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It’s a Multispark 1-2

Making a ‘guest appearance’ for the Multispark Racing Team, 2015 World Champion, James Tapp showed that he hasn’t lost his speed or the ‘will to win’ here at Fistral Beach in Cornwall. Tapp with co-driver Scott Brown won all of the heats they competed in, although in the final, it was their Multispark team mates Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield who got the edge after Tapp nearly ejected Brown. A second place in the final and heat wins were enough to secure Round 3 of the Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship for Tapp and Brown. Julius was contented with his second place, particularly as he split his good prop in one of the earlier heats. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips driving Microlink – Ahmad Tea, had an excellent day. They took 4 heat wins and a third place in the final giving them…

20 strong field for OCRDA Torquay season opener

Bob McCarthy, Chairman of the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA), has mustered an impressive 20 strong entry for the first round of the Aqua Adrenaline Tour to be held at Torquay this weekend. The fleet comprises of 2 classes, Stock (up to 150 hp) and Pro (up to 200 hp). The boats will enjoy 4 heats of racing, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The racers range from newcomers in which McCarthy’s OCRDA have race trained to 2014 UIM 3B World Champion, Jeremy Gibson and 2015 UIM 3A Silver Medalist Jack Bobin. I popped into Torquay today to speak to McCarthy and asked him how he had managed to attract such a healthy fleet, We have worked very hard in training new racers and have leant a hand to some raceboat owners with equipment and other advice. The…

Mercury 115 Pro XS four stroke to make UK racing début

Motorvated Racing have finalised preparations with their new 115 Mercury 115 Pro XS four stroke. The team will be trialling the new power unit on their UIM Class 3A Phantom 19G hull at this weekend’s OCRDA Event to be staged at Torquay. The question on UIM 3A and 3B competitors minds, will the new motor will live up to the expectations created by Mercury Marine at their Miami launch in February? The engine is expected to have as good if not better performance as the two stroke it replaces and the team are hoping to use any advantage gained to improve on their 2015 UIM 3A World Championship Silver Medal when they compete in Norway this year. However the team are hedging their bets at the moment by retaining their existing two stroke version and it is likely that a final…

A recipe for success? Carr, Curtis and Sinclair enter the Cowes Torquay Cowes

One boat and crew entered into this year’s Cowes Classic has certainly captured the imagination. To understand why, look at the ingredients that form this entry. The boat is a 1985, 46′ aluminium mono hull, built in the Cougar Marine yard in North Miami. It was originally ordered and built for Ben Kramer, a hard charging US Offshore competitor who was later imprisoned for ordering the assassination of powerboat designer, builder and racer Don Aronow. The hull was then raced in the States during 1986 by Tim Casulli under the name of Maxon. 30 years later she is being totally re rigged by Offshore Racing Services, LLC of Orlando, Florida where twin detuned Mercury 1650’s are being ‘shoe horned’ into the stern. The rigging is being overseen by the boat’s Throttle Man for the Cowes Torquay Cowes, none other than 7…

Powerboat P1 USA returns to Kissimmee / St. Cloud

Powerboat P1 returns to Kissimmee/St. Cloud’s East Lake Tohopekaliga on Saturday, May 21, from 11 am – 4 pm featuring the AquaX Amateur Enduro Florida Championship and Superstock boat races. The event is free to the public serving up a day of fast, furious, and exhilarating action on the water featuring 8 Panther race boats and more than 40 AquaX (personal watercraft) competitors. Azam Rangoonwala, Director of Powerboat P1 USA explains, Anyone who believes in the saying that ‘it’s not the winning, it’s participating that counts,’ would be advised to steer clear of St. Cloud,” explains Azam Rangoonwala, Director of Powerboat P1 USA. John Poole Director of Sports Marketing and Development at the Kissimmee Sports Commission, Kissimmee is proud to partner with and welcome back Powerboat P1, as well all the racing professionals competing in this high-profile event. Kissimmee Sports…

Adam Younger Design plans AquaVITE 22 for 2017

Adam Younger started racing before many of the current licence holders were born and he has been designing racing and commercial craft for many years. With the recent upswing in popularity with the UIM 3A Class, Younger has decided to offer an option to competitors for the 2017 season. Loosely based on his UIM 3C European Championship winning mono hull and featuring updates and a race deck, Younger has lightly ‘pencilled in’ the AquaVITE 22. Younger told me, The concept is for a narrow beam, very efficient, no nonsense race boat. Very minimal – but stylish and very competitive – especially for UK waters. This is a non-stepped design – but does have some unique spray rail and hull features that all add to the overall speed and handling. Build will be in two lay-up specs, light and lighter! The…

Fistral Beach – ThunderCat ‘King of the Surf’

Competitors make the journey West this weekend to compete in their first ‘Surf Event’ of the season at Fistral Beach in Cornwall, for rounds 3 & 4 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship. Last year the Event was one of the roughest in memory, as just 5 boats survived to compete in the Sunday afternoon Final, this year the surf is predicted to be slightly kinder. That should be welcome news for ‘Galaxy Girl’ team member, Ria Pandey, who will be making her ThunderCat Racing debut with Jo Foxx. Ria recently joined the British Army – Royal Signals Reserve, has rowed for the Thames Rowing Club, completed Half Marathons ‘barefoot’, ran a full Marathon, tackled a 100 mile ‘London Prudential’ bike ride and has signed on for an Ultra Marathon this October. Mark Lloyd will be travelling to the…

Guernsey Powerboat Association release dates for 2017 World Championships

After scooping the World 3A and 3B World Championships and V24 Europeans for 2017, the Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) are pleased to announce that the UIM have upgraded the V24’s to World Championship status as long as the criteria is met with regards to the number of entrants and Nations represented. With six of those boats being owned by UK and Guernsey racers, GPA Chairman Colin Clarke is optimistic that the targets will be met and Guernsey will go on to stage what will be the inaugural World Championships in this category. Those World Championships together with the 3a & 3b World Championships will take place during the week commencing the 4th September 2017 with heats being staged on Thursday 7th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th. Not content with resting on their laurels, the GPA have also approached the RYA…

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