After transporting their Tohatsu powered Aquarius inflatable half way around the Globe, Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield got down to the serious business of testing in Cape Town before the start of the 7 Stars UIM P750 World Championships this Saturday.
Team 33, who have been supported by BrandFuel, a London based creative agency for this Championship, experienced a mechanical issue on the second day of their testing programme.
Team Manager Glenn Julius told me;
We found a crack in the outboard’s swivel joint which is the main component to securing it to the transom of the boat.
New parts were flown in from Britain, an ‘all nighter’ followed and with help from local engineers, the team were back on track for a successful scrutineering and unofficial testing session yesterday.
60 plus teams will be briefed today from across the globe with a full weekend of surf racing facing them.
The surf is up – 2/3 m is predicted for tomorrow.
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.