Powerboat racer's miraculous escape
April 27, 2004 05:48
By David Lennard
A POWERBOAT racer has survived a horrifying 100mph accident in which his craft somersaulted 50ft in the air before crashing back into the water.
Neville Moore, of the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club, escaped from the incident without injury.
Mr Moore, a boatbuilder who used to live in the Woodbridge area, is a member of the north Suffolk club
He was competing at the Stewartby Lake, near Bedford, on Sunday when the accident took place as he raced in his new Lucini hydrocat.
Mr Moore had missed the first heat through fuel problems and was progressing rapidly through the field in the second race with his new 500cc Rossi motor when he took off at full speed along the back straight.
The boat rose 50ft into the air as it turned a complete 360 degrees before crashing back into the water.
Mr Moore was strapped into the safety cockpit of the composite boat, which was virtually undamaged, but the engine was wrecked with the hydraulic effect of water entering the high revving motor at full speed.
Trevor Chatters, of the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club, had been filming races immediately before the accident.
He said: “I had just put my camera down when Neville had his accident. It was an horrendous incident, but because he was strapped in to a safety cell we are happy that he is okay.”
It is understood that Mr Moore had taken a break from motorboat racing for a few years and had been testing new equipment in preparation for his comeback when the accident happened.
“It is just one of those things and happened right at the end of the weekend's racing,” said Mr Chatters.
Keith Wood, also a member of the motor boat club, said he was “mightily relieved” that Mr Moore had escaped unhurt.
“These kind of high-speed accidents when craft leave the water like that can be so dangerous. I cannot begin to explain how relieved we all are that Neville escaped unhurt,” he added.
You got that right!
These boats do over 100mph, however, they are tiny little things. Must have been quite a ride!
Here's a picture of the driver, Neville Moore, I found at
Tut tut..and cheerio old salt..... Must have been quite a roustabout hey? Ah well then chip chip and keep a stiff upper lip.....
Here's another UK driver who probably has a REAL stiff upper lip, among other things today...
Another lucky guy....
Speeding boat could not avoid race driver’s head
by Alex Hanna
A JERSEY powerboat driver spent the night in hospital after being knocked unconscious during Sunday’s races.
Shane Connery was competing in the Thunderduck series, which was supporting the Honda Formula 4-Stroke event.
His boat hit a wave badly and veered sharply to one side in Havelet Bay.
The boat behind, driven by a man from the UK in his first race, could not avoid him and powered straight over the top at around 40 mph.
As the inflatable craft flew over Mr Connery’s boat, the propeller guard smashed into his helmet, knocking him unconscious.
The UK boat capsized, leaving the debut driver under water in his helmet fighting for air before he was rescued.
World powerboat champion Roy Smith, who is also chairman of the Jersey Powerboat Club, said that the St John Ambulance boat was at the crash site within seconds and pulled to safety the injured Mr Connery, in his early 30s and originally from South Africa.
He was taken to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital with neck and head injuries, where he was kept in overnight on Sunday for observation before being discharged yesterday.
‘It was on the first lap of the first race,’ said Mr Smith.
‘Shane had rounded the first buoy and was on the second turn buoy near the back of the field when he caught a wave wrong and hooked out, turning very, very sharply. The boat behind had nowhere to go and went straight over the top.’
He said that it was the first incident of its kind in four years of racing, adding that Mr Connery was an experienced driver in his third season.
‘Shane is going to be okay, but he’s going to have a nasty bump on the head,’ he said.
‘We are fully aware of the dangers, which is why we have very stringent safety rules. People do fall out on tight corners and a red flag instantly goes up to stop the race.
‘We will learn from the incident. A lot of thanks must go to St John Ambulance which was very quick to react.’
He added that apart from the incident, it was a very successful weekend’s racing.
It was the first time the event had been held in Guernsey waters, with 12 boats competing in three heats on each day.
They raced around a tight course and the races included beach starts, where the co-pilot jumped onto the shore, ran around a flag and back into the boat to continue.
There was one boat from Guernsey, five from Jersey and six from the UK, with Jersey duo Torbjorn Haugen and Steve Le Roy taking the overall title.
‘The harbour authorities were a bit dubious to start with, but it was a great success and we are very pleased with the outcome.
‘The authorities were very helpful and the viewing was marvellous, in close to the shore. It supported the larger powerboat events, so the crowds were already there and we could bring it even closer to them.’
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