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IPRC Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly Marathon Race

The recently formed International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC), will be organising its inaugural event in July, a race for UIM Marathon boats between Falmouth and the Isles of Scilly. Applications to the UIM and the RYA have been sort, with the intention of awarding the race International Ordinary and British Championship status. IPRC Co-Chairman Paul Mitchell commented, We are doing everything we can to make this as easy as possible for the most important people, the racers. It has taken us almost two years to get the right plans and people in place and now it is really taking off. An upbeat Eugene Bari told us; The key to making this work is the enthusiasm of the competitors. Hopefully the many hours of individual conversations have developed trust between us. When we say something is possible that is because we know we…

Outlaw Team Spitwater focussed on 2017 title victory

After a number of intermittent starts in the Australian V8 Superboat Championships over past seasons, Forbes’ Justin Roylance has committed himself to a full campaign in 2017 and comes into the title race with a brand new package capable of running at the top of the super-competitive 400-Class timesheets. Lake Centenary in Temora on March 4 will be the scene of the new team’s debut. Running under the banner of Outlaw Team Spitwater, the #67 400-Class [Group A] boat will compete against Australia’s top teams for the coveted honour of becoming the national champion ahead of a 2018 season that will include a World Championship event on home soil. Justin and Bree Roylance have built a solid team around their new machine, having employed the services of multiple Australian champions JRE to build not just a state-of-the-art 400-cubic inch, 600-horsepower…

The Season Starts this weekend!

This weekend is certainly going to be interesting! At the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, the UIM are hosting their annual Awards Giving Gala to celebrate last year’s International Champions. Chris Davies and I will be in the principality to cover the ‘great and good’ from 2016 for Powerboat Racing World. Meanwhile in Cape Town, South Africa, the first of the 2017 UIM Championships will be held – P750. With the first 2 rounds set for this Saturday and Sunday we should have a good indication whether British team’s 33 BrandFuel crewed by Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield (left) and Darryn Harrison’s Moku Racing with James Ion are on track for the first UIM World Championship win of the new season. Julius told me today from Cape Town, ‘I’m feeling and looking good John, Charlie only looks better in the photo due to the ‘selfie…

V8 Superboats kicks off big season under lights at Temora

After a four month absence, the Australian V8 Superboats Championships will fire up a new season on March 4, with the opening round of 2017 – the Colin Parish Memorial – under lights at the popular Lake Centenary facility in Temora. Leading the charge will be four-time Unlimited Superboat champion Phonsy Mullan, the Victorian looking to continue his record breaking winning-streak in the vibrant yellow ‘RAMJET’ machine complete with the naturally-aspirated Chevrolet LS527ci alloy V8 with which he dominated the final two rounds of the 2016 season – interestingly, at Temora. “I’ve had a really busy off-season with GM Motorsport, so haven’t had the time I was hoping to develop our next twin-turbo machine, so for the first half of the season at least we’ll run with the 527,” Mullan confirmed. “I expect the competition will be pretty tough this…

The Teams – Nexa P1 Powerboat – Indian Grand Prix of the Sea

Six teams and their crew were announced earlier today in Mumbai, this is how the Nexa P1 Powerboat – Indian Grand Prix of the Sea will play out next weekend; The teams will participate in Time Trials next Friday,(3rd of March), to determine their start position for Race 1 on Day 2, Saturday, 4th March. The boat with the fastest qualifying lap on Friday will start at pole position followed by all subsequent boats in descending order. Winning Race 1 will earn the boat 20 points while the second and third boats earn 17 and 15 points respectively. Each boat to finish subsequently earns one less point than the previous. The grid position is reversed for Race 2 on Saturday, with the boat that finished last in Race 1 taking pole position followed by the other boats in ascending order. Collecting points in…

SPN India to televise the Nexa P1 Powerboat – Indian Grand Prix of the Sea

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is the broadcast partner for the inaugural edition of Nexa P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, the global series in powerboat racing being launched from India by Procam International, the country’s leading sports management company. This will be the first time in the world that powerboat racing will be telecast live. In addition, in a first-of-its-kind across all sports, fans will experience a ‘second screen’, which will provide personalized content that will elevate the race experience to a whole new level for viewers. SPN will bring home to millions of fans the thrilling action from the shores of Mumbai’s natural amphitheatre, Marine Drive, during the race weekend. The telecast repertoire includes 9 hours of LIVE programming on SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY PIX, and SONY PIX HD channels commencing on 3rd March…

Offshore Class 3 – The history Part II

We continue with the history of Offshore Class 3 as experienced by Ray Bulman. Part 1 is here. Twelve months later a second Putney Calais race with almost 40 entries was joined by a second offshore contest held two months earlier at the South Coast port of Newhaven, again both supported by the Regent Oil Company as regards fuel. By now a set of rules had been formulated with the class broken down into three outboard sub-divisions in line with the individual horsepower stated in manufacturer’s catalogues. The new offshore sport began attracting wider media exposure and as all craft had to be less costly standard off, the shelf production hulls using regular outboard engines; UKOBA began gaining more and more trade members keen for publicity. As soon as the new British national powerboating authority was established (RYA) in 1963…

Offshore Class 3 – The history by Ray Bulman

I have always been a huge fan of Offshore Class 3 racing. Whilst chatting with Kerry Bobin recently, who oversaw his son Jack’s UIM Class 3A World Championship win in Norway last year, he asked me, ‘What are the chances of Ray Bulman writing an article about the history of the Class’? ‘He was there from Day One’. I rang the 87 year old journalist / Bon Viveur, ‘How much is he going to pay me? My state pension isn’t covering the cost of my Mobility Scooter’! With thanks to the oldest powerboat racing journalist on the Planet, Ray Bulman and Kerry Bobin for putting this project together, here is part 1 of the article. It began almost as a joke. It was early in 1962 that the late Geoff Tobert (left) wagered boat builder Clive Curtis (Co-Founder of Cougar Marine and father of 8 time…

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