From Watergate Bay in Cornwall and the finals of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship with huge surf, rain, wind, hail and freezing temperatures and 24 hours later, I am sitting in the hospitality suite over looking the breakwater in Abu Dhabi!
It’s hot, music is playing and the skyline is majestic!
Warming up from Cornwall, I feel very privileged to be here to watch the UIM Class 1 World Championship.
5 days – 5 boats and 5 professional teams competing for the title.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of the ‘elite’ UIM Class 1 scene and realistically in the pits, one series is no different than another.
It’s all about winning with ‘Preparation, Camaraderie and Enjoyment’ thrown in.
I watched the first race today with a couple of fellow Brits.
Daniel Cramphorn who couldn’t compete today due to technical issues with Aquasport 99 and Ken Thorne a former Class 1 racer and a legend in his own Welsh lunch time.
Abu Dhabi # 5 had engine issues and only 3 boats made the start line.
30 minutes plus one lap and the winners crossed the line.
The Victory Team gained the win and Abu Dhabi #6 were second.
Ian Blacker and Giovanni Carpitella took third for the Norwegian team ZABO.
Blacker’s Kingfisher Fire & Security business have been a great supporter of my UK ThunderCat Racing series and it was great to see him do so well in his first race in Class 1.
To sum up after my first day here after an enjoyable dinner with Blacker and Carpitella in KFC.
I would love to see Class 1 boats racing in the rough chop rather than the flat.
The days of Guernsey when ‘men were men’ and horse power and white horses came together.
Perhaps, I’ll tell the organisers in the morning.
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.