• OFFSHORE AT THE SHOWS
  • FALMOUTH INTERNATIONAL POWERBOAT FESTIVAL
  • WORLD CLASS 2 WORLD OUTBOARD CHAMPION PURCHASED BY UK ENTHUSIAST
  • WILL WORLD F2 SERIES PROVIDE MEDIA INFORMATION IN 2017
  • NEW DIRECTION FOR UK OFFSHORE

OFFSHORE AT THE SHOWS

Offshore racing were strutting their stuff at the shows. Tom Montgomary-Swan was showing off his marathon Phantom at the London Boat show along side Matt Palfreyman’s F2 circuit cat when at the Autosport show at Birmingham Exhibition Centre Rob McCarthy and friends was promoting offshore racing through his club OCRDA. It’s easy to see when OCRDA is the leading offshore club in the UK as its members put a lot…

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FALMOUTH INTERNATIONAL POWERBOAT FESTIVAL

The last time we had a discusion with the promoters of the Falmouth event, they were waiting to see if the various authorities could come up with the funds. We assume they have as the date is confirmed as 29th June to 7th JUly. We were told it involved all classes including circuit boats racing on the river. The Marathon fleet are racing from Falmouth to the Isle of Scilly…

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WORLD CLASS 2 WORLD OUTBOARD CHAMPION PURCHASED BY UK ENTHUSIAST

The outboard powerboat powered catamaran Assagai’s has been purchased by British enthusiast John Evans, long time sponsor of Neil Holmes in the 1990’s. His company Talley Medical was a familiar site on the topsides of Holmes championship winning cats. Assagai has travelled the world chasing world titles under the ownership of David Allenby with co-pilot cousin Chris Allenby. Designd and built by Paul Hicks in Poole, Dorset the craft is…

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WILL WORLD F2 SERIES PROVIDE MEDIA INFORMATION IN 2017

Although we were led to believe the 2016 UIM World F2 Championship did appoint a media person, we never received one image or press release throughout the season and I think I’m corrwect in saying Raceboat International is the only global publication dedicated to powerboat racing. We were able to publish details of the series thanks to Neil Perkins but his interest only covered the Abu Dhabi team, Frode Sunsdal…

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NEW DIRECTION FOR UK OFFSHORE

Fiona Pasco, Thundercat supremo took it upon herself to convene a meeting of all those folk with a vested interest in UK offshore, and the turnout at Microlink HQ in Chandlers Ford on the outskirts of Southampton clearly illustrated the concern shown by offshore racers and officials that the division needs a ‘major makeover’. Senior officials from the RYA/PPRC attended the meeting together with several high profile race teams. After…

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MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN SIT OUT IN THE MID-DAY SUN AND GO OFFSHORE RACING IN DECEMBER

At this time of year there is very little to report unless you make up rumous and we have heard plenty. The UIM are desperate to revive Class 1 but very few promoters want to handle that ‘hot potato’. The once very popular X Cats series seems to be a non-starter unless the Victory people can raise the funds to re-start it. Many stories have been doing the rounds on…

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TWELVE DAYS IN UAE AND CHIAPPE IS STILL WORLD CHAMPION

The GP of Abu Dhabi was, as you may recall from various reports a real ‘smash and grab’ affair but the hero of the day was 42 year old Swede Jonas Andersson. With very little sponsorship and the only Molgaurrd in the field the pilot had to undergo several yellow card situations which puts a tremendous strain on his engine, which he maintains himself but despite these interuptions Jonas hung…

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ABU DHABI BOUND

Things will be a bit quiet over the next few days as we are heading for the ‘land of action’ Abu Dhabi. Not only have we seen X Cats and Class 1 from the UAE Capital, we also witnessed a new World F1 motor race champion. It’s now the turn of the World F1 powerboat Series and of all three factions, I think the F1 powerbooats are possibly the most…

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POWERBOAT RACING RETURNS TO INDIA

During 2004, Mumbai welcomed a round of the UIM World F1 Series and it attracted huge crowds. In March 2017, the city will play host to the offshore P1 fleet and it could be equally popular. P1 now runs championships in the UK and USA and are determined to broaden the brand worldwide. P1 consists of Panther monohulls, Aquasport Jet Skis and in 2017 a RHIB is being added to…

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MARITIMO MAKES AUS-NZ CROSSING LOOK EASY

After 138 hours at sea and a fuel burn of 7488 litres of diesel, Maritimo skipper Russell Fleming said his recent crossing from Hope Island on Queensland’s Gold Coast to Opua in New Zealand in an M64 cruising motoryacht was a good test of the vessel’s capabilities. Russell and his crew set off from the Gold Coast with 8000 litres of fuel on board and they averaged 8.9 knots for…

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VICTORY – 2016 WORLD CLASS 1 CHAMPS – WE CAN’T BE RIGHT ALL THE TIME

After the final race of the 2016 World Class 1 Series we jumped in an declared Abu Dhabi as having retained their title. This was based on Victory 3 winning the first two races with Abu Dhabi second and in the third race Abu Dhabi won it and Victory 3 was fourth. However we were wrong as the Dubai team had completed three race and not changed an engine while…

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HUNTON POWERBOATS IN LIQUIDATION

One of Britain’s most famous names in high performance powerboating, Hunton has gone into liquidation and all its assets are up for sale. We believe this is at least the second time the company has hit the buffers. The business founded by Jeff Hunton many years ago, has changed hands but the products have always oozed quality and performance and it’s surprising that a craft as good as Hunton’s cannot…

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