OCRDA – INDEPENDANCE DAY – TORQUAY

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OCRDA – INDEPENDANCE DAY – TORQUAY

Report David Sewell   photos Tim Tapping

After months of wrangling with the RYA, Britain’s powerboat racing governing body, OCRDA bit the bullet to break away from the RYA and became the first club to declare ‘Independence’.

One of the advantages to this daring move was that costs to race for the year were dramatically reduced, and the downside appears to be that those drivers who choose to race under an OCRDA licence will not be permitted to take part in international events under the UIM banner.  However, judging by the huge turnout of 32 teams who appeared at round one of the 2017 OCRDA Aqua Adrenaline Series hosted by Torquay, it appears few were particularly worried about the ban from racing in international meetings.  Few can recall that number of boats lining up for a British offshore race, and in recent times entries have not often exceeded ten.  The entry list was made up of five Class 1 teams (Unlimited), thirteen Class 2 teams (200hp), and thirteen Class 3 teams (130hp).

With this number of entries, officials had their work cut out, and the start was delayed as the course was relaid, and relaid again as Class 1 were on a different course to Class 2 & 3 which meant that three circuits of the course were required for the teams to be familiarised with the circuit instead of one.  The other problem faced by timekeepers was the prefix and numbers on a lot of boats were too small to see from a distance, and there is talk of reverting to the old A, B, C, D instead of 1,2,3,4.  These few minor adjustments were not surprising as officials had not had to deal with that many teams in recent times, and OCRDA Chairman Rob McCarthy is confident any problems will be ironed out by round two at Newhaven, Sussex in June.

When the circuit in Torbay had been cleared of pleasure craft OOD Nicky Gray gave the all-clear and it was a memorable moment when the impressive line up of boats literally roared away from the muster area off Paignton.  Before the race had completed one lap Safety Officer Steve Oaten yelled out ‘Red Flag’ as Jamie and Malcolm Stickler had flipped the Bernico Team Rooster on the first turn.  Rescue was on hand within minutes and the two damp crew members were retrieved from the water and Rooster was towed back to the wet pits. The crew and boat were unscathed and start two was soon underway.  Brian Peedell and Andy Yeo took their Mannerfelt V24 Full Circle into the lead. The Unlimited Volvo 350hp V8 sounded superb as it was chased by The Enforcer of  Mark and Jeremy Newsam in their Class 1 Frode 25 powered by a Mercury 2.5 EFI.  The other Class 1 entries, The Edge, Little Mac and Deuces Wild all retired from the proceedings one by one.

Last season’s runaway winner was back with a vengeance, and Grahan Lawton in his ultra quick Class 2 Phantom 19 Who Dares Swims, along with Mark Johnson on charts, secured maximum points in both of Saturday’s heats while arch rival Jeremy Gibson in Gibson Construction, a similar Phantom 19, had to settle for the runner-up berth.  Mark Samson and Guy Child in Foamfury was in the thick of the Class 2 action and clinched 3rd place ahead of Bayside Graphics, Hyperactive, Mr Bump, The Rock and Multispark Race Products.  Ireland’s Power Marine driven by designer/builder Alan Power and navigated by Lee Casey won Class 3, but had to settle for second place in race two when Eat Sleep and Race crewed by Craig Temple-Murray and Paul Scott won race two but had to settle for 3rd place in race 1, while Power Marine secured the runner-up berth in that race.  Racing Green, AK Racing, Shocker, Exe Boyz and Licence to Thrill rounded off the Class 3 finishers.

Saturday’s sea conditions were ideal for OCR racing with just enough chop to see air under a few craft, but Sunday’s activities were a stark contrast.  After a buffet-Disco in the Royal Torbay Yacht Club the night before most teams retired to hotels and camper vans in a sober condition but had they known what lay ahead, a few more pints would undoubtedly have been sunk.

When I left my hotel on Sunday I was greeted by strong winds and light rain.  My first thoughts were that it would blow over, but instead it got worse and organisers reluctantly decided to cancel the second day’s racing.

 

OCRDA Race Results for Torquay

CLASS 1

Pos

No

Boat Name

Race 1

Race 2

1

13

CIRCLE EXPRESS

200

180

2

922

ENFORCER

180

200

 

80

THE EDGE

0

0

 

181

LITTLE MAC

0

0

 

42

DEUCES WILD

0

0

CLASS 2

Pos

No

Boat Name

Race 1

Race 2

1

3

WHO DARES SWIMS

200

200

2

10

IR PLAY

180

180

3

20

FOAMFURY

162

118

4

32

BAYSIDE GRAPHICS

131

146

5

121

HYPERACTIVE

118

106

6

4

MR BUMP

DQ

162

7

11

THE ROCK

146

0

8

6

MULTISPARK RACE PRODUCTS

0

131

 

18

PRIESTLEY RACING

0

0

 

9

IF ONLY

0

0

 

10

WHITTAKER RACING

0

0

 

66

WHITE FUSION

0

0

 

666

BREAKSIT

0

0

CLASS 3

Pos

No

Boat Name

Race 1

Race 2

1

5

POWER MARINE

200

180

2

55

EAT, SLEEP, RACE, REPEAT

162

200

3

29

RACING GREEN

131

146

4

8

AK RACING

146

106

5

111

SHOCKER

106

162

6

79

EXE BOYZ

118

131

7

25

LICENCE TO THRILL

180

0

 

52

BUOYZ TOYZ RACING

0

0

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