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GOOD BOY VODKA SPEEDBOAT SMASHES ROUND THE ISLAND SPEED RECORD

Good Boy Vodka smashed the Round the Island speed record in winning the opening race of the UKOPRA Offshore Powerboat Championship.

The previous record – set by Chris Parsonage back in 2005 – was with an average speed of 111mph, this was easily surpassed by British driver Rob Lockyer and the American Tim Linden on Saturday in a 47ft Outerlimits Hull at a staggering average speed of 118.04mph – in a time of 30 mins 18 secs.

20 powerboats from as far away as Sweden were blessed with flat conditions from the off which continued around the 360-degree 51.8 nm course.

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2nd place went to Falmouth-based team Double Trouble with also an incredible average speed of 104.27 mph in a Fountain monohull; 3rd place also went to a Class 1 Fountain hull for debutant team Laa Laa with Southampton-based racing driver Dean Stoneman at the helm.

Oceanus Racing VT with Rich Truscott took line honours in the new offshore Class of 1L with an impressive 82.86 mph for a single engine boat; Class 2 went to the first Catamaran home for Poole-based Assagai, a class where all the teams completed the race.

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Class 3 debutants, and the youngest drivers to race in UKOPRA history, from Bembridge were Baylan Blanks and Harry Pink who won in Class 3B with a Phantom 19G race hull called Motorvated Racing. It was more impressive that they only managed to get the engine fixed an hour before scrutineering closed the night before the race.

The very competitive Class 3 saw wins for Jason Field and Tom Trotman in KMO Racing in a 3D Class Cougar hull, 3C went to Lovely Jubbly Bubbly of Chris and Jamie Owens racing in the beautiful yellow Argo Catamaran for the first time.

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Class 3E saw a battle between two Isle of Wight based teams which ended with the 51-year-old Bertram monohull ‘Thunderstreak’ driven by team principal Hugo Peel starting where they finished off in 2023 with a win. Peter Hall with ‘Mango Crazy’ yet again finished second in the classic Hunton hull.

The fleet with now move to Poole on Sunday 16th June with a classic offshore course around Poole Bay and the Needles.

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Sloop John B.
Sloop John B.
28 days ago

The event is too noisy for our sedate peaceful island, it should be banned.

Ian line
Ian line
Reply to  Sloop John B.
27 days ago

And I think you need to know a bit more island history my friend. Its part of our heritage and has been for over 50 years

Sloop John B.
Sloop John B.
Reply to  Ian line
26 days ago

Slavery is part of our heritage, witch dunking and bear baiting too.

They all came to an end when people saw sense.

Time to see sense and end this noise pollution on our waters.

John James
John James
Reply to  Sloop John B.
26 days ago

We should deport you old moaning gits. #banretirementisland

Ian line
Ian line
Reply to  John James
26 days ago

I couldn’t agree more John. Everything we try and do here someone has to moan most of whom weren’t even brought up here.
To my knowledge I don’t remember any bear baiting or witch dunking lol.

Tony
Tony
28 days ago

I couldn’t hear it due to boy racers with enhanced noisey exhausts with back fires. All illegal of course.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Tony
27 days ago

Nothing illegal about a loud exhaust. It’s illegal to use them in an antisocial manner.

Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
28 days ago

Boys’ toys. Totally incompatible with the Island’s claims to greenness.

John James
John James
Reply to  Helen Highwater
26 days ago

How would you know? They could be running ethanol.

Hellé Nice
Hellé Nice
27 days ago

….and breathe wrinklies

Derek and Karen Rose-Tint
Derek and Karen Rose-Tint
26 days ago

Just think, absolutely none of this brings money into local businesses which is then spent at other businesses on the Island.
Several of the boats are kept and maintained here on the Island at significant cost.
As an aside, those dirty horrible people bringing their nasty noisy cars over to this peaceful, crime free island are definitely not staying here on holiday for a few days or spending their money on a holiday here at local businesses.
We think the lot should be banned, and any proud Islanders should encourage every Parish council to aim to best the giddy heights of Sandown High Street.

Ryde Resident
Ryde Resident
Reply to  Derek and Karen Rose-Tint
26 days ago

Lol @ “crime free island”.

 

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