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Young powerboaters head to area final

Young powerboaters from across the London and South East will hit the water for the area final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship at Welsh Harp Sailing Club, Birchen Grove, on 12 August 2017. The winners in two age groups, 8-12 and 13-16 will go through to the national final held at the Southampton Boat Show in September. There they will be up against other area finalists from across the UK. Maciek Matyjaszczuk, the event co-ordinator, says: The Championship is a great event to encourage youngsters to demonstrate their power boating skills. It helps them to develop to become expert boat handlers and focuses on safe and controlled boat handling skills. Each competitor aims to manoeuvre around a pre-set course in the quickest time. We look forward to welcoming competitors to the Welsh Harp event. The Honda RYA Youth…

Fair and Foul day in Falmouth

From an IPRC press release. Neptune is a capricious God and he certainly made his presence felt at the first Falmouth to Scilly Powerboat marathon race organised by the International Powerboat Racing Club (IPRC. With winds gusting up to Force 8 off Lands End and a small boat advisory warning issued by the Coastguard the International Powerboat Race Club, who organised the race, took the decision to abandon their original course and rapidly crafted a safer route. IPRC’s Eugene Bari commented on the event: Our determination has always been to make certain a race happened and we did everything we could to make that a reality. This is just the first part of our plan to expand all forms of powerboat racing where we can so it was absolutely imperative that the race went ahead in some form. A number…

Guernsey2017 cancelled

The Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA), the organisers of the 2017 UIM Class 3A and 3B World Championships have today cancelled the event due to a ‘lack of entries’. The GPA have issued the following statement: The Guernsey Powerboat Association Worlds Organising Committee and Race Committee are extremely disappointed and sadden to announce the cancellation of the UIM World Championships Class 3A & 3B and the UIM European Championship Class V24 in Guernsey in September 2017. Guernsey has a long history of organising and running excellent International and local powerboat racing, sadly, Guernsey has been badly affected by factors outside of its control and the lack of UK entries has decimated the fleet for the event. We would like to sincerely thank all our Sponsors, Ravenscroft Stockbrokers & Investment Management; Saffrey Champness Chartered Accountants; Raven Russia; Stanley Gibbons Investment; La Collinette…

P1 SuperStock 2017 : A world of racing

9 events on 3 continents 41 races 1 world team champion 2 national champions TV coverage in 154 countries 500th P1 race   It’s been another year of impressive numbers for P1 SuperStock racing, and these figures don’t include the hundreds of thousands of spectators who have enjoyed the high speed P1 action this year. Often maligned as a niche sport and for not being spectator friendly, powerboat racing has shown its true potential to attract and engage fans in diverse markets. Some people think it’s all over, but there’s still more to come as the P1 fleet in the United States prepares for the final round of the season at Islamorada in the Florida Keys next month when there will be five races over the weekend. The year began back in March when P1’s two national champions were joined…

Bad weather doesn’t daunt IPRC enthusiasm

With the Jet Stream sitting below the British Isles, the whole country is suffering from unseasonable weather. Holiday makers aren’t the only to suffer, the International Powerboat Racing Club (IPRC) ’s Falmouth to Scilly Isles UIM Marathon race this weekend has had to undergo an haircut. Race officials have put together a shortened course of 76 NM which will encompass Falmouth to Eddystone Lighthouse, Plymouth and back. The 4 competing boats, Silverline, Birretta Due, Halcyon Connect and HTS Perkins are moored at Port Penden, Falmouth until around 10am and can be seen from the Maritime Museum walkway. Start time 11.00 Tracking Link YB Tracking Course Mark 1 – Virtual Mark Approx 1 mile East of Manacles Buoy 50.02.55N 5.00.13W Mark 2 – Eddystone Rock 50.10.23N 4.14.13W Mark 3 – Yellow Buoy 50.15.01N 4.12.54W Mark 4 – Udder Rock Cardinal Buoy 50.18.52N 4.33.51W Mark…

UIM F2 – 26 entries for Tonsberg Batrace

Putting last weekend firmly behind them, 26 pilots have officially entered the UIM F2 World Championship Round to be held at Tonsberg, Norway on the 5th / 6th of August. Tonsberg is Round 3 on the 2017 Championship calendar, although the pilots have only had competitive action in Lithuania after the Belgium GP was abandoned last Sunday. Last year’s winner and 2016 World Champion, Pierre Lundin heads up an impressive international line-up at an equally impressive host venue. UIM F2 World Championship – Tonsberg Batrace Entries  1 – Pierre Lundin – SWE  2 – Johan Österberg – SWE  3 – Owen Jelf – GBR  5 – Rupert Temper – AUT  6 – Ola Petterssonn – SWE  7 – Alberto Comparato – ITA  8 – Nelson Morin – FRA  9 – Mette Brandt Bjerknaes – NOR 10 – Oskar Samuelsson – SWE…

Victory to run solo team in XCAT

The Victory Team will only have one boat competing in this season’s UIM Offshore XCAT World Series reports Gulf News. The Union International Motonautique (UIM) recently announced a tentative five-round calendar for the Series, including the first three races in various locations in China followed by a couple of rounds in the UAE. The Victory Team have won world title on all four occasions since the new class of powerboat racing was first added to the UIM calendar in 2013 are confident they can clinch a record fifth crown with the crew of Eisa Al Ali and Salem Al Adidi in Victory 3. Huraiz Al Mur Mohammad Bin Huraiz, Chairman, Board of Directors at Victory Team, told Gulf News: This is the best we can do given the late announcement from the UIM regarding a proper racing series for XCAT…

UIM F2 Belgium GP – Debacle

As I posted on here last Friday, I had concerns about the UIM F2 Belgium GP. By Sunday, my concerns turned into a prophetic reality. Jean-Marie Van Lancker the Belgium National Authority President and head of UIM COMINOFF had presided over probably one of the most disastrous UIM F2 World Championship events ever staged. Before being asked to leave from the Press Facility on Saturday afternoon, for expressing my views on the Event, Van Lancker told me, ‘You are jealous of my position in the UIM’. Perhaps I expressed my views a little too forcibly.

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