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Bermuda’s Kim involved in Around the Island flip

Vice Commodore of the Bermuda Power Boat Association, Kim McCallan was involved in a racing incident during the Rubis Around the Island Race today. Kim, Powerboat Racing World’s Bermuda correspondent, was taken to hospital after her D Class Skater cat, piloted by Howard Ascento, flipped near Five Star Island. Taking part in the race for the first time as a co-pilot, she was thrown out of the Yamaha powered cat’s cockpit. She was taken ashore taken to hospital for treatment for a cut above an eye and a bruised shoulder and is expected to be released soon. Powerboat Racing World wishes Kim a speedy recovery. Report details – royalgazette.com Photo: Dani’elle Hayward

Silverline tests for Cowes Torquay Cowes

Drew Langdon and Giancarlo Cangiano tested their Mercury powered Outerlimits hull – Silverline, in the West Country of England today. The Anglo / Italian pairing have teamed up in a bid to win the Cowes Torquay Cowes race next month. Silverline will be racing in UIM Marathon Class A and faces formidable competition. Peter Dredge’s Vector Martini Rosso the winner last year, Cougar 46 crewed by Steve Curtis and Richard Carr, Hendricks 55 driven by double CTC winner Markus Hendricks and The Tommy Racing Team from Italy. Thanks to Tim Tapping for the shots, it’s great to see him back behind the camera after his battle with cancer over the last year.    

Bermuda’s Rubis Around the Island Race is set for this weekend

Bermuda’s Rubis Around the Island Race is all set for this Sunday (14th August). The race which was first run from Hamilton Harbour nearly 60 years ago, will this year boast a fleet of 19 boats in 5 classes. The ‘cats, bats and monos’ will take part in the headline event on the Bermuda Power Boat Association calendar. The Around the Island race will start from Ferry Reach, St. George at 14.00 ADT (GMT +5) with the A Class boats, then B, C, D and S Class. Main Photo: Bernews

Balfour sprints to Stewartby F2 win

Stewartby Powerboat and Hydroplane Racing Club hosted Britain’s top circuit racers last weekend for the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British Sprint Championship. GT15 The junior racers aged 9-16 had a hot favourite for the weekend, reigning sprint champion Thomas Mantripp but with strong competition in the rest of the fleet it wasn’t going to be an easy task. As qualifying got underway the youngsters all took to the water looking to set the fastest lap to secure the coveted pole position. Championship crown hopeful Jonathan Brewer set the fastest lap ahead of the reigning champion. Heading into the first heat as the lights went out the six youngsters powered away from the start jetty in a flurry of action. As they rounded the top turn all eyes were on Jonathan Brewer and Thomas Mantripp to see who would round the turn first.…

A dozen championships for Ben Jelf

16 year old Ben Jelf secured his 12th British Championship crown as he claimed the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British GT30 Sprint Championship at Stewartby Powerboat & Hydroplane Racing Club. The focused youngster headed out with only one job on his mind, claiming another British Title. Each competitor would compete in qualifying and then over three heats to challenge for the Sprint championship. In qualifying Ben set pole position but young female racer Tiegen Goodfellow was hot on his wake with half a second separating the two formidable youngsters. As the lights went out for the first heat of the weekend Ben got off to a storming start leading the race from start to finish Tiegen piled on the pressure but Jelf remained calm and collected holding his lead to the chequered flag. With deteriorating conditions expected for the Sunday officials decided…

Gordon Cook is offering Burgess 2Seater F1 rides

Gordon Cook is offering rides in his David Burgess built and designed 2Seater F1 boats in the UK and Europe this summer. Cook based in Rochester, Kent has purchased two 2Seater F1 hulls, one which demonstrated at the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Powerboat Racing Club and another from former F1 World Champion, Jonathan Jones. Cook explains; I thought that this is the best possible advertising for the sport of circuit racing and the take up so far has been amazing. We have Groupon and other ‘experience day’ marketing companies selling the rides in the boats. For UK fans of the sport and those that want to experience the thrill and speed of a circuit cat for the first time, Cook will be giving rides at Scotland’s Boat Show on the 14th – 16th October. The 2Seater F1 will also be…

C Class Competition at Cowes

The UIM Marathon C class at the Cowes Classic is going to be hotly contested this year. Two of the contender’s in class have already started to ‘ramp up’ their rivalry. Michał Galczewski, the Polish builder and Navigator of the Spectre 32R, SUNUS Ocean Racing towed the boat to England for further testing last week. British driver Tom Montgomery-Swan thought it would be an ideal time to test in the Solent against one of their rivals, BlastOff Racing, driven by Dorian Griffith and crewed by Will Stevens, a Sales Engineer for E.P. Barrus. Griffith said after the test; We are running a Yanmar diesel powered Fountain hull against SUNUS’ Mercury 4-Stroke Outboard set-up, it would appear that we are fairly equally matched after the test runs. Montgomery-Swan commented after testing; Once we had finished on the water, we choreographed a…

Robe boat sponsorship lights up P1 race series

International lighting manufacturer chooses marine motorsport to extend its ‘working with winners’ initiative. Have you ever seen the words powerboat racing, sponsorship and serendipity in the same sentence? It’s highly unlikely. Let’s explain. It’s a simple story…with a happy ending. It all began last year with a chance meeting as part of a research & development project between a business man from Northamptonshire called Mick Hannaford and a motorsport engineer named Vin Burdock from Buckinghamshire. When Mick met Vin it didn’t become a romantic comedy film but it did lead to the two men shaking hands on an exciting sports sponsorship deal. Mick is MD of Robe UK, a leading manufacturer of stage lighting for touring shows, concerts and theatre productions worldwide and, when he’s not playing around with race transmissions as a senior assembly technician, Vin is a powerboat…

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