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Östhammars GP against Cancer

The Nordic Offshore season draws to a conclusion at Östhammars this weekend. The event will also be raising money for Cancer Research. Pernilla Ingvarsson who will be the Östhammars OOD told me; Last year was the first time we held this race. It brings money to the Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer but also other foundations that fund research against the disease. The amount that we gathered last year was almost 100,000 SEK, which was more than we could have dreamed of. The race was as simple as possible and very close to Offshore Circuit Racing. Most Swedish offshore racers had never made so many turns in a race before! A round of the Nordic Super Series for Offshore calass 3C will be competed for along with V60, V150, 3A and 3B. When we started the planning for this race we had expectations of around 50 boats. Right now we have…

Slakteris storms to UIM F2 European glory

Uvis Slakteris took the honours at the UIM F2 European Championship held at Stewartby in Britain today. Winning two of the three heats was enough to give the Latvian his first international Championship win. It’s pretty fantastic to win, I wasn’t sure if the organisers were going to run 4 heats, so it was a big surprise to me to have won after 3. I’m looking forward to Portugal now and securing a bronze medal in the UIM F2 World Championship. Britain’s Matt Palfreyman who had qualified well in third place, turned his boat over in morning practice. His team, Powertech Marine and others worked non stop on the boat and engine only just getting it ready for a weather delayed Heat 1. Palfreyman who always puts his team through a roller coaster of emotions, then dominated the first race with second placed Erik Edin turning…

Österberg takes late Stewartby UIM F2 European pole

Johan Österberg from Sweden took a last gasp UIM F2 European Championship pole at Stewartby. Tobias Munthe-Kaas had set a blistering fastest lap time earlier in the session in rougher water that looked unbeatable until Österberg posted the quickest lap just as the sun was setting. Britain’s Matt Palfreyman put in the third quickest time, finding space on the circuit when it mattered. Running with a #Pepstar engine and ‘recycled’ steering gear, the 2015 UIM F2 Silver Medalist showed a new maturity in the frenetic and difficult qualifying session. Due to political issues various, the day’s timetable only allowed for the UIM F2 boats to practice and qualify. The F2 teams are due to race over 4 heats tomorrow to decide the 2016 European Championship.   Photos: Fred Emeny

Team Russia win UIM H2O Nations Cup

Rashed Al-Qamzi and Rashed Al-Tayer came up just short in their valiant attempt to secure a record-breaking fourth UIM H2O Nations Cup title for Team UAE on Shanghai’s Dishui Lake on Thursday afternoon. Two yellow flag incidents in the first of two 25-lap Sprint races meant that the Emirati duo had insufficient laps to mount a charge for the podium and this gave the initiative to Team Russia, as Team UAE became embroiled in a tussle with Team USA to fight it out for second place in the second Sprint race. Team Russia’s Roman Vandyshev led from the start of the yellow flag interrupted opening race to edge out Team Australia’s Corey Davoll. But veteran American drivers, Jay Price and Scott Gillman, were the main beneficiaries and third and fourth places moved Team USA into contention to topple Team UAE…

Guernsey Stanley Gibbons Investment Series continues to excite

The fourth and penultimate race weekend of the Stanley Gibbons Investment Series got underway with twelve teams taking part in less than desirable conditions caused by winds reaching force 4-5. Saturday V24 V8 Diablo Racing, Dave Corbet and Kerry Le Patourel stormed to victory, completing each lap of the Havelet course in an average of just 3.5 minutes. V3 It Wasn’t Us, (Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbott), followed Corbet’s Ocke Mannerfelt transom around the course and are now guaranteed top spot in the V24 Class Championship for 2016 having scored a total of 90 points so far with no chance of being caught before the end of the season. Club Class 2 Jai Rive and Kirsty Savident in Grey Sea battled against Pierre Petit and stand in navigator Paul Etasse in Kalypso. Etasse, a UIM Silver Medal winner in Norway, took…

Wow! Watergate’s Weather is looking fierce

Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship – Watergate Bay Nineteen ThunderCat teams have entered this weekend’s battle against the surf at Watergate Bay, Newquay in Cornwall. The weather forecast of strong winds throughout the Event is the highest priority on the Organisers minds. UK ThunderCat Racing’s Fiona Pascoe told me today; We are monitoring the weather closely. Our competitors love the surf events and we will do everything possible to put on safe racing at Watergate Bay. If the weather looks interesting, the entry list is even more so. Microlink-Ahmad Tea from Wales, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips, hold a slender 10 point lead over Multispark Racing 61, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown, in the Team Championship. 17 points behind their team mates are Multispark Racing 33, Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield. The uber experienced pairing have used the latter part of the season…

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