Offshore boats were at the center of attention today at Coniston.
The ongoing battle between SUNUS Ocean Racing and Blastoff took another turn, Dorian Griffith upped the World and National Marathon C Class record to 88.47 mph.
Griffith, pleased with his weeks work said after;
That’s the best we can get, I’m going to travel home this afternoon very pleased.
Tom Montgomery-Swan then replied as Griffith was heading down the M6 with a 89.21 to take back the National record.
The boat was great, I have now removed 125 kg from it to try and go even faster tomorrow, I may even shave my beard off tonight. It’s going to be ‘appointment viewing’!
The 3 Class 3A boats, all Phantom 19 g hulls were busy, none more so than Jack Bobin.
The builder from Essex put down an average speed of 74.01 mph. Good enough to beat the World Record set by Swede Martin Lostrom (73.47 mph) in 2012.
I’ve known since I raced in Norway how quick the boat is with the new Mercury 115 Pro XS 4-Stroke. It gives better acceleration and top end than the 2-Stroke. I used a WinRace propellor to set the record today and that was another part of a great set up.
With the World Record in the bag, Bobin loaned his boat to Kerry Le Patourel and Dave Corbett.
The Guernsey duo driving the boat for the first time ever then set a 71.70 mph which was good enough to raise the Club Class 3 record.
Bob McCarthy has steadily improved the Club Class 2 speed all week.
Today he managed an impressive 84.80 1mph in his Yamaha powered Bernico.
Sharon Atlee’s Tintorera Racing raised the Z150 record to 69.63mph.
It’s the final day of running tomorrow with the Event set to finish at 14.00.
Records subject to ratification by National Governing Bodies and the UIM
Photos: Tim Tapping
John 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 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.