The 3rd round of the WPPA World Powerboat Championship – the Scandinavian Grand Prix – was won by Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis with Spirit of Norway putting their world title defense back on track. The second place was won by Victory 77’s Arif Al Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez followed by Sheikh Hassan and Matteo Nicolini in Qatar 96.
The first corner of the start lap produced a spectacular incident when the crew of Jotun, Jorn Tandberg and Christian Zaborowski crashed after taking (...) > Full story
Gitana 11 is preparing to start the Rolex Fastnet Race on Sunday 12 August. The skipper Lionel Lemonchois and his team of five sailors hope that the name Gitana appears again on the trophy this year.
The Fastnet is one of the most prestigious ocean races in the world, and has been organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club since 1925. The minimum length of boats competing in the Fastnet is 9.10m (21 feet), and they can reach maximum lengths of 25m (70 feet).
The race is renowned for its (...) > Full story
The Chevrolet Cup at Seafair held this weekend in Seattle was an amazing hydroplane race won by Steve David of the Oh Boy! Oberto team with an average speed over 136 mph. David declared after the race: “This was an emotional weekend for the entire team. This team worked so hard and they gave me a little pep talk before I went out there and I think it all worked.”
David Bryant of the Hoss Mortgage Investors team won the second place with an average speed over 133 mph followed closely by J. (...) > Full story
The first leg of the 2007 Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro finished at Crosshaven. Today begun the second stage of the competition, a 344 miles race from Crosshaven to Brest.
Thierry Duprey du Vorsent, at the helm of Domaine du Mont d’Arbois, crossed the finish line of the first leg of the Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro at Crosshaven in 24th position, in a time of 12 hr 08 min 22 sec. Thierry also finished fourth among the 14 rookies in the race.
As expected, the first leg was an (...) > Full story
Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani is relishing the prospect of a return to racing in Oslo at the Scandinavian Grand Prix - round 3 of the WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship (Sunday, 12 August) - the scene of his maiden Grand Prix win with Matteo Nicolini in 2004, and the last time the city staged a round of the World Championship. Sheikh Hassan declared “I have great memories of that first Class 1 win in Oslo in 2004. Those happy memories will never go away. The result came after a big (...) > Full story
Tomorrow one of the oldest solo races in the world will begin. In Ouistreham Bay at Caen, Thierry Duprey du Vorsent and Domaine du Mont d’Arbois, from Gitana Team will line up at the start of the 38th Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro at 15:00 hours on Tuesday 31 March. For its 2007 edition, the legendary solo event brings together a large and prestigious fleet of 50 Figaro Bénéteau class vessels. A newcomer to the event like 13 other skippers, Thierry Duprey du Vorsent is up against some (...) > Full story
Sail gives way to power on the Isle of Wight over the August Bank Holiday weekend when the Powerboat P1 British Grand Prix of the Sea roars into life. Building upon the 47 year heritage of the Cowes Powerboat Festival, this entertainment-packed event has been extended to four days, a reflection of its growing popularity. More than 120 craft are expected to assemble in Cowes, including many of the world’s top racing craft and crew, and organizers predict spectator numbers will exceed last (...) > Full story
Lowestoft’s golden beaches offered an ideal viewing point for 40,000 spectators to watch the world’s largest offshore powerboat series.
Featuring a long, fast straight which runs along the beachfront, the inaugural Honda Formula 4-Stroke race course thrilled both crowds and racers alike with close action racing across both series.
In an action packed 150hp race, Jerry McArthur and Jonny Twelvetrees put in another stunning performance in ‘Salcombe Racing’ to (...) > Full story
Raymarine fitted their latest top-of-the-range GPS navigation system in Sun Lik Beer, prior to the Powerboat P1 German Grand Prix of the Sea, and both boat and sponsor benefited from a strong team performance with Ocean Dragon Racing finishing in second place in the SuperSport class.
The system, which was specially set-up for Powerboat P1 circuit racing and rules, downloads data with tracking information which can then be loaded onto a computer for post-race analysis. The team is then (...) > Full story