Apart from Class 1, where Brian Peedell’s Batboat looks to be the runaway winner, Class 2 and 3 still looks very, very close. That’s the situation as thirty race teams converge on Torquay for OCRDA’s ‘Grand Finale’ as the curtain comes down on a very successful five race debut season for the first club that decided to breakaway from the RYA several months ago.
Class 2 features two almost identical Phantoms level on points, Jeremy Gibson faces arch rival Graham Lawton for the bragging rights, as either could be crowned Class 2 National Champion OCRDA by Sunday evening. Top of the Class 3 table is horse trainer Kevin Edmonston in Y Knot and Craig Temple-Murray.
Although OCRDA powerboat racing is the main attraction at Torquay over the weekend, the organisers have exciting support acts in the shape of Ski-Racing on Sunday and a unique display by an expert in power kiting where the flyer heads skywards connected to a pipe which is attached to a jet-ski, this has to be seen to be believed.
Providing the weather co-operates, Haldon Quay, Torquay is the place to be on 7th-8th October for the best watersports action in Devon, and what’s more, this family entertainment is free.
FOLLOWING THE CONTROVERSIAL BREAKAWAY FROM THE RYA
The Coniston Records week has long been established as the one time of year when every faction of powerboat racing i.e. offshore and circuit share the same stretch of water in October.
Sadly, this year it will not be the same as only teams with an RYA licence can take part, and as member of OCRDA do not have an RYA licence they are banned from the gig which means at least six crews are unable to take part.