The British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) closed the doors on entries at midnight yesterday into the Cowes Classic 2016.
Last weekend’s ‘deadline’ saw a flurry of activity as last minute entrants filled out entry forms and parted with cash.
Vector Martini Racing, the winner of the last two Cowes Torquay Cowes races entered their 42′ Mercury powered Ocke Mannerfelt designed hull last Saturday.
The team are looking for a Hat-Trick of wins, although driver Peter Dredge was pragmatic,
First we must finish the race.
The UIM Marathon Class A fleet that Dredge will be racing against will be very competitive, although there was disappointment that Mikko Oikari didn’t enter his quadruple FPT powered Outerlimits boat.
The problem is the canopy.
Dean Gibbs had built the boat to UIM 2010 regulations that classified the boat as ‘open’ without the hatches mounted.
Martin Purnell (BPRC Chief Scruitineer) has told me it is classified as ‘partial canopy’ per the rule changes in 2012.
There is no chance to fulfil the requirements in time.
With an impressive fleet <Link> of 13 UIM Marathon boats set to take on the Cowes Torquay Cowes, the number of Cowes Poole Cowes entries surprised many.
18 teams have signed up, <Link> with 5 boats coming from the Channel Islands.
Guernsey based Sue Cosgrave will be co- driving for Mark Terry in an Evinrude powered Backdraft.
It’s a dream come true. I have never raced outside of Guernsey waters, to race at Cowes, the home of Offshore Powerboat Racing at the age of 50 is going to be something very special!
Details of the Event can be found on;
Main Photo: Chris Davies
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.