good performance, but to ensure no damage is sustained ahead of their departure next Monday to Norway where they will represent the Island at the UIM World 3A Powerboat Championships. Hoping to put pressure on Slayer will be ‘The Governor’ , the fluorescent yellow ‘Dirty Deeds’ and Scott Walker from Jersey in his 18 foot Phantom. The growing Z150 class will see four entries this time out with Sark’s Patrick Dewe hoping to take more points in ‘Dewpacabra’ although Bill Gladstone and Ryan Woodhouse…

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,…

Guernsey 2016 Stanley Gibbons Investment Powerboat race series

This weekend will see the opening rounds of the Guernsey 2016 Stanley Gibbons Investment Powerboat race series. With 7mph winds forecasted for the Saturday race, some top speeds are sure to be recorded as the local racers flex their muscles over the exciting Havelet Bay course which will be organised by the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA). Last year’s club class 3 winners, Gareth Keast and Sue Cosgrave have parted company this term, in a friendly way I might add and will be competing against each other. Gareth has teamed up with his brother Matt having ditched their successful Backdraft for Olly Duquemin’s super fast Phantom 19, renamed The Guvernor, whilst Sue, who will continue to navigate, teams up with a newcomer to the sport, Mark Terry, in a newly purchased Backdraft, ‘Dirty Deeds’. There will be no missing this boat which sports the…

Guernsey Powerboat Association release dates for 2017 World Championships

After scooping the World 3A and 3B World Championships and V24 Europeans for 2017, the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) are pleased to announce that the UIM have upgraded the V24’s to World Championship status as long as the criteria is met with regards to the number of entrants and Nations represented. With six of those boats being owned by UK and Guernsey racers, GPA Chairman Colin Clarke is optimistic that the targets will be met and Guernsey will go on to stage what will be the inaugural World Championships in this category. Those World Championships together with the 3a & 3b World Championships will take place during the week commencing the 4th September 2017 with heats being staged on Thursday 7th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th. Not content with resting on their laurels, the GPA have also approached the RYA…

Stanley Gibbons Investment Powerboat Racing Open Day – Guernsey

When organisers talk about bringing Offshore Powerboat Racing to the public, they normally think about how the race course should be laid out. The GPA does account for that with our Stanley Gibbons Investment racing series, but we thought it would be a good idea to invite the local people on Guernsey to see the race boats close up and chat to the drivers and navigators. Yesterday, my club held an ‘Open Day’ in Saint Peter Port which started at lunch time and saw a great turnout of boats and the general public. There were competitions; local racer, Sean Homer, won a VHF radio, which should help him cut down on his phone bills, Prime Elements donated hoodies and Breda was won by the winners and bought by the losers. The children who attended, took advantage of the ‘Face Painting’…

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