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Stanley Gibbons Investment to sponsor Guernsey Powerboat Series for third year

In a press release received today from the GPA title sponsor, ‘Stanley Gibbons Investment is delighted to sponsor the Guernsey Powerboat Series for the third year’. The Stanley Gibbons Investment Powerboat Series is a series of six monthly powerboat races, taking place in Guernsey from May to October. Keith Heddle, Managing Director of Investments at Stanley Gibbons, said; Powerboating is an increasingly popular sport and Guernsey is the perfect setting for competitors, and spectators alike. This sponsorship is part of Stanley Gibbons Investment’s commitment to the Island, and we hope Islanders will enjoy the events. The series is a great opportunity for Islanders and visitors to see Guernsey’s spectacular coastline, and the World and European Powerboat Championships later this year are a great coup for the Island. Powerboating is growing in popularity in the Channel Islands and the Guernsey Powerboat…

Bruising Boscombe

The ageing James Tapp finally got the better of Magor Racing in Round 4 of the 2017 RYA ThunderCat Racing Championship held at Boscombe, Dorset yesterday. With co-driver Ed Redman, he steered Nationwide Assistance Group to it’s first Pro-Stock win of the season, pipping close rivals Rob Davies and Darren Phillips by just one point after 4 heats and the final. Last year’s rookie driver Lewis Huddy, with new team mate Steve Putt excelled in the strong southerly wind, Putt said after; We got our first ever podium and Lewis got driver of the day, our brand new Gemini Marine FF15 hull is absolutely insane! Modified It was decided to run Modified Class in preparation for those competitors that want to race that want to race this class internationally next year. Tom Williams-Hawkes and Malachy Browne took their first ever win…

Coleman Racing 2017 launch

Powerboat P1 World Champions, Sam and Daisy Coleman unveiled their 2017 livery to media and sponsors at a launch supported by Crossways Garage, Neyland and at the same time, the team were able to get some crucial testing in ahead of their first event in Denmark in June. The boat certainly drew some attention in the Sunday morning sun at Milford Waterfront’s open day with some high winds making the sea conditions a little bit lively as the Coleman Racing Team zipped around a laid race course just outside the marina offering experience rides to guests, sponsors and television presenter Ruth Wignall. Wignall who hosts ITV Wales’ Coast & Country programme, also announced that the Coleman Racing Team are set to appear in series 6 of the popular show.

Any bets on Davie Finlayson?

Celtic F.C. who went unbeaten and won the the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title this season had their trophy chauffeured by P1 and ThunderCat racer Davie Finlayson. The trophy was onboard a P1 Panther hull which is also sponsored by Ladbrokes. It made the short trip up the River Clyde and delivered it to Celtic Park, before it made the final leg of the trip by land. Among those on board were Celtic FC ambassador Tom Boyd, the last player to captain the club to a domestic treble, and Jim Craig, who was part of the Celtic team that defeated Inter Milan to become the first British team to win the European Cup. The P1 Panther powerboat driven by Finlayson, who will be flying the flag for Scotland in the ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ boat at next month’s P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in Greenock.…

Fatality at OPA Point Pleasant Beach Race

One person was killed and three were injured at the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) race at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, reports NJ.com. Point Beach mayor Stephen Reid said that Smith Brothers CRC, was airborne when it came down on top of Repeat Offender a 27′ Magnum. Reid identified the man killed in the accident as David Raabe, Repeat Offender’s throttle man and veteran offshore racer. Reid said that the transom of the Smith Brothers CRC was ripped off in the collision and sank. The two on board, brothers Rich and Pete Smith, were thrown clear and subsequently rescued. Updated here  Photo: Andrew Mills / NJ Advance Media

Superb Saturday for Slakteris

Less than a second separated the top six drivers when qualifying came to a close for those competing in the Formula Two class at the 46th running of the International Motorbootrennen in Brodenbach, Germany. At the top of the time sheet was the 2016 UIM European F2 Champion Uvis Slakteris. Although the Latvian driver had completed the least number of laps he didn’t feel that confident for a man that had just set the fastest time around the tricky two pin course. Today it feels good”, but I will tell you how it really feels tomorrow night. Lining up alongside him and perhaps providing Slakteris with his element of doubt is the fast charging Stefan Hagin. The German driver felt totally at ease with his performance today, safe in the knowledge that his UIM F2 World Championship campaign won’t start…

Ryan’s Record attempts

John Ryan’s UIM Marathon Allblack Racing team are going after eleven offshore ocean endurance long distance and speed records over the next 3 years. First on the list will be the Cork – Fastnet – Cork attempt over the weekend of June 3 – 4. The team which includes Philip Fitzgibbon and Denis Dillon, will be starting their first run from the oldest yacht club in the world, The Royal Cork. Having partnered with Elliot Brown Watches, Allblack Racing will prove the reliability and performance of the timepieces by strapping one to the bow of the Allblack SL44 hull during the attempt. Ryan’s reliability of extracting corks from bottles is without question, whether he has extracted the first of eleven records on his return to Cork could be down to the Atlantic swells over that weekend.

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