12 boats competed in the final 2 heats of the 2016 Guernsey Stanley Gibbons Investment Series, last weekend.
2016 UIM Class 3A Silver Medalists, Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge impressed again, with a second overall in calm seas.
Only the Ocke Mannerfelt V24 of Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbott could beat them.
Etasse and Stonebridge racing in the popular Club Class 3 showed the way home to Gareth and Matt Keast in ‘The Governor’ who battled furiously with Chris Bates and Jon Le Page in ‘Bad Influence’ throughout.
In 4th place were the visiting team from Jersey, Scott ‘Chaka’ Walker and George Carter in Bellona.
After a very unlucky year, the team’s determination, hard work and confidence paid off with a worthy finish.
Sue Cosgrave and Quentin Petit in ‘Dirty Deeds’ placed 5th, this was the first event for Sue, (My Mum)! as an Offshore Powerboat Racing driver and was quickly on the pace with the other competitors in their class.
Club Class 1 was taken by ‘Easy Emily’ – John Richardson and Jamie Marquand, whilst Z Class saw an exciting battle between ‘Dewpacabra’ – Patrick and Phillip Dewe and ‘Me Too!’ – Bill Gladstone and Ben Sargent for the Z Class Guernsey Championship.
‘Me Too!’ prevailed in the flat conditions over their rival with Katie Sauvarin and Ben Backhouse in ‘Money Monster’ taking the third place.
Sunday was a different race altogether with the Wind picking up to a Gale Force 5 overnight from the North East.
Officials had the difficult decision whether to run the race as planned or curtail it before the start, with the sea so rough they decided to shorten the course and only complete the short laps into Havelet bay and to cut out the longer Lowerheads lap.
Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge, the flat water heroes of yesterday chose to play Scalextric in the Slayer ‘Man Cave’ and Sue Cosgrave and Quentin Petit in ‘Dirty Deeds’ decided that after the parade lap, it wasn’t for them.
V3 crewed by Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbot again dominated, won overall and astonished fellow racers and spectators with their rough racing technique.
‘Easy Emily’ crewed by John Richardson with new navigator Sophie Le Prevost finished first in class and took the 2016 Guernsey Club Class 1 Championship in equal measure. Jamie Rive and Kirsty Savident also loved the rough conditions in their Phantom pushing ‘Grey Sea’ to a win in Club Class 2.
Gareth and Matt Keast continued to do what they have done all year, race their immaculately prepared Phantom 19′ well.
Scott ‘Chaka’ Walker and George Carter in Bellona followed the Club Class 3 winners home, with their second finish of the season.
‘Me Too’ and ‘Dewpacabra’ had a ‘Battle Royale’ for Z Class honours in the rough waters, until ‘Dewpacabra’ had an issue and let its rival take the win.
That’s the end of our 2016 season.
I am looking forward to another Stanley Gibbons Investment Series and the UIM Class 3A, 3B and V24 World Championships here in Guernsey next year!
2016 Stanley Gibbons Investment Series
Easy Emily 61 Points
Jubbly 59 Points
Wonky Donkey 26 Points
Grey Sea 93 Points
Paranoid 42 Points
Kalypso 30 Points
Warpath 13 Points
The Governor 110 Points
Slayer II 78 Points
Dirty Deeds 62 Points
Bad Influence 42 Points
Bellona 21 Points
Dewpacabra 107 Points
Me Too! 102 Points
Money Monster 61 Points
It Wasn’t Us 114 Points
Diablo Racing 37 Points
Dirty Harry 18 Points
Photos: Martin Gray / guernseysportphotography.com