At Tuesday evening’s signing on, 14 raceboats entered for this weekend’s Stanley Gibbons Investment 2016 race series with both Saturday and Sunday’s races taking place over the exciting North Beach course.
Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge in the all new Slayer rig will be praying for calm seas throughout the weekend not only to put in a good performance, but to ensure no damage is sustained ahead of their departure next Monday to Norway where they will represent the Island at the UIM World 3A Powerboat Championships.
Hoping to put pressure on Slayer will be ‘The Governor’ , the fluorescent yellow ‘Dirty Deeds’ and Scott Walker from Jersey in his 18 foot Phantom.
The growing Z150 class will see four entries this time out with Sark’s Patrick Dewe hoping to take more points in ‘Dewpacabra’ although Bill Gladstone and Ryan Woodhouse will certainly be pushing hard in ‘Me Too’ as this ageing Phantom has suddenly been given a new lease of life with its new Eco 150 hp motor. Making up the numbers in this class will be Katie Sauvarin’s ‘Money Monster’ and another Jersey boat ‘Apache’.
Class 2 this season is restricted to monohulls only with 200hp motors where Richard Le Feuvre’s ‘Paranoid’ is expected to continue its dominating form ahead of the race sponsors boat, ‘Grey Sea’ crewed by newcomers Jai Rive and Kirsty Savident.
The newly formed Class 1, designed specifically for non monohulls sees the first appearance this season of another Sarkee, Hugh Donnelly in the rejuvenated catamaran ‘Lovely Jubilee’ and Sean Homer’s B23 Batboat, ‘Wonkey Donkey’. Homer’s last outing some two seasons ago saw him barrel roll the bat boat on this very same course, so he’ll be hoping to confront his demons this time around.
For those spectators who like the roar of a good old fashioned V8, there will definately be two V24’s on show in the form of the yellow ‘It wasn’t us’ crewed by Martin Robert and Tim Abbott and the all white ‘V59’ crewed by father and son Mark and Tom Sauvarin. To think just a week ago, their Volvo V8 motor was in bits on the workshop floor, so they will be looking for an assured performance all be it, they haven’t had the boat in the water as yet since purchasing it from Sweden.
The infamous bright green ‘Diablo Racing’ however, doesn’t look like making the start line this time around as final installation of their all new Volvo motor has been hampered by modifications to the exhaust system.
Saturday’s race starts at 10.00am with Sunday’s race starting at 11.00am. Best viewing will be from the East arm wall of the QE2 Marina as the boats pass close to the wall.
Photos: Daniellé Friend
Hollie is from the Channel Island of Guernsey.
She is an active committee member of the Guernsey Powerboat Association when not plying her trade as a Toyota Motor Vehicle engineer.