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Noone takes third place in Zarasai

The attention in Zarasai, Lithuania last weekend was focused on the UIM F2 event. However, veteran British racer Jim Noone was in action in the FR 1000 class. Chris Davies captured his third place with these great shots.          

Oban Duncan assists the Lanka Powerboat Association with their inaugural training programme

The Lanka Powerboat Association (LPA) completed a three-day ThunderCat training course for youngsters at the Diyawanna Lake last week. The training course, was aimed at imparting the know-how of powerboating to Sri Lankan youngsters between the ages of 9 and 16. Manik Gunawardana of the LPA explained; We have selected children from schools around Colombo for this exciting, comprehensive training programme. We are hoping to extend this opportunity to more children throughout the country in due course. We have been successful in inviting a Junior Powerboat champion, Oban Duncan to promote this event in Sri Lanka. Oban is the youngest champion at her level and she participated in the UIM Propstars training programme here. 10-year-old Oban Duncan from Scotland who was nominated for the 2015 Dumbartonshire Sports Personality of the Year and for the 2015 RYA Scotland Junior Sports Personality…

Gordon Cook is offering Burgess 2Seater F1 rides

Gordon Cook is offering rides in his David Burgess built and designed 2Seater F1 boats in the UK and Europe this summer. Cook based in Rochester, Kent has purchased two 2Seater F1 hulls, one which demonstrated at the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Powerboat Racing Club and another from former F1 World Champion, Jonathan Jones. Cook explains; I thought that this is the best possible advertising for the sport of circuit racing and the take up so far has been amazing. We have Groupon and other ‘experience day’ marketing companies selling the rides in the boats. For UK fans of the sport and those that want to experience the thrill and speed of a circuit cat for the first time, Cook will be giving rides at Scotland’s Boat Show on the 14th – 16th October. The 2Seater F1 will also be…

Britain’s Harvey Smith dominates GT15 in Norway

Britain’s Harvey Smith totally dominated a GT15 fleet made up of young Norwegian and Swedish racers today in Tønsberg, Norway. Smith won all 3 heats, not only were his starts perfect, his race speed was impressive. Tønsberg Båtrace organiser Joyce Christine Andersen who was overseeing the start procedures said tonight; I am delighted that we opened the GT15 racing up to international racers, Harvey has come here to Tønsberg and raced so well, this is so encouraging for the future of our sport. Photos: Chris Davies

Young Brit Harvey is gunning for GT15 honours in Tønsberg this weekend

While the focus will be on UIM F2 racers at Tønsberg this weekend, Event Organiser Frode Sundsdal has also put on a GT15 race with UIM International Ordinary status. Sundsdal told me this afternoon; Swede’s and Norwegian’s can compete against each other with a ‘cross border’ agreement. This isn’t the case for a British competitor with an International RYA licence. I took steps to make our GT15 races international, I want to encourage young racers to compete against each other at the highest level. One young British GT15 racer who has seized Sundsdal’s initiative is Harvey Smith. His father Martyn is looking forward to supporting and watching his son over the coming years; Harvey raced in the UIM GT15 World Championship in Estonia recently. He came 7th overall out of a 28 boat field. Racing against competitors from other countries…

The ‘First Lady’ of Offshore Racing celebrates her 90th birthday

Lady Violet Aitken celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family near her home at Lambourn, West Berkshire on Saturday. Lady Aitken (or Vi as she is affectionately known), is the biggest fan, supporter and competitor of Offshore Powerboat Racing that I have ever met. When her husband Sir Max Aitken, organised the first Cowes to Torquay race in 1961, the young ‘Lady’ was already a fan of high speed boat competition having viewed the 1956 Miami-Nassau powerboat race. For 3 decades after the start of  ‘Offshore Racing’ in Europe, Lady Aitken had raced various boats, anything from a revolutionary Sonny Levi Class 3 catamaran (main photo) to a Fairey cabin cruiser. In one of her last Offshore races in 1988, Vi raced with her daughter Laura in a Steve Baker designed, Mercury outboard powered Phantom 28′. Punishing seas in a force 6 gale…

Historic Powerboat Trophy to become permanent Round the World Record Award

One of the world’s oldest powerboat trophies, the “Dupree International Challenge Trophy”, is set to become the official award for Team Britannia’s round the world record attempt. The magnificent solid silver trophy will be rededicated at an official ceremony taking place at the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club in Portsmouth. The trophy was donated to the Club by brewing magnate Colonel Sir William Dupree, 1st Baronet, in 1932, but it is believed that the creation of the trophy pre-date this. It was then awarded to the winners of the Portsmouth and Southsea Powerboat race and was used until just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Thought to be lost for ever, after the then Club Secretary, fearing a Nazi invasion, took the precaution of hiding the valuable award. Then in 1980, whilst builders carried out…

Tapping hits the water

Our photographer Tim Tapping is fighting a battle with Esophageal Cancer. It hasn’t stopped him snapping Events this year or taking a ride in Brian Peedell’s V24 last weekend in Torquay. He is a very special man and my friend.   Photos: Pat Peedell

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