A while ago Dave ‘Snapper’ Ormiston told me, “If I can’t get ten entries, the race will not happen.” Those were the instructions from the BPRC. On Sunday morning five entries lined up and they were a real mixed bag. The big Cigarette ‘Bubbles’ that had won the race for the past two years was pitted against the diminutive ‘Hyperactive’. Frankie Rose had at last got his superb Buzzi creation ‘Vintage Torque’ ready to race and Brian Pelham’s ‘Beaver Returns, a Revenger Sports, only needed to turn up to win, if you believed Brian’s Facebook blurb. Needless to say, none of the above figured on the medal positions as it was two ‘rubbadubs’ that excelled in the flat calm waters of the Solent and Poole Bay.
From Bournemouth Pier, we heard and then saw the awesome sounding ‘Vintage Torque’ come into view with ‘Bubbles’ a few metres behind. It was clear the navigation on both craft left a lot to be desired as they circled several time looking for the turn buoy. ‘Beaver Returns’ was in third place alongside Adam and Scott Younger’s ‘RHIB TEC CARE’ and the Buzzi RHIB ‘TT Gee’ crewed by Ali Langdon and Lucci Levi, and bringing up the rear was John Donnely and Glynn Norvall in ’Hyperactive’.
Back in the Solent off Hurst Castle, navigation played a major part in the overall results as boats missed marks of the course. However, the Younger brothers were inch perfect and their preparation was rewarded with a well earned victory in a boat from Adam Younger Design. Runner up was Drew’s son Ali and Laura Levi’s daughter Lucci in the Buzzi RHIB ‘TT Gee’ while 3rd place went to Frankie Rose’s ‘Vintage Torque’ that had averaged 79.26mph in the earlier part of the race. ‘Hyperactive’ claimed 4th place ahead of ‘Beaver Returns’ while ‘Bubbles’ retired with a mechanical issue.