Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings took a convincing win in Guernsey this morning, their Mercury powered Outerlimits hull, Silverline averaged 90.27 mph over the flat calm 119.58 nm course.
The Offshore 1 UKOPRA Championship leader, Tommy One, with the Italian pairing of Maurizio Schepici and Giampaolo Montavoci were incredibly fortunate to even make the start, sadly they made a navigation error and picked up a DNF.
Yesterday, Tommy One hit the concrete cill in Victoria Marina and seriously damaged the steering gear.
JL Innovation, designed a steel replacement which was waterjet cut and milled from 25mm steel billet by another local CNC company, Atec Engineering.
The repairs were made into the early hours, it was an extraordinary effort.
Mr Mako driven by David Foa and Charles Swales took the win in Offshore 2.
Early leader, Blastoff Racing driven by Dorian Griffiths and Will Stevens was the first retirement, as their Guernsey navigator Paul Etasse explained:
Running in 3rd overall and leading our class by a long way when we blew a gearbox hose around the back of Sark.
Grip-O.co.uk driven by Nick Gilley and Jon Fuller were second.
Paul Buckner and Kerry Bobin driving Motorvated Canvey Division shrugged off an early challenge from DB Marine (Brian Peedel and Andy Yeo) to take the Class 3N win.
Peedel’s DB Marine suffered technical issues and eventually finished 4th.
Thomas and Brian (Ray – Sexy Beast) Pelham took second and the local team of Steve Roussel and Ryan Woodhouse placed their vintage Cougar cat in third.
There was a ‘Battle Royale’ in the Class 3 A/B division between 3 Phantom 19g hulls, 66 Racing, Multispark and Motorvated Racing.
Malc Dopson and Andy Hiscox took the win and in the process, put 66 Racing on top of the championship leader board.
Dave Sheldon and Chris Bailey steered Multispark to second with Barry Culver and Stuart Unwin taking the third step on the podium with Motorvated Racing.
The young team of Jamie and Chris Owens took a fine class win in their yellow Phantom.
Jamie described the course after as:
The best I have ever raced on!
2019 Guernsey Gold Cup Results
1st) A47 – Silverline – Drew Langdon & Miles Jennings – 90.27 mph
2nd) B8 – Bubbledeck – Richard Carlton, Phil Payter & Neil Payter – 74.81 mph
3rd) B9 – Dry Martini – Christian Toll, Mike Bontoft & Michael Peet – 69.61 mph
4th) A21 – Pippa – Andrew Smith, Jack Weller, Matthew Smith and Dave Flewin
5th) B12 – Birretta Due – Jean-Piërre Neels, Thomas Vandamme & Marijke D’hondt
6th) B98 – Wild Eleven – Jerome Brarda, Eric Adam & Gordon Compton
7th) A9 – Tommy One – Maurizio Schepici & Giampaolo Montavoci DNF
1st) E36 – Mr Mako – David Foa & Charles Swales – 66.79 mph
2nd) E54 – Grip-O.co.uk – Nick Gilley & Jon Fuller – 62.46 mph
C100 – Blastoff – Dorian Griffiths, Will Stevens & Paul Etasse RET
1st) N1 – Motorvated Canvey Division – Paul Buckner & Kerry Bobin – 60.84 mph
2nd) N10 – Beaver Returns – Thomas Pelham & Brian Pelham – 60.68 mph
3rd) N111 – Flashback – Steve Roussel & Ryan Woodhouse – 53.72 mph
4th) N13 – DB Marine – Brian Peedel & Andy Yeo – 56.21 mph
1st) X6 – The Chiseler – Jamie Owens & Chris Owens
2nd) X51 – Jupiter – Rob Lister & Nick Crouch
X50 – Southampton Dry Stack – Dennis Clemson & Lee Katterhorn RET
X199 – Sledgehammer – Jordan Le Page & Anthony Gillespie RET
1st) A66 – A66 Racing – Malc Dopson & Andy Hiscox
2nd) A22 – Multispark – Dave Sheldon & Chris Bailey
3rd) A26 – Motorvated Racing – Barry Culver & Stuart Unwin
4th) B92 – Lovely Jubbly Bubbly – Gareth Keast & Dave Corbet
5th) B121 -Me Too! – Hollie Woodhouse & John Vaudin
6th) B52 – Kermit – Peter Clarke & Rich Comben
7th) B88 – Dirty Deeds – Sue Cosgrave & Rick Turville
8th) B19 – Prime Suspect – Frank Le Tissier & Pierre Le Tissier
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.