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Ray Bulman

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Ray's columns in the Motorboat & Yachting over a 5 decade period were a must read for any boating enthusiast.

He took part in the very first Offshore Class 3 race back in 1962.

Ray passed away on January 1st 2020, he was 89.

Offshore Class 3 – The history Part II

We continue with the history of Offshore Class 3 as experienced by Ray Bulman. Part 1 is here. Twelve months later a second Putney Calais race with almost 40 entries was joined by a second offshore contest held two months earlier at the South Coast port of Newhaven, again both supported by the Regent Oil Company as regards fuel. By now a set of rules had been formulated with the class broken down into three outboard sub-divisions in line with the individual horsepower stated in manufacturer’s catalogues. The new offshore sport began attracting wider media exposure and as all craft had to be less costly standard off, the shelf production hulls using regular outboard engines; UKOBA began gaining more and more trade members keen for publicity. As soon as the new British national powerboating authority was established (RYA) in 1963…

Offshore Class 3 – The history by Ray Bulman

I have always been a huge fan of Offshore Class 3 racing. Whilst chatting with Kerry Bobin recently, who oversaw his son Jack’s UIM Class 3A World Championship win in Norway last year, he asked me, ‘What are the chances of Ray Bulman writing an article about the history of the Class’? ‘He was there from Day One’. I rang the 87 year old journalist / Bon Viveur, ‘How much is he going to pay me? My state pension isn’t covering the cost of my Mobility Scooter’! With thanks to the oldest powerboat racing journalist on the Planet, Ray Bulman and Kerry Bobin for putting this project together, here is part 1 of the article. It began almost as a joke. It was early in 1962 that the late Geoff Tobert (left) wagered boat builder Clive Curtis (Co-Founder of Cougar Marine and father of 8 time…

Offshore Legend Tim Powell has passed away

Tim Powell passed away last night. He died peacefully at home. Tim Powell entered the world of powerboating almost by accident. It was in the mid-1960s when in the bar of the London nightclub Annabele’s – Tim’s regular hostelry in those days – that he was offered the three-year old Jaguar-powered Tramontana II on the basis that it had a large sponsorship deal in the offing from Esso. The deal was done but sponsorship was purely a marketing ruse that Tim later found to be false, through his many family connections with the oil giant. Together with his old pal Norman Barclay he entered the 1967 Daily Express International offshore race between Cowes and Torquay. The pair finished mid-field after being almost asphyxiated by a broken exhaust manifold. Until now Tim’s motor sport experience centred on the Jaguar Saloon Car…

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