Final UK Offshore race of this year – OCRDA Plymouth

With the odds stacked against, OCRDA have finally got RYA approval for running a Club Class powerboat race this weekend in Plymouth. Club Chairman Bob McCarthy has had to jump over countless hurdles to put the race on and expects an entry of 10 boats. McCarthy told Raceboat International this evening, ‘ It has been extremely difficult putting on this race, it isn’t new, we have raced over the same water…


Chiappe Odds-On favourite for a second UIM F1H2o Gold Medal?

Philippe Chiappe, France’s reigning World UIM F1H2o Champion is on target for his second consecutive crown after a convincing victory in China last Friday. His working relationship with boat builder David Moore has been incredibly successful not only in F1 but also in the 24 Heures Motonautiques de Rouen. Chiappe has been consistently quick, while his competition all have issues. Shaun Torrente won the first race of 2015 in Doha…

A home win for Team China - Photo: Arek Rejs

Team China take F1h2o win in front of thousands of home fans

This was the best result possible for Team China’s number one pilot Philippe Chiappe. It was the French drivers first race in China since winning the world title last December and it was the first ever victory by a Chinese team in home waters. First victory in china and leader of the Championship . It s a Perfect day. Posted by Philippe Chiappe on Thursday, 1 October 2015 Chiappe was never…


Top Secret Derogation – F1H2o China

Even the uber experienced pairing of F1H2o commentators Stephen J. Michael “The Voice” and Jon Jones were caught out today. When the wind and water made it unsafe to run Q3 for the F1H2o Grand Prix of China, most followers of the sport including ‘our eyes and ears’ giving us news from ‘The Red Dragon’ thought the ‘shoot out’ between the top 6 boats would be held over until tomorrow,…


Pole for Chiappe due to new rule

It was initially announced that after Q3 was postponed because of strong winds, the top six shoot-out would be staged tomorrow. That was before officials were informed that a rule change would not allow a top six shoot-out to be held on the same day as the Grand Prix. This now means the results from today’s Q2 will act as final qualifying with Philippe Chiappe on pole position. Sweden’s Erik…


Strong winds postpone top six F1H2o ‘Shoot Out’

F1H2o Grand Prix of China – Qualifying Yesterday’s conditions on the River Liu, were like a mill pond for free practice, today strong winds prompted the Officer of the Day to postpone the top six shoot-out of qualifying until tomorrow morning. After Q1 and Q2, reigning world champion Philippe Chiappe of Team China headed the table ahead of Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al Qamzi by .28 seconds. Q2 was interrupted…


McCarthy gets excited about water on Mars

When it was announced yesterday that water had been discovered on Mars, OCRDA Chairman Bob McCarthy wasted no time in staking a claim to run the first powerboat race on the red planet. One of Bob’s Devonian neighbours, Miles Jennings expressed an interest in taking part in that first race using his millions of air miles to get to the planet. Bob’s excitement could not be contained when he said,…


Coniston Records Week

As the summer slowly slips away, and the first commercials are seen promoting Christmas, UK powerboat racers from both circuit and offshore still have one big event to look forward to. The Coniston Records Week is this year to be held over the 2nd to 6th of November. The annual ‘Records Week’ has been held every year since 1970, although a move to Coniston was forced on the organising committee…

Stefan Hagin driving his Mercury powered Molgard at Tønsberg - Photo: Chris Davies

Sundsdal attempts to have UIM F2 firing on all six for next year

The 2015 UIM World F2 season has been a bit of an anti-climax. With a fleet exceeding 20 boats you would think it would be easy to create a solid six/seven race championship but instead this year the season was reduced to three races and three cancellations. If any team had secured sponsorship on the strength of six races they have been placed in a very embarrassing position. Frode Sundsdal,…


Tapp Takes ThunderCat Title

Round 14 – 2015 RYA P750 Championship – Tolcarne Beach, Cornwall A seventh consecutive win for Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield in Team 33 – Multispark Racing Products wasn’t enough to secure the 2015 ThunderCat Team Championship. That honour fell to James Tapp and Ed Redman driving Microlink / Ahmad Tea and in the process, their second place today also secured them Driver and Co-Driver titles. A typically understated Tapp…


Julius wins again – Will it be enough?

Round 13 – 2015 RYA P750 Championship – Tolcarne Beach, Cornwall Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield added a sixth straight Championship win today in the surf of Tolcarne Beach, Cornwall. The ‘on fire’ Team 33 – Multispark Racing Products have taken the 2015 ThunderCat Team Championship to ‘the wire’ with the final round of the season to be raced for tomorrow. The team won all of their heats going into…