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The final round of the UIM XCAT World Series commences with free practice

Two UAE-based teams will join a team from Sweden and Australia in search of the runner-up position at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – the fourth and final round on the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series. The final round will witness a field of 13 boats line-up off the breakwater and corniche of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) with the Victory Team duo of Nadir Bin Hendi and Arif Al Zaffain securing yet another world crown after winning all three previous rounds to amass a total of 129 points. In Abu Dhabi, the Dubai duo will try out their brand-new Generation 2 boat that has been especially commissioned to adapt to the new four-stroke engines while enhancing boat safety and maximum engine performance. With the title already settled for the season, much of the focus will now…

ThunderCat Racing Championship decider in Watergate Bay

When the 2016 ThunderCat dates were announced, few knew that the final Event would nearly be on an ‘Advent Calendar’ and competitors would be following the Star of Bethlehem to Cornwall. Due to a weather cancellation of the Watergate Bay event in late September, ThunderCat Racing organiser Fiona Pascoe said; We don’t cancel Events – We postpone. Postpone is exactly what Pascoe and her ThunderCat Racing team have done. 13 teams will head to Cornwall this weekend, to not only face the fierce surf of Watergate Bay, but to contend with forecasted freezing cold temperatures. Rob Davies’ Microlink Ahmad Tea team lead Multispark Racing #61 by just 10 points going into the final 2 rounds; We are looking forward to Watergate. It should be quite interesting with the colder weather and surf conditions. We enjoy the surf so it should…

Sonny Levi – ‘The father of modern powerboat design’ has passed away

Renato “Sonny” Levi who died peacefully at the age of 90 at his home on the Isle of Wight, was one of the most innovative powerboat designers of his generation. Levi was born in Karachi in 1926. He was in educated in France, India and England. His father, an entrepreneur, whose interests included interiors and furniture making was also an enthusiastic motor boater. From an early age Sonny grew up around boats and took much of his inspiration from the local vessels that plied their trade in Bombay. He moved to England towards the end of WW II and joined the RAF and ultimately reaching the rank of Flying Officer. After being demobbed, he studied aircraft design in England, after completing his studies he became the chief designer in his father’s busy ship yard – Afco in Bombay, India. In…

UIM XCAT – New Star Racing Team to debut new hull

Thirteen boats, including a brand-new Russian entry along with a custom-built hull from defending world champions Victory Team will start the final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series in Abu Dhabi next week (November 17 – 18) according to xcatracing.com. To be held off the breakwater and cornice of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), the Russian entry for this final round will be led by Mikhail Kitashev and Dmitry Vandyshev in their brand-new New Star Racing Team hull that has been built by the Victory Team at their base in Jebel Ali. Kitashev told XCAT Racing; For us this has been a brand-new experience. We took part in the Lugano Grand Prix and the success of coming 7th in our very first race made us take very serious notice of this championship. Now with a brand-new boat that…

ADIMSC gear up for frenetic month

The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) is gearing up for one of the busiest and most important months of thrilling offshore and F1 H2O racing action in its history. The ADIMSC will host three vital Grand Prix race meetings in three different UIM-sanctioned racing championships in the space of four frenetic weeks, starting with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series, on November 17-18. There will be no respite, after some of the world’s finest offshore racers have battled it out for supremacy off the Abu Dhabi Breakwater and Corniche, as the club will then switch its attentions to hosting the four-day UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, one of the sport’s most prestigious racing series’, from November 22-25. The thrilling spectacle of offshore powerboat racing will then be replaced…

Coniston Records Week – Final Day

It was a fairly quiet end to another successful Coniston Records Week. Bob McCarthy increased his Club Class 2 record to 85.68 mph, while Tom Montgomery-Swan raised his Club Class Unlimited speed to 93.01 mph. Montgomery-Swan never slow in finding new publicity angles, unceremoniously stood down his co-driver Michał Galczewski from Poland and recruited Matt Palfreyman. Palfreyman, the 2016 UIM F2 European Silver Medalist couldn’t help his temporary team mate improve SUNUS Ocean Racing’s speed and commented afterwards; ‘It were bloody good that, I’ve decided to race in the Cowes Torquay Cowes next year and beat Tom and Michał’! If the Records set were impressive, the camaraderie between Circuit and Offshore racers was more so. The Event in its 46th year has lost none of its charm and mystique. SUNUS crew photo: Mike Van Huyssteen    

Powertech Marine’s Pit Plus is aiming to aid the sport

Keith Whittle the Managing Director of Powertech Marine has been racing since 1977. He holds the UIM F2 World Speed Record at 132 mph and has won many championships as a driver and engineer. Recently he recruited John Donnelly to work with him at Powertech, Donnelly’s racing experience has been in the Honda Series and a very successful stint in Powerboat P1. His company based in Hayling Island have decided to form ‘Pit Plus’, an initiative that is looking to help ‘would be’ racers enter the various disciplines of powerboat racing. Although ‘Pit Plus’ will not be concentrating on Circuit Racing exclusively, Powertech Marine’s manager, John Donnelly told me this morning; We have 4 x GT 15 / 30 boats to use for potential competitors to try out. The aim then is that if they like it, we will take them through the hoops and over the…

Coniston Records Week – Day 4

Offshore boats were at the center of attention today at Coniston. The ongoing battle between SUNUS Ocean Racing and Blastoff took another turn, Dorian Griffith upped the World and National Marathon C Class record to 88.47 mph. Griffith, pleased with his weeks work said after; That’s the best we can get, I’m going to travel home this afternoon very pleased. Tom Montgomery-Swan then replied as Griffith was heading down the M6 with a 89.21 to take back the National record. The boat was great, I have now removed 125 kg from it to try and go even faster tomorrow, I may even shave my beard off tonight. It’s going to be ‘appointment viewing’! The 3 Class 3A boats, all Phantom 19 g hulls were busy, none more so than Jack Bobin. The builder from Essex put down an average speed of 74.01…

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