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UIM H2O Nations Cup returns after an absence of 18 months

Organised by H2O Racing, the promoters of the UIM F1 H2O World Championship, the UIM H2O Nations Cup hasn’t run since March 2015 – when the now defunct Qatar Marine Sports Federation ran a race meeting in Doha Bay that was won by Team Russia. Eight teams will line up in one of China’s most exciting cities to do battle over two days and various racing disciplines to determine which team is the king of the UIM H2O Nations Cup for a sixth time. Team UAE will be represented by the two regular Team Abu Dhabi drivers, Rashed Al-Tayer and Rashed Al-Qamzi, both drivers fresh from an outing in France in the UIM F2 Championship and both eager to continue the remarkable run that the United Arab Emirates has in this prestigious racing competition. Team UAE has won the title…

UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship – Heat 1 & 2

Strong winds forced the postponement of the first heat of the 2016 UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship in Chioggia on Thursday. Heat 1 With better weather on Friday, the Championship got underway with the French team of Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco leading from start to finish. They were put under early pressure by Abu Dhabi Team 2, (Serafino Barlesi and Alexander Barone), however the Italian pairing of Roberto Amadi and Lorenzo Bacchi in their class 3D racing debut captured the runners-up spot, whilst Abu Dhabi Team 1 (Ahmed Al Suwaidi and Roberto Lo Piano) took the third step on the podium. Heat 1 Results D1 Francois Pinelli and Saul Bubacco (FRA) – 400 points D15 Roberto Amadi and Lorenzo Bacchi (ITA) – 300 points D18 Ahmed Al Suwaidi and Roberto Lo Piano (UAE) – 225 points Heat 2 Heat…

Grand Prix of Italy – Chioggia

The first heat of the 2016 UIM Offshore Class 3D World Championship was postponed today due to strong winds in Chioggia, Italy. The ten teams entered will now race on Saturday. However, the first round of the UIM World V1 World Championship did run with a 2 boat entry, Team Searex from Germany crewed by Siegfriend Greve and Andreas Podolsky took the honours. They were racing against the Italian Tommy Racing Team, (Maurizio Schepici and Gabriele Giambattista) who had recently competed in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race. chioggiapowerboat.com Photo: Marzia Benincasa

Stewartby brings down the curtain on the 2016 Powerboat GP Championship

The Powerboat GP British RYA Powerboat Championship comes to a close this weekend as Britain’s top Powerboat racers head to Stewartby for the final event of the season the Bedford Grand Prix. 50 competitors have battled it out in 6 classes over the course of the summer at 4 separate Grand Prix weekends in their bid to become 2016 Powerboat GP RYA British Powerboat Champions. The action has been fast and furious throughout the season culminating in what is set to be the biggest finale to the season to date. GT15 Thomas Mantripp looks set to seal the deal on his double crown having already secured the GT15 Sprint Championship in August. The 15 year old from Lowestoft has looked a formidable force throughout the 2016 season finishing every championship round on the podium. Thomas has a strong lead in…

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…

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