Poole Bay 100 – Phoenix From The Ashes?
9 Offshore Racing boats battled through a tough Poole Bay course on the 9th of September 2017, the first to run there for 5 years.
However, this race was organised without recognising Britain’s powerboat racing governing body, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).
Licences and Log Books were issued by UKOPRA for free using a quick and simple online process and the competitors and their boats were checked for racing competency and conforming to the rules.
Using a team of experienced race organisers, the Saturday ‘Event and Race’ ran like a Swiss Watch, even with difficult weather conditions.
Nick and Jeremy Newsam took the overall honours in their Frode, Team Draper Tools Racing.
Incredibly the 6 finishers all crossed the finish line within a couple of minutes.
Dave Sheldon made his Offshore Racing comeback in a new Phantom 19G, Multispark Racing that had only hit the water that morning. Sadly, his throttle broke putting him out of the race, he said after:
I’m just pleased to have had the chance to race the boat this year!
Racing returned to Poole and local resident, entrepreneur and 2016 Cowes Torquay Cowes winner Richard Carr said at a sunny prize giving:
This race has proved that it can be done, it will set the ball rolling for next year and I have a plan for an event here!
Class X-Ray (UIM equivalent Class 3X)
1st) Team Draper Tools Racing – Nick and Jeremy Newsam
2nd) Ananab Racing – Graham Reeder and Martin Foster
3rd) Fat Boy – Mark and Andrew Childs
Class Alpha Bravo (UIM equivalent Classes 3A & 3B)
1st) Licence To Thrill – Lee Ornsby and Ross Mcgreggor
2nd) Motorvated Racing – Jack Bobin and Barry Culver
1st) The Beaver Returns – Brian and Thomas Pelham
Photos: Mike Powell