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The changing face of powerboat racing
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:55

The changing face of powerboat racing

Powerboat racers have, in the past, been described as ‘Moet maniacs and beer bellied guzzlers’ - a type of man with copious amounts of loose change to pay for his hobby. But if this is your perception, stop right there! It’s time for a rethink.

It is, after all, the 21st century… Today’s generation of racers look for credibility, justification and ethics; they often hold down full time jobs whilst still expecting an abundance of fun and an adrenalin rush from their weekend adventures.

From grass-roots upwards, it is now all about accessibility, inclusivity and diversity.  

2014 sees the launch of an aggressive approach to rebrand and market this unique and exciting world class sport – spanning both offshore and circuit racing; eradicating old illusions of the past and the misguided synopsis that powerboat racing is dying out.  

Out and about at the Show
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

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I joined the London Boat Show late this year, arriving on Wednesday morning but my first impressions on arrival were better than ever: smaller, more compact - but quality rather than quantity, with a great atmosphere.

Ladies who lunch
After checking in at the media centre, a hive of energy, my first engagement was the RYA lunch with HRH Princess Anne. I have had the honour of being invited to this prestigious occasion for the past three years now by Sarah Treseder CEO RYA.

I have met some very interesting people from Lords and politicians to world leaders in our marine industry, but this year was a little more special to me. I can now say I am a ‘younger brother’ of Trinity House and many of my younger brethren were there and congratulated me.  

Princess Anne is the Trinity House Master, and I do admire her. She speaks so openly and down to earth about the industry that we all love so much.

So, I have set the scene, my Lords ladies and gentlemen. But I must now share something with you that really made me chuckle. Princess Anne was doing the rounds after lunch, chatting to everyone and there I am, having practised my words to thank her for my invitation to join the Trinity House Brethren (if I have the chance).

Record breaking the hard way
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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:13

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When Keith Whittle MD of Powertech Marine was asked two weeks before the annual Coniston Record Week to attempt to break the Formula 2 and S2000 World and National records, little did he know how frustrating, stressful, dangerous and eventful it would be.

The Coniston Records Week in 2013 did not start so well for Keith, when he was informed by officials that he did not have the correct international license to attempt the Formula 2 records. He therefore opted instead to try to break the S2000 world and national record of 125mph, as well as the club catamaran national record of 114mph.  

Roller coaster ride
Arriving early on Monday to prepare the boat, Keith and his team (owner John Kendrick; crew chief and ex-Formula 1 driver Andy Elliott; chief engineer Sam Whittle) were greeted with perfect conditions.

By mid-morning Keith had raised the club catamaran national record to 126.31mph, and the S2000 world and national record to 126.63mph. Defending S2000 world and national record holder, Ian Wright, struggled to match the new speeds over the next two days, meaning Keith and his team had done it.

New helm for RYA powerboat division
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:05


It’s all-change at the RYA for the powerboat division, as we bid farewell to John Puddifoot and welcome Jeni Jelf as the new Powerboat Racing Manager.

John was in office for the past 12 years and successfully negotiated his way through some of the toughest times in powerboat racing; not only has the economy seen an impact on our sport John and his team have worked endlessly to keep the sport going and deal with a number of unpredictable accidents which do happen in our adrenalin fuelled motorsport. I would like to wish John all the best and good luck for whatever the future holds for him.

Jeni Jelf is the brave lady who has been appointed to take over this very important role and I personally think she will do a fabulous job!

Jeni has been involved in the sport for many years as a team manager, an official, and event organiser. She has actively participated on RYA and UIM Committees and currently chairs the RYA Circuit Racing Committee. Recently she has been instrumental in the creation of Powerboat GP.

P1 SuperStock UK Championship season round up
Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

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Shelley Jory-Leigh looks back at this season’s P1 SuperStock UK Championship with Powerboat P1 Chief Operating Officer, Robert Wicks.

What were your thoughts, hopes and aims at the start of the season?

As you know, our 2012 season ended on a very sad note in Weymouth and my immediate wish was that we would enjoy exciting but safe racing this summer. It was also good going back to venues that are becoming firm and popular fixtures on our race schedule. Economic conditions are still tough and we took the decision to restructure the SuperStock race programme to focus on three outstanding events but, very importantly, to deliver at least 10 races at the usual high standard P1 is known for.

We were also pleased to attract our first entry from the USA and to see a UK-based team heading in the opposite direction to compete in the P1 SuperStock USA series. We had spent the winter months planning all the aspects of the 2013 season and were delighted to welcome aboard a number of new sponsors, including Cornhill FX, Allam Marine and Motor Boat & Yachting magazine.

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