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A Marathon battle at Cowes

This Sunday, 4th September, will see the 56th year of Offshore Powerboat Racing at Cowes. 15 boats have signed up tackle the legendary Cowes Torquay Cowes, while an impressive entry of 20 will take on the Cowes Pooole Cowes race. The main focus of the Event will obviously be on UIM Marathon Class A,  in which  five 100 mph plus craft have entered. Last year’s winner Vector Martini Rosso, crewed this year by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Mal Crease and Jason McVicar from Canada, will have a tough time defending the Beaverbrook Trophy against stiff opposition. Richard Carr, Steve Curtis and Paul Sinclair have resurrected a vintage aluminium Cougar mono hull and powered it with two 1350 Mercury Racing engines. After an eight year sabbatical, Car makes his return to Offshore Racing at Cowes. Curtis, has won the UIM Class 1 World Championship a…

V8 Superboat action returns to Cabarita Beach

Rnd#5 – 2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Tweed Valley Jet Sprint Club, Cabarita Beach, NSW (3-4 September, 2016) Just a month ago the biggest V8 Superboats field in recent years descended on Round Mountain Raceway at Cabarita Beach for two days of incredible action. Ultimately we saw a first-time winner for the 2016 season in Unlimited Superboat after the demise of runaway championship points leader Phonsy Mullan during qualifying, whilst Queenslander Brett Thornton continued to stamp his authority on the super-competitive 400-Class with his second straight victory of the year. Sadly we also lost a couple of competitors due to mechanical failures, the most notable outside of Mullan, was reigning World#4 – and Mullan’s closest rival – Jamie Welch, the West Australian out with serious damage to his 510-cubic inch powerplant, damage which saw the team forced to withdraw from…

Channel Island Cowes Challenge

Thirty plus members of the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) will be crossing the Channel this week to attend the prestigious Cowes Classic 2016 event which will be held this Sunday, 4th September. 3 of those that will be attending the Event will help to form the organising team, Paul Mahy as Assistant Officer Of The Day, Steve Lowe as Assistant Safety Officer and Colin Le Conte as Chief Time Keeper. The travelling members from the Guernsey contingent also include competitors,  Dave Corbet and Kerry Le Patourel will be sparing against Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbot for the V24 RYA British Championship over the Cowes Poole Cowes race. Corbet and Le Patourel have a newly fitted engine and impressed recently in Jersey with a dominant display and it was apparent they had gained a fair few mph with the new installation. Roberts…

Gordon cooks up a Lithuanian treat

It’s fairly clear that Gordon Cook’s idea of offering rides in a Burgess built and designed 2Seater F1 boat is really ‘hitting the spot’. 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 (article here). Last weekend he took his 2Seater F1 to Lithuania to compliment the UIM F2 race. Seventy five VIP’s and guest’s of the Event sponsors joined him for a ride around Lake Zaraso, the President of the Lithuanian Olympic Academy, Algirdas Raslanas (Top Photo) was one of the 75 that thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Linas Pernayas, the Lithuanian Police General Commissioner was another of Cook’s high speed passengers.   When I was told that I would be taking someone out from the Police,…

Noone takes third place in Zarasai

The attention in Zarasai, Lithuania last weekend was focused on the UIM F2 event. However, veteran British racer Jim Noone was in action in the FR 1000 class. Chris Davies captured his third place with these great shots.          

Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella and Al-Qamzi head to China

Team Abu Dhabi resumes its challenge for honours in the prestigious UIM F1 H2O World Championship, when Alex Carella and Thani Al-Qamzi represent the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC) at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Harbin (September 2-4) in north-eastern China. Just days after sending a team to a round of the UIM F2 Championship in Lithuania, Team Abu Dhabi heads straight to Asia, where Carella hopes to defend his slender two-point lead in the championship and stay on course to give the ADIMSC a long awaited UIM F1 H2O world title. Situated in the northernmost area of the People’s Republic of China, the new addition to H2O Racing’s F1 calendar will take place at the Hulan Estuary Wetland Park, with the race scheduled to start at 3pm local time (07.00 am GMT time) on Sunday…

ThunderCat Racing at Clevedon Pier

Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship were held at Clevedon in Somerset last weekend. The town of Clevedon was a new venue on the ThunderCat calendar and it certainly delivered; exciting racing with large enthusiastic crowds there to watch the racing action. The racing comprised of four 30 minute ‘Enduro’ races which were held over the weekend. Round 9 The two races held on the Saturday counted for Round 9 of the Championship. Microlink / Ahmad Tea crewed by the Welsh Duo of Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took the overall round win with a first and second place. The 2016 Championship leaders have really mastered the ‘Enduro’ discipline, having dominated earlier in the season at Liverpool. The other podium positions were taken by both of the Multispark Racing teams. Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield took a race win and…

Slakteris grabs Lithuanian UIM F2 win

The first ever UIM F2 World Championship Grand Prix to take place in Lithuania kept everyone guessing right up to the final lap as to who would eventually take the top prize. Just moments into the race Pierre Lundin crashed out at the top of course. I was so late away from the start pontoon that as we reached the demarcation buoy I was down in fourth place. So I knew I had to take a chance to make up some lost ground. The Swede went tight into the following turn but hit the rooster spray from his title rival Erik Edin and over he went. I thought I would take a chance but it didn’t work this time. As the field set off once again it was Edin who hit the front once more and looked totally at ease…

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