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Blastoff Racing’s 2016 Season just got better

Dorian Griffith’s Blastoff Racing team have taken UIM World and British Marathon Class C records at Coniston Water today. We are fairly pleased with our 85.90 mph record runs, I’m confident with further tweeks from our engineers Trevor Leigh and Will Stevens we can hit the 90 mph mark by the end of the week. Co-Driver Shelley Jory-Leigh said after breaking the records; It’s the ‘Cherry on the Cake’ for an amazing Blastoff Racing season. Since my huge racing accident six years ago, I haven’t been sure that I could compete at the highest level again, this season has not only helped to regain my confidence, it has reignited my passion for Offshore Powerboat Racing. Records subject to ratification by National Governing Bodies and the UIM Photo: Tim Tapping

Coniston Records Week – Day 1

The fist day of Coniston Records Week dawned with a traditional mist but an untraditional warm sun soon burned it off and the speed record competitors enjoyed one of the warmest days in the event’s history. Endija Zaumane (above) had traveled to the Lake District from Bauska in Latvia. She quickly made sure the long trip had been worthwhile, taking World and Latvian National records in the JT250 and T250 classes. Ben Jelf had an outstanding start to the week. He started the day with a new British National F4 Record at 77.52 mph, added World and British Records in the O1000 and S1000 classes and set the National Clubman 1000 Catamaran class at 77.90 mph. Not a bad day at the office for the 16 year old. Bob McCarthy set a new British National record in Offshore Club Class 2 at 69.38 mph, that…

Dorian Griffith has had an extremely good year

With mechanical failures various over many seasons, the Estate Agent from Watlington in Oxfordshire told me today, ‘Coming second overall in the 2016 Cowes Torquay Cowes race has changed everything’. ‘I finally found a great team of people to not only engineer my boat but to race with me. Shelley Jory-Leigh is an exceptional and brave driver; I call her my ‘Powerboat Racing Wife! I was simply amazed with her determination as we battled through huge seas on the way back to Cowes this year. Will Stevens is my other crew mate, you just won’t meet a nicer guy’. Griffith is taking his Yanmar powered 38’ Fountain to Lake Coniston next week. ‘We established a UM Marathon Class C record at 83.49 mph last year, I am fairly confident we can hit the magic 90 with our diesel power’. Griffith…

Bobin will attempt to break his record with Mercury FourStroke power

2016 UIM Class 3A World Champion Jack Bobin will be heading to Lake Coniston next week with one aim. ‘I hold the British National Class 3A speed record which I set with a Mercury 115 pro XS 2-Stroke last year’. ‘This year I want to improve that speed with my new Mercury FourStroke engine which powered me to a World Championship win in Norway’. Bobin’s British record at 71.1 mph is still short of the World Record set by Martin Lostrom. The Swede set 73.47 mph in 2012. ‘I am confident that with the added power and lighter engine that the Mercury FourStroke 115 pro XS gives me, that I can not only break my National record but set a new World Record’. Bobin with co-driver Barry Culver will power their Phantom 19 G down Lake Coniston on Wednesday (2nd…

Guernsey teams travel North for Lake records

Three teams from Guernsey are heading North to the Lake District this weekend with the aim of securing speed records. Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge will be towing their Phantom 19 Gr – ‘Slayer’ up the M6 in pursuit of a UIM Class 3A World Record. Etasse and Stonebridge, who won UIM Silver Medals in Norway earlier this year are confident their preparation is enough. John Richardson and Sophie Le Prevost will be looking to establish a new record in Club Class 1 in their Phantom. Easy Emily is fast although the third team from Guernsey, Emily and Hugh Donnelly’s 21′ Argo cat could be faster. The Yellow Argo is no stranger to the Lakes and record setting. I can’t be in Coniston this year but will follow through >> Good luck to the Guernsey teams! Hollie x

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