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Brother and Sister team up for P1 Superstock challenge

Daisy Coleman has teamed up with her brother Sam for a challenge on the P1 Superstock 2016 Championship. Daisy, from Saundersfoot in Wales, has been racing in the series since 2012, her first race being a ‘baptism of fire’ in the Cowes Poole Cowes. Sam having been the ‘Team Manager’ for the last 3 years, raced in a couple of P1 events last season and is now ready to tackle 2016 head on with his sister. Both of the crew have been race trained by Neil Holmes, a 7 time Offshore World Champion. 29 year old Daisy, had her first lesson from Holmes after she was discharged from the Army following an injury in Afghanistan and has been racing as co-driver to John Wilson. John has retired now and so my brother, Sam, is going to be replacing him in…

Cowes Classic 2012 winners Ganjavian and Williams enter this year’s race

Vee Ganjavian and Gareth Williams have entered Microlink PC, an Ilmor powered,  Phantom USA – Will Smith hull. The 2012 Cowes Torquay Cowes winners averaged 68.08 mph during an exceptionally rough race. Southampton based Ganjavian, a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Microlink PC Ltd  told me, We really would like to have a rough race this year, we can’t stay with the Marathon Class A boats due to their greater horsepower, but rougher seas will be a great leveller. Photo: Mike Powell

Scarborough prepares to host the Dale Power Solutions 2016 P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea

Powerboat and jet ski racing returns to South Bay next week to open the P1 UK race season Following the success of the inaugural P1 race event in Scarborough in May last year, the world’s leading marine motorsport brand will again head to the North Yorkshire coast for the opening round of its UK season, with the event carrying the name of the P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea. The double bill of P1 SuperStock powerboat racing and AquaX jet ski action will provide a weekend of free-to-watch sporting entertainment at South Bay on 14/15 May. Dale Power Solutions, the UK power protection and business continuity solutions company based in Scarborough, will again be on board as the title sponsor. Joining Dale Power Solutions as an event sponsor will be another Yorkshire-based company, Dalby Offshore, a leading operator in…

Bank Holiday Battle on the Broads

Last weekend (1st & 2nd May) British competitors from the length and breadth of Britain headed to Oulton broad for the first Grand Prix of the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British Championships as they competed in the Lowestoft GP for an action packed weekend. Local racer Thomas Mantripp got his season off to the best possible start in the junior GT15 class proving to the rest of the fleet that he was once more going to be a formidable adversary taking a clean sweep of heat wins. Pushing him every step of the way was Harvey Smith who secured pole position for the weekend and the Lowestoft GP second place a head of Jonathan Brewer who was chasing down his wake every inch of the course but was forced to settle for third. Some fantastic racing from all of our…

Jelf Racing off to a flying start

The Kent based Powerboat Racing Team of Jelf Racing kicked the 2016 Powerboat GP British RYA Championship off to a flying start with the father and son duo of Colin and Ben Jelf taking the lead in two of the five championship classes. Ben Jelf (15) took a well earned break from studying for his GCSEs this weekend to launch his campaign in search of his 12th British Championship crown. Competing in both the GT30 class and the F4 catamaran class Ben was going to busy all weekend competing and pit crewing for father Colin and team mates Jonathan Brewer and George Elmore. The reigning British GT30 Champion got his campaign off to a strong start securing pole position in qualifying the youngster was determined to hold his lead into the first heat. Ben got the best start in the…

Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship returns for 15th year

On Saturday 7 May, the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship (HYR) regional finals will begin in Northern Ireland, with 12 further finals set to be held before the winners face off at the national final at Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 18 September 2016. Comprising of 8-12 and 13-16 age categories, the HYR is Britain’s leading programme introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers. Now celebrating its 15th year, and having seen over 5,000 young powerboaters compete in 2015, the event, sponsored by Honda and Highfield, allows Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) drivers to demonstrate their skills with the goal of winning a Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 for their club. In 2015, Max Mawer of Girton Sailing Club, claimed the national title in the 13-16 age group, whilst in the…

FOX Sports Sun extends with P1 AquaX and P1 SuperStock

FOX Sports Sun has extended its broadcast deal with the world’s largest marine motorsport brand, Powerboat P1 for a further 2 years. The regional sports network will broadcast the entire 24-race P1 AquaX Pro Tour  and the 20-race P1 SuperStock USA series from May through to November. The deal allows other FOX Sports regional networks to broadcast the P1 AquaX programs providing a near national coverage and a 60 million household reach. This is the latest chapter in a story of increasing international TV distribution for P1, and chief executive James Durbin explained: “We have seen significant growth in our broadcast coverage, both with our linear channel partners like FOX Sports and our own digital channels. Our broadcast partners, led by FOX Sports in the USA, are integral to our success and we are delighted to continue our relationship beyond…

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