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Poole in Pictures

Whilst it was disappointing that both the Don Shead designed Uno Embassy and the wooden Cougar cat, Unipart Lambs didn't make the start line, it was certainly refreshing to see 14 boats take the green flag off Bournemouth Pier this afternoon, the first British offshore race of the season.

Offshore Revival in Poole

2020 has been a year to forget for the majority of us, however, the United Kingdom Offshore Powerboat Racing Association, (UKOPRA) have pulled out all the stops to ensure that their British racers get to enjoy at least two races in Poole, Dorset this weekend.

UKOPRA recognises Ray Bulman

The UKOPRA awards held in Southampton last Saturday night saw veteran powerboat racing journalist, Ray Bulman receive an award for his services to the sport. The UKOPRA Chairman writes for Powerboat Racing World. There are few remaining that can speak with such authority on Offshore Racing. Prior to 1961, racing on the sea had generally consisted of head to head challenges in protected waters and circuits in even further protection. Whilst in 1961 Sir Max Aitken created the now world famous Cowes to Torquay race which was played out by gentlemen in their cruisers, just six months later would see Clive Curtis commanded to prove that his runabout could reach Calais in order to secure a sale. On hearing of this Geoff Tobert and Ray Bulman considered it appropriate to place the ‘five pound bet’ that they could do it…

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