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Young Jelf is aiming for a Baker’s Dozen

Ben Jelf is aiming to secure his 13th British Powerboat Championship Title this weekend at Stewartby. The likeable and level headed young lad has managed to fit school studies in with his successful 8 year racing career. He currently leads the the 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British GT30 Championship with a 15 point lead and will also be racing in Bedford with his F4 boat. His mother Jeni commented on his achievements; He has just turned 16 and is already heading towards his thirteenth British title and has earned UIM Gold, Silver and Bronze World Championship Medals. With 4 UIM European Gold medals, 4 world and national speed records, it isn’t bad for 8 years work! Ben is following in the footsteps of his father Colin who dominated the UIM F2 World Championship in 2006 to 2008 and his uncle Owen who is still…

Penultimate round in Guernsey this weekend

The 5th and penultimate Event of the 2016 Guernsey Stanley Gibbons Investment Series is set to take place this weekend with 15 teams signed up to tackle the challenging Havelet course. Guernsey racers, officials and friends have now recovered from their recent trip to Cowes! Steve Lowe, Paul Mahy, Colin Le Conte and myself helped the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) officiate one of the roughest races ever run in the Event’s 56 year history, whilst our Guernsey competitors competed on the challenging waters in fine style with wins in RYA National V24 and Class 3B. V24 Looking forward to this weekend we have three V24’s set to cross the line – V3 It Wasn’t Us, V8 Diablo Racing and V59 Dirty Harry. Dave Corbet and Kerry Le Patourel in V8 took the honours in Cowes over Martyn Roberts’ V3 but…

Tønsberg – 3 more UIM F2 years

The UIM F2 World Championship has certainly captured the imagination of powerboat racing fans over the last couple of years. With 20 plus competitors, close and exciting racing, it is the gift that keeps giving to racers and spectators alike. A seven race series this year, with the final round to be held in Ribadouro, Portugal next month has tested the teams to a new level. The Championship has attracted the fiscal might and ability of Team Abu Dhabi, who are running a 2 boat team under Team Manager, Guido Cappellini, a ten time winning F1 World Champion. The 2017 calendar is already looking good, another seven races are in the offing including venues in Abu Dhabi and South Africa. Frode Sundsdal and his partner Joyce Christine Andersen have worked hard to keep Tønsberg, Norway as a UIM F2 venue for next…

A Saturday lunch trip on the River Saone

I had the pleasure of meeting with Gordon Cook in Tønsberg, Norway recently. He told me that he was offering rides in his David Burgess built and designed 2SeaterF1.com boat at various venues across Europe this summer to give paying passengers their first taste of ‘real speed’ on the water with the added aim of promoting powerboat racing. I travelled down with Cook’s 2SeaterF1.com team to Mâcon in France last weekend to report on the UIM F2 World Championship race and in equal measure to take a ride in the Burgess hull on French water. My first impression of Gordon Cook with his back-up team of John Masters and Martyn Moore was one of total professionalism. They make sure the boat is safe to give rides to the general public, have full insurance in place and permissions to run with safety cover from the local…

SVERA release 3M proposal for offshore

The Swedish National Authority (SVERA) have submitted a proposal for the forthcoming UIM General Assembly for a new International Class 3 sub-division. The Class, to be known as 3M, has a sensible power to weight ratio and will allow the use of engines that fall into the popular 200hp band whilst keeping speeds below that would require a canopy. The once very popular UIM  3C sub-division has become an all catamaran canopied class with boats capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph, this in turn has diminished the international appetite for racing in the class. Many UIM 3C mono hulls were put out to grass when mandatory canopies came into place, the proposed new UIM  3M class addresses this by limiting the width to exclude both catamarans and extreme wings. The class proposals have been submitted to the UIM for…

The Phantom is back!

This years Southampton International Boat Show will see Spectre Boats International launching their version of the SW32, the lengthened model of the original Phantom 31” Warlord. In partnership with Mercury Marine, they will have on show the 32R, the race version of their leisure GT model, the same craft that raced at this years Cowes Classic, powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R’s. The Southampton show will be the global debut of the hull, now available to the public after gaining CE approval, exhibiting on berth number M154. The boats, aimed at the performance leisure market come in a variety of deck layouts and rigging partners include SIMRAD & EP Barrus. A new stepped, Centre Console concept is being launched at the show also, featuring a suspension shock mitigating console built by a Nascar firm in Canada. Laminated in Gdansk and…

Lundin takes 2016 UIM F2 title

Defending UIM F2 World Champion Pierre Lundin drove a faultless race in Mâcon, France this afternoon. Starting from fifth on the grid, Lundin sat behind his 2016 Championship rival, Erik Edin, looking for any opportunity to pounce on his prey. Lundin’s opportunity was handed on a plate, Edin rolled his McDonald’s sponsored Molgaard hull over and gave his fellow countryman not only a French GP win but the 2016 World title. Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al-Qamzi was in blistering form. The Emirati started the race from fourth and produced one of the finest performances of his career to finish the race in second position and claim a first ever podium finish for the team in the UIM F2 World Championship. Team Manager Guido Cappellini told me after the race; Al-Qamzi has the potential to be a future World Champion, physically he is ready, we need to…

Temper controls his Temper

Rup Temper from Austria was forced to qualify for today’s UIM F2 France GP via a repechage. After posting the third quickest time in qualifying yesterday, he failed the post qualifying technical inspection. Temper’s team worked hard into the early hours of this morning to ensure a repechage win and then a 16th place on this afternoon’s GP grid. Temper duly rewarded his team with a blistering repechage drive, his best lap of 38.10 was over a second of a lap quicker than Oskar Samuelsson and Bela Cserni who will also be joining him to compete in the UIM F2 France GP. Main Photo: Fred Emeny

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