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Trans Agulhas Day 4 – Races won by beach sprints

The Trans Agulhas gave spectators the most incredible action today as winners were decided on the run up the beach by the co-pilots like never before with only one second making the difference in one class. Modified of course set the pace early on with the two leading contenders for winning the epic event literally deciding the race on the beach and Pro-stock 2nd and 3rd boats arriving on the beach together and co-pilots run up the beach to finish was just one second between them. Rocky outcrops had to be negotiated and kelp in the long haul and in the afternoon short haul dash, the treacherous Danger Point was where it was won. The final stage on New Year’s day from Gansbaai to the Strand beach will be very interesting as has many hazards along the way to negotiate…

That was 2016

I decided to ‘go it alone’ in April and set-up Powerboat Racing World. With the first event that I was set to cover just a matter of days away, I built the website, registered and linked social media outlets in a few hours and then got back to the business of reporting on powerboat racing, hoping that my new venture would have at least a couple of readers in the first week! With help from Fiona Pascoe, Mette Brandt Bjerknæs and Kerry Bobin, the Powerboat Racing World Facebook Page had 1500 followers by the time I headed south to Bournemouth to cover the first 2 heats of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship. If setting up websites and social media pages is cheap, quick and easy, putting on races and Championships is quite the opposite as 2016 proved. The 2016…

Rough water action and nail biting finish on day 3 of Trans Agulhas

Well the action on day 3 of this epic event was nothing short of extreme, with many close contests in all classes for the front spot, with couple of flips and even a burst boat in the night race. Modified class are just spectacular in their speed and finishing, with Dave Barnet and Tjaart Oosthuizen in the Rusgenot Transport/Bikes and Bikes Infanta swopping the lead many times from the dominant Wade Ball and Brandon Shaw in the Land Rover/Splendid Logistics/Motolek Infanta, but running almost side by side most of the way. The eventual result was one of the most exciting moments on the beach when the race was won on the beach run between the two co-pilots with Tjaart Oosthuizen beating Brandan Shaw by 1 second to the line in the sand. The teams provided the most fantastic exciting beach…

Day 2 of Trans Agulhas provides plenty of thrills in rough and windy conditons

The 2nd day of racing certainly lived up to expectations as water conditions were rough and the wind was gusting heavily and a couple of flips were had to add to the thrills. The modified class as always provided spectators with some high speed racing with old man of Thundercat racing Dave Barnet and Tjaart Oosthuizen in Rusgenot Transport/Boats and Bikes in an Infanta hull, taking overall line honours from yesterday’s winner Wade Ball and Brandan Shaw of the Landrover/Splendid Logistics/Microlek team in an Infanta hull, and 3rd place going to Joe van Wyk and Paulus Barnard in the Ford Mosselbay/USN team. Pro-stock class filled with more veterans of the sport is always the class to watch as close racing is had between the leading teams and yesterday was no exception with the leading boats changing places all the time…

Mill pond conditions provide record speeds for 1st stage of Trans Agulhas

The water was like a mill pond for a change in this 29th year of the Trans Agulhas race, with a record time being set by the winners. This extremely long stage 1st stage had 6 beach stops which really made it very exciting for spectators along the coastline and with many boats falling out due to engine issues. The favourites didn’t disappoint in the Modified and Prostock classes with Wade Ball and Brandon Shaw setting the pace from the beginning in their Land Rover/Splendid Logistics/Motolek sponsored Infanta hull, completing the race in 2 hours 58 seconds. They led from beginning to finish with veteran driver Dave Barnet and Tjaart Oosthuizen staying in their wake to the end in the Rusgenot Transport/Boasts and Bikes sponsored Infanta hull just 50 seconds behind at the finish. Finishing 3rd in this class behind…

Palfreyman launches 2017 UIM F2 World Championship bid at London Boat Show

Matt Palfreyman’s Pepstar Racing Team will unveil their UIM F2 powerboat at the London Boat Show on the 6th of January. At 12 noon, Palfreyman will lift the covers off of his 120 mph Mercury powered BaBa catamaran to reveal an exciting new livery with 2017 sponsors and team partners. EP Barrus, the UK distributor for Mercury Marine engines will be supporting Palfreyman’s 2017 UIM F2 World Championship bid. Lee Allen, the Barrus Technical Service Manager and Pepstar Racing’s Chief Engineer will be race preparing the team’s Mercury OptiMax 200XS SST outboard during the season which will include races to be held at Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Portugal and Turkey. Palfreyman has already enjoyed success working with Pepstar Racing, in 2015 he took the UIM F2 World Championship Silver Medal and followed that up with Silver in last year’s UIM…

San Germano – ‘Unity is the need of the hour’

Nicolo di San Germano, the promoter of the F1 H2o series has been speaking to Gulf News and gives his views on the sport and his future plans in an interesting Q&A session. Gulf News: What was the idea behind bringing four different brands of watersports together, and how did this experience pan out? Nicolo di San Germano: My idea was to bring all the top classes together in order to make a water festival and bring to cities huge possibilities and potential that our sport holds. We have done it once very successfully, probably a bit too successfully, and that was in Abu Dhabi around the UAE National Day [2011]. Having all four major classes — Class One, Aquabikes, Nations Cup and Formula One — under one umbrella was a fantastic idea that witnessed a real water festival. Why…

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