Two weeks ago, following their AGM, it was announced that the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association was to become an independent association. The club would organise its own events, issue its own licences and measurement certificates and carry out its own training programme.
OCRDA’s first event, since its ‘Independence Day’ was a training weekend and it turned out to be a success attracting eighteen budding champion drivers who intend to race in the OCRDA series this season. They were put through their paces by experienced racing drivers as most of the training programme is of a practical nature which hopefully covers any situation they might find themselves in all types of racing conditions. The OCRDA series is raced under Club Class rules meaning their events do not carry National or International status. However the racing is just as intense.
Under the watchful eye of seven experienced tutors, drivers are taught the art of racing in close combat and what to do in the event of a mishap. The boats are dicing deck to deck at times, only inches apart and it takes skill for the drivers to steer the boat and control the throttle whilst reading changing water conditions. With the first round of the championship less than three weeks away, the weekend was a perfect opportunity to give crews time to ensure everything has been tested as a loose battery or fuel tank can be the difference between a podium place or a tow back behind a rescue boat. The camaraderie among OCRDA members is well known and the top teams are more than willing to share tips and offer advice to rookie teams new to the sport.
The venue for the OCRDA training weekend was the Mountbatten Watersports Centre, Plymouth which is also the pits for the 5th and final round of the OCRDA Championships. The centre provides ideal facilities for events with a hotel and pub within minutes walk of the slipway.