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The Round Britain power boat race started today at around 5AM Florida time...ROUTE...
and goes on for 10 days June 30th finish
There are many varied boats taking part from Historic, Classic, production, RIB's and current race boats
such as last years Buzzi diesel engined 46' boat from evolution P1 and Silverline another Buzzi from Super Sport P1 their is also a 100+ mph Fountain taking part together with a famous winged 4 engined diesel boat that won the Key West races back in the 80's and has been completely restored and fitted with 4x600hp Fiat diesel engines giving a speed in excess of 90+mph even when fully loaded with fuel this is therefore the overall favourite at odds of 2:1 on
From an American point of view there has been talk of diesel for powerboating and Fiat seem to be backing the event heavily
they are also involved in P1 with their 5.9LTR 480Hp engines, I don't know if these engines have ever been installed in an American power boat as yet, but they may prove interesting to follow, there are also many Yanmar diesel engines as well
Within the 50ish entries are some seasoned offshore endurance crews plus quite a few female team members including an all female team, anyhow hope this may prove of interest to some of the OSO members
Last edited by aquafun; 06-21-2008 at 08:02 AM.
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June 21st The opening leg of the Round Britain race that headed from Portsmouth to Plymouth (Saturday) proved a tough test for much of the large boat fleet. A rough head sea across Lyme Bay slowed many. Despite this Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings in a Super Sport P1 boat were first to finish bringing up Silverline/Original Style home in first place after covering the 130nm mile course in less than three hours. But those further astern were not as lucky.
Race favourites Fabio Buzzi, the Italian winner of the last circumnavigation in 1984 and favoured to win yet again, made a massive mistake leaving Portsmouth Harbour. In attempting a short cut to the start line his 2,400hp FPT Red struck a submerged wartime defence barrier smashing a rudder and one of his three propellers.
The Austrian driver, Hannes Bohinc, was another. The one time round Britain record holder drives one of the fastest boats in the line-up only to blow his engines in the first few miles. Both Buzzi and Bohinc are expected to work through the night making repairs and could rejoin the fleet further down the course.
It was less than ten minutes after Silverline Original Style finished that the Greek entry of Blue FPT of Vassilis Peteras and Panos Tsikopoulos entered Plymouth. They were to take second slot with Nick Gilley and Jon Fuller bringing the Phantom hull, Swipewipes.co.uk home in third place less than a minute behind.
The weather made it a punishing race, the Fairey cruiser 747, crewed by three British Airways Captains was forced to enter Weymouth to put Cormac Lundy ashore with a broken rib.
Garmin a 40' Hunton and carrying TV presenter Nick Knowles retired early with mechanical problems but this was insignificant compared to the luck experienced by the German entered Swordfish cruiser, Blue Marlin. It was while crossing the rough and tumble Lyme Bay that she suddenly sprung a leak. Pumps could not combat the inrush of water forcing the crew to take to their liferaft. Markus Hendricts and his three-man crew were later picked up unharmed by a fellow competitor. but Blue Marlin is now considered a total loss, there are a few other boats that headed for various ports along the route failing to finish
A poor weather forecast for Sunday’s leg from Plymouth to Milford Haven could cause delay or a modification to the course to enable the event to maintain its time-table.
une 21st Portsmouth to Plymouth
Position # Boat Name Class Position PM
1 471 Silverline / Original Style RB1 1 12.49.57
2 333 Blue FPT MC1 1 12.58.38
3 43 Swipewipes.co.uk RB4 1 12.59.21
4 6 Mystic Dragon MC1 2 13.01.36
5 R80 Seahound MC1 3 13.01.38
6 22 Lionhead RB3 1 13.05.48
7 55 Braveheart III MC1 4 13.07.50
8 12 Biretta MC1 5 13.19.28
9 R2 Hot Lemon RB3 2 13.24.50
10 7 Going Lean RB3 3 13.30.16
11 4 Hardleys RB3 4 13.30.24
12 9 Team Vilda RB3 5 13.40.49
13 77 Sealbay RB4 2 13.41.07
14 96 Mr Mako RB4 3 13.46.14
15 18 Ikon RB3 6 13.51.10
16 10 Black Gold RB4 4 13.58.33
17 8 Power Products Marine MC2 1 13.59.41
18 15 Buro MC1 6 14.00.28
19 33 Gutter Boyz RB3 6 14.02.08
20 110 Seafarer RB3 7 14.07.44
21 343 Carbon Neutral RB3 8 14.09.05
22 185 Gee Historic 1 14.09.52
23 69 The Bandit RB2 1 14.12.04
24 16 Team Scorpion Dubois MC1 7 14.12.08
25 R3 My Pleasure 2 RB4 5 14.18.13
26 5 Northern Spirit MC2 2 14.23.53
27 102 Vampire Team Pulsar RB4 5 14.25.11
28 17 TFO MC2 3 14.28.37
29 14 Mud Swell and Beers RB4 6 14.46.11
30 47 Relentless RB3 9 14.47.28
31 130 Fugitive MC2 4 14.58.28
32 101 Team Pulsar / Wolf RB4 7 15.07.54
Confirmed results subject to protest.
Last edited by aquafun; 06-21-2008 at 12:21 PM.
How are the boats that broke, repaired and reenter the next day rated in the total race?
Keep up with the reports.
OK, I went to the link in the first post and have now read the rules as to what can and can not be done.
Last edited by Turbojack; 06-22-2008 at 09:21 AM.
As usual with the good ole British weather it has let the Round Britain down in a big way with very very high winds creating up to 30' seas in the very exposed far western leg this has given the organisers little choice but to ask all competitors to take the boats by road to the next stage which no doubt will still prove extremely rough and difficult to navigate through
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