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V8 Superboat return to Temora for Australian title battle

Australia’s best V8 Superboat drivers will be back at Allcott Hire Park in Temora this weekend to do battle in the third round of the Australian Championships. A big local crowd is expected to see some more intense action under lights, in a return of the battle for the top of the timesheets they’d witnessed just four weeks ago. Then – three-time Australian Unlimited Superboat champion – Phonsy Mullan wowed the fans with an impressive run late in the night, although the man they all aim to beat had to work perhaps harder than he had at any point in the last 12 months to eke out victory, with some solid challenges coming across the single-day event. This weekend South Australian Tony Giustozzi, and West Australian Jamie Welch will be back in the thick of the action, and both will…

SUNUS Ocean Racing are off to the barbers

The SUNUS Ocean Racing (SOR) team have announced a partnership with leading male grooming brand; The Old Street Barber Co. This partnership paves the way for an exciting 2016 calendar, focused around the historic Cowes Classic, one of the world’s oldest endurance boating events. SOR operate as an international offshore racing team, using marine motor sport as a platform to raise awareness for Stillbirth & Neonatal death. Members of the team have raised close to £30,000 for children’s charities thus far, however there is so much more to do and this commercial partnership only strengthens the team’s efforts. The Old Street Barber Co. specialise in grooming products for bearded men. This includes beard oils, moustache wax, combs and accessories. They have gained a large following on-line in recent years sharing tips on how to care for your beard properly. Commenting on the…

ThunderCat racing action at Mykonos, South Africa thrills the crowds

It was the Mykonos 7 stars ThunderCat SA National that took place over this past weekend up the coast from Cape Town at this fantastic venue. On Saturday 14 May the surf racing took place and Mykonos surf providing the usual excitement at the starting line. In the pro-stock class some of our more experienced pilots such as Marc Gleed, Wimpie Ackerman, and Dreyer van Niekerk competed against each other as usual, providing plenty of very close racing through the surf. The 1st place being taken by Marc Gleed/Wiltas Leeuwner, 2nd place going to Des Potgieter/Ruan van Tonder and 3RD being taken by the young brothers Dian and Christiaan Beyers. Stock class Raynor Becker/Michael van Geems took 1st place, 2nd place going to SA Champions Pieter Groenenstein/Nicol Parr and 3rd for the day Albrecht de Jager/Jaco Ferreira. Many competitors putting…

Scarborough gets the UK race season off to a flying start

Scarborough served up a weekend of mighty, rolling waves that made surfers smile and powerboat and jet ski racers frown. With the safety of competitors being the primary concern, Saturday’s race programme was almost entirely abandoned and it was by no means certain that the fierce northerly wind and huge swell would die down sufficiently to allow Sunday’s racing to go ahead. But the wild North Sea calmed a little and the P1 fleet of ten race boats and twenty jet ski riders prepared to do battle in the Dale Power Solutions P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea. The P1 SuperStock schedule was extended to three races and the punishing conditions took their toll in the opening race with three boats becoming casualties. It was a baptism of fire for the many new faces in the starting line-up, with…

OCRDA paves the way

The winter months have been spent by Bob McCarthy listening to racers, both new and old, and the result was 20 OCR boats turning out to Torquay this weekend with some stunning racing action not seen for over a decade. Bob has invested his time and energy in many new trainees and they teamed up with some seasoned old hands to create the fleet. Some last minute prepared boats not making it past the first turn buoy meant a slightly diminished fleet of sixteen coming into the harbour turn, appreciated though by Peter Butler on commentary who was struggling to keep up all the new faces. Peter’s knowledge and ability was appreciated by the crowds that gathered to watch. Race 1 was convincingly won by Jeremy Gibson in group 1 with Graham Lawton chasing him all the way. Graham recognising…

XCAT drivers eager for fast, flat racing on Lake Lugano

With just under three weeks to go to the third round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series, teams are gearing up for some spectacular action in Lugano, Switzerland. This will be the first ever XCAT outing to the stunning Swiss city, and with several roughwater races contested recently, the 14 international teams are hoping for some flat water when racing gets underway on Lago di Lugano from June 4-5. “It’s a different setting so it’s going to be a totally different set-up. Hopefully we can repeat what we achieved in Fujairah and Dubai,” said Victory Team driver Nadir bin Hendi, who together with Arif Al Zaffain, claimed the two opening race wins of the season last month. Swecat’s Mikael Bengtsson, who with Erik Stark, is in second place overall in the fledgling Series standings is also looking forward…

Etasse tests the latest Phantom 19 G

Daniellé Friend captures the maiden voyage of Paul Etasse’s Phantom 19 G – ‘Slayer’ in Saint Peter Port today. Initial testing went well, the Guernsey Man was impressed with the ‘out of the box’ speed. This Evinrude powered UIM Class 3A contender looks to be a serious challenger for the World Championship in Tvedestrand, Norway this year. The Phantom 19 G hull was modified by John Guille to incorporate stepped ventilation and has already taken Gold and Silver in successive 3A World Championships. I showed the pictures to Nick Barsch who worked with Steve Baker on the original Phantom 19 this afternoon in Cornwall and he said, ‘It looks fantastic’. More of Daniellé’s photos here.

The Surf wasn’t Up as Multispark dominate again

Round 4 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship was competed for under blue skies and slight conditions. The racers come here for the surf, although that was absent, the action was fast and furious. It was Déjà vu for podium places today, the same 3 boats did exactly what they did yesterday. James Tapp and Scott Brown took the win in Multispark #61 while Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield had to settle for the runners up spot again, although they had the satisfaction of steering Multispark #33 to a win in the final. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips driving Microlink – Ahmad Tea had another consistent day and had their ‘Le Mans’ start procedure been a little quicker they may have added to their pair of heat wins. In the final analysis, third was a worthy place when racing…

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