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Ryan’s Record attempts

John Ryan’s UIM Marathon Allblack Racing team are going after eleven offshore ocean endurance long distance and speed records over the next 3 years. First on the list will be the Cork – Fastnet – Cork attempt over the weekend of June 3 – 4. The team which includes Philip Fitzgibbon and Denis Dillon, will be starting their first run from the oldest yacht club in the world, The Royal Cork. Having partnered with Elliot Brown Watches, Allblack Racing will prove the reliability and performance of the timepieces by strapping one to the bow of the Allblack SL44 hull during the attempt. Ryan’s reliability of extracting corks from bottles is without question, whether he has extracted the first of eleven records on his return to Cork could be down to the Atlantic swells over that weekend. John MooreJohn raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the…

Ryan’s Ocean 11

The UIM Marathon Allblack Racing team are going after a full 11 offshore ocean endurance long distance and speed records, and you could be part of their crew. Email Team Owner, John Ryan if you want to be involved and have a few old Irish Punts under your mattress to spare. Ryan’s team will be attempting the following records over the next 3 years; Cork – Fastnet – Cork Round Anglesey Round Britain and Ireland London to Gibraltar Gibraltar to Monte Carlo London to Monte Carlo Napoli to Capri Round Britain (under 50ft class) The Southern Islands, includes Guernsey, Jersey, Scilly Isles and Isle of Wight Miami to New York London to St Petersburg Ryan told me today; Our Allblack Racing Team are delighted to announce our UIM World Record plans, we acknowledge that they are ambitious, with the support of…

Skagerak Across and Arendal Marathon 2017 cancelled

Two UIM Marathon events in Norway, the Skagerak Across and Arendal Marathon have been cancelled by the organisers due to a lack of entries. The Tvedestrand Racing Klubb announced on their web site that at yesterday’s entry deadline, there was ‘only one officially registered boat’. The Tvedestrand based club had set a minimum of 10 entries to run the two races and hope to run the events in 2018. This just leaves 2 UIM Marathon events on the international calendar, the recently formed International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC), will be organising its inaugural event in July and the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) will be staging the classic Cowes Torquay Cowes in August. John MooreJohn raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s. He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in…

IPRC Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly Marathon Race

The recently formed International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC), will be organising its inaugural event in July, a race for UIM Marathon boats between Falmouth and the Isles of Scilly. Applications to the UIM and the RYA have been sort, with the intention of awarding the race International Ordinary and British Championship status. IPRC Co-Chairman Paul Mitchell commented, We are doing everything we can to make this as easy as possible for the most important people, the racers. It has taken us almost two years to get the right plans and people in place and now it is really taking off. An upbeat Eugene Bari told us; The key to making this work is the enthusiasm of the competitors. Hopefully the many hours of individual conversations have developed trust between us. When we say something is possible that is because we know we…

UK Offshore Racing dates announced by the RYA

The RYA, the UK National Governing Body for powerboat racing have today issued on their website the racing dates for the various disciplines of Offshore Racing for the 2017 season. Headlining the published calendar are the Guernsey Powerboat Association’s (GPA) Class 3 A and B World Championships in September along with the British Powerboat Racing Club’s (BPRC) Cowes Torquay Cowes set for the August Bank Holiday. The Powerboat P1 series will travel to Greenock in Scotland for the first of their four so far confirmed dates, which also includes venues at Portsmouth, Milford Haven and Scarborough. Bob McCarthy’s Offshore Circuit Racing series (OCRDA) continues to grow in popularity with new teams joining for 2017, they will be competing with the already healthy fleet for racing in Torquay, Newhaven, West Bay and Plymouth. At a meeting held in Southampton last Saturday, McCarthy also offered to stage…

Ryan nominated for ‘Afloat Sailor of the Year 2016’

John Ryan with his Hibernia Racing crew of Philip Fitzgibbon, Sean McNamara and Denis Dillon shattered the Round Ireland powerboat record last year with a time of 12 hours 54 minutes and 24 seconds. Ryan’s FPT powered ALLBLACK SL44 hull was a strong favourite for Cowes Torquay Cowes honours last September, only for mechanical gremlins to rob his team of more success. Recognising Ryan’s record, afloat.ie have nominated him for their Irish ‘Afloat Sailor of the Year 2016’ award. Ryan’s Record Breaking Team They have picked out 22 individual sailors and pairings who have excelled in their respective disciplines, be it offshore, dinghy, cruise or powerboating. On Friday, January 27 their judging panel will announce the Sailor of the Year at the RDS Library in Dublin. Ryan commented on the nomination; The Hibernia Racing team and I are delighted that we have been…

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 John MooreJohn raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s &…

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…

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