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RYA clarifies Bristol situation

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees excited fans with the prospect of a return of circuit racing to the docks in a recent speech in which he set out a four-year vision for the city. There was plenty of speculation as to who had suggested the return of the race to the mayor and was it viable or even safe? The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have now issued a statement; The RYA can confirm that no authorised person or club has made contact with the relevant local authorities in Bristol which leads us to believe that the RYA & the sport has been incorrectly represented in these misleading discussions. The event in Bristol is an important part of Powerboat Racing history and we remember the positive contribution to the local area and exciting entertainment that it provided for the public…

ThunderCat Championship goes down to the wire

The 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship is going down to the wire, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown in Multispark Racing 61 are keeping Rob Davies and Darren Phillips in Microlink-Ahmad Tea honest to the last. Competing under a warm October sun in Catalan Bay, GibraltarTolman and Brown won Round 12 by the narrowest of margins, a DNS in heat 5 cost the Welsh team and ultimately the Round. Rookie sensations Josh Broadbent and Seb Watts took their first ever podium, third. Student Loan is getting better every race and will surely be a Championship contender in 2017. The final 2 rounds will be held at Watergate Bay, Cornwall on November 19th and 20th. The air and sea will be cold but the final action of the season is bound to be hot, hot, hot. Photos: Mike Powell

Croxford and Edwards-Pritchard enjoy their last ThunderCat race

Stuart Croxford and Ryan Edwards-Pritchard will be using Round 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship to be held today in Gibraltar as their Swan Song. Team Endeavour ThunderCat Racing was set up by Croxford who was injured in Afghanistan in 2012 where he suffered extensive injuries to both feet. During my rehabilitation I got involved in a UK ‘grass roots’ powerboat racing series to challenge myself and get the feeling of adrenaline back into my life post injury. With no previous power boat racing experience and the kind and welcoming nature of the community surrounding the powerboat series I had an amazing first year which changed my life mentally and physically while dealing with the transition away from the Army. Croxford with co-driver Edwards-Pritchard achieved his best ThunderCat Racing result yesterday, taking third place overall in Round 11, the charismatic former Army Captain told…

Davies and Phillips edge nearer to the 2016 ThunderCat Championship

Rob Davies and Darren Phillips drove Microlink-Ahmad Tea to victory in Round 11 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship held at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar today. Their Championship competitors, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown in Multispark Racing 61 kept the pressure on throughout the day. A win in Heat 4 over their rivals gave the team from Poole hope, but the Welsh pairing of Davies and Phillips were relentless and focused in their pursuit of an overall win. Team Endeavour’s Stuart Croxford and Mark Lloyd took impressive third and fourth places overall with quick and consistent racing. Whilst new 2016 Champions ‘in the making’ were sparring today, Student Loan’s Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts took fifth place overall today and with a steady first season in ThunderCat Racing suggested that this is a warm up for their title onslaught in 2017. The Event has been supported by Visit…

Team Britannia announce 12th March 2017 start date

Alan Priddy’s Team Britannia have today announced a 12th March 2017 start date for their proposed round the world record bid. The news made was before Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship being held this weekend at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar in which Team Britannia are supporting. Priddy commented on the news today; I am delighted to confirm the new start date of Sunday 12th March 2017. Earlier in the month we had to announce the delay of our departure due to an irrevocable safety problem with the two stern hull plates. This has now been rectified and the new plates will arrive shortly, allowing the plating of the hull to be completed. Once in place, we can turn the hull over and slide the engines, Castoldi jets and fuel tanks into place, before craning into place the wheelhouse. To…

2016 ThunderCat Racing Title challenge could be decided in Gibraltar

Rounds 11 and 12 of the Microlink ThunderCat Championship will be held this weekend at Catalan Bay in Gibraltar and the event could decide the 2016 title winners. Microlink-Ahmad Tea from Wales, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips, hold a slender 10 point lead over Multispark Racing 61, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown, in the Team Championship. Martin Tummuscheit who looks after the Microlink-Ahmad Tea team has turned 2015 rookies Davies and Phillips into 2016 Championship leaders; We need to stay focused and keep our consistency. It’s certainly going to be interesting! Multispark Racing Team Manager Dave Sheldon told me today; Even though we are behind in points, Gary has good experience of racing here, he was very competitive in 2014 where he came third in the European Championship held just up the beach from Catalan Bay. It really is all to play for!…

OCRDA Aqua Adrenaline Series concludes successful season at Plymouth

Bob McCarthy, Chairman of the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA), added icing to the ‘Aqua Adrenaline Tour’ cake when he attracted a 24 boat fleet to compete in the final Event of the season at Plymouth last weekend. On Saturday, Tom Montgomery-Swan raced his Spectre 32R hull – ‘SUNUS Ocean Racing’ against more nimble and smaller entries. Montgomery-Swan told me today; It wasn’t a surprise that I won both races on Saturday with my power advantage, what surprised me was the skill and speed of the other OCRDA teams. They are quick! Montgomery-Swan’s co-driver, Bligh Julius is better know for his prowess in a P750 ThunderCat; The Spectre 32R is amazing! Tom let me eat a few pies during the race, it’s the first time I have combined my 2 hobbies, eating and powerboat racing! Mark Mawby has impressed throughout the 2016 Aqua Adrenaline Tour,…

The Dirty Dozen close the Guernsey Offshore season

12 boats competed in the final 2 heats of the 2016 Guernsey Stanley Gibbons Investment Series, last weekend. Saturday 2016 UIM Class 3A Silver Medalists, Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge impressed again, with a second overall in calm seas. Only the Ocke Mannerfelt V24 of Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbott could beat them. Etasse and Stonebridge racing in the popular Club Class 3 showed the way home to Gareth and Matt Keast in ‘The Governor’ who battled furiously with Chris Bates and Jon Le Page in ‘Bad Influence’ throughout. In 4th place were the visiting team from Jersey, Scott ‘Chaka’ Walker and George Carter in Bellona. After a very unlucky year, the team’s determination, hard work and confidence paid off with a worthy finish. Sue Cosgrave and Quentin Petit in ‘Dirty Deeds’ placed 5th, this was the first event for Sue, (My Mum)!  as an…

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