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Old 19-08-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Classic Rally 25th AUGUST

The Classic Revival Rally Torquay

22 Classic Race craft mainly from the 60ís are ready to make their way to Torquay on 25th of August to help the local authorities there celebrate the 50th running of the world famous offshore race.

11 of the entrants are departing from Cowes and will be gathering in the RLYC Trinity Harbour from 8am onward for a 10.30 departure. They will be escorted down the Solent by other historic craft who will be remaining in Cowes including the first Fairey Huntressís entered Maid Of Baltimore and Kieth Nelsonís HoratiaÖ.
On the Thursday evening a Gala Dinner and Charity Auction in aid of Help for Heroes will take place at the Imperial Hotel with 150 plus guestís including many who raced in the early years of the sport.
All the craft will be on display in Torquay until Friday morning when they will be flagged off at 10.30 back to Cowes by the Commander of the Nuclear Submarine HMS Torbay.
Organiser of the event the Classic Offshore Powerboat Owners Club and their commercial supporter MDL Marina Developments send greetings to contestants in the British Powerboat Festival especially entrants in the 50th Cowes Classic and wish them a safe and successful race.

Finally anyone who has a classic craft from the 60ís and 70ís will receive a warm welcome in Torquay should they turn up during the event although berthing is at a premium space may be found for a short stay in MDLís marina complex opposite the Rally base.

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Old 19-08-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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The Classic Revival Rally Torquay


11 of the entrants are departing from Cowes and will be gathering in the RLYC Trinity Harbour from 8am onward for a 10.30 departure.
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Can you name the 11 boats please.
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Old 19-08-2010, 03:41 PM   #3
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Trinity

Ja Conga, XANTHUS, Miss Daisy, Gee, PAPER TIGER, Viva Tredante
Ocean Pirate, Frivola, THUNDERBOLT (If trials go ok and weather fine)
Horatia and Maid of Baltimore escort vessels plus Prawn Cocktail if she is around...
2 dropped out Graham Laksfors and Spica both developed engine problems and may appear but stay in Solent.

Already in Dartmouth will be HERE and NOW, PLAYTIME, BLUE CORSAIR
In other ports and meeting in Torbay Wens PM
Miss Speedbird, Basta , Seaspray, Hamble Sword, Dr Syn, Louly, Kiltie of Hamble, Tornado.

Le Scarron not completed in time and neither to my great disappointment TRAMONTANA 2
There is an open invitation to anyone with a TOD, LEVI of any type,Bertram or any classic to turn up on Thursday at Torquay .

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Old 24-08-2010, 11:25 AM   #4
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There's some good news on the way from Mike James, Commodore of the Classic Offshore Powerboat Owner's Club and owner of Thunderbolt, winner of the 1961 Cowes-Torquay.

I have absolutely no intention of stealing his thunder... so, i'll keep you guessing! ...Suffice to say that Mike has been burning-the-midnight-oil for the past few weeks and is probably too knackered to post anything just yet.

Come down and see us in Torquay on Wednesday or Thursday if you can!

In the meantime... Watch this space!!
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Old 24-08-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
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All in a good cause...

I should also mention that the Classic Revival Rally, sponsored by MDL Marina Developments, is raising money for Help For Heroes... so please come and support us!
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Old 24-08-2010, 04:55 PM   #6
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Just heard that the classic run to torquay has been cancelled due to bad weather ?
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Old 24-08-2010, 05:18 PM   #7
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i'm out with 'Miss Speedbird', with her only being 21ft weather's just to bad to cross over from Guernsey, Roger with Huntsman 'Sea Spray' is doubtful, John with Fantome 'Basta' is going to try a make a run for it at 5 in the morning
gutted !!!!!!
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Old 24-08-2010, 05:35 PM   #8
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Miss Daisy and Frivola are currently planned to leave Cowes at 5.45am tomorrow morning. If anyone wants to join us to take advantage of the overnight window call me on 07921 299224
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Old 24-08-2010, 05:53 PM   #9
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Such a shame...

So sorry to hear the news... but only you can judge whether your craft is up-to-it in the conditions currently being forecast. I respect the decision of all owners who feel it is too much of a risk.

Some are coming from nearby and at least one is being trailered in. Good luck to those who are coming and I hope the weather window holds.
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Old 24-08-2010, 08:55 PM   #10
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Latest as at 20.45 hrs Tuesday...

Apparently the official run from Cowes has been cancelled and Gee is being saved for "the big one" on Sunday...

However there are a few making their own way to Torquay. More (or at least a steady stream of) power to you Jonathon!

Thunderbolt has been taken on a trailer as Mike considered it too risky with no time for sea trials... but she's in the water! A great achievement Mike.

Our thanks should also go to club secretary John Iddon who has put-in a huge effort to organise this event, with hundreds of emails, letters, and invitations sent out, along with many hours on the phone...
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Old 24-08-2010, 10:24 PM   #11
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Baring a last minute disaster we will be at Cowes friday PM.Running up engines tomorrow ,sea trials will be on the day as usual,where does the time go.Worked flat out last ten days to be ready.last worry is diesel bug as she has stood for long while.pump out bottom of tanks tomorrow check filters etc.The rest as they say is in the lap of the gods.Still evicting spiders from the fender eyes which are now in London never seen so many in all my life.they dont like carb cleaner forgot to mention launching tomorrow better do that before start up
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Old 27-08-2010, 09:43 PM   #12
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anyone know when these boats are back in the solent?

would love to see them coming in together!
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Revival Rally interim report...

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anyone know when these boats are back in the solent? would love to see them coming in together!
Sorry you didn't get a reply Billy, by the time I read your post it was already too late.

The short answer is that they came back individually, as each skipper judged what was best for their own boat / or what they felt like taking-on. Numbers were down due to last-minute engine problems, the bad weather and some opting to stay at Cowes... ready to race!

The weather was pretty bad for them coming back on Friday, but I think Miss Daisy, Blue Corsair, Basta and possibly Playtime made-it back to Cowes ok. Paul Fairall (ably assisted by Paul Hooper) had problems just before Portland, when an engine on Here-and-Now chose just the wrong moment to pack-up... but they managed to crawl back at 18 knots.

Felix (McHenry) decided discretion was the better part of valour and brought Frivola back on Saturday

Apologies again, but I've only just arrived home and got on the computer. Lots of pictures for you and full report to follow...!

My thanks (and undying admiration) to all who attended what turned-out to be a truly special gathering. Back soon!
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Old 31-08-2010, 12:01 AM   #14
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Haven't had much time to sort photos, but here's a taster...
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Old 31-08-2010, 12:05 AM   #15
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As you can see, there was some poser in a Virgin Atlantic Challenger jacket trying to muscle-in on the action...

Went by the name of a "Mr D Pike"... but you'd have to get-up pretty early in the morning to fool me...
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Old 31-08-2010, 09:43 AM   #16
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looks like my old ring in the background of pic 2
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Old 31-08-2010, 07:11 PM   #17
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There's got to be a smart answer to that...


Anyway, do you mean this one?!
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Old 31-08-2010, 07:22 PM   #18
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yep,its the right colours,and as far as in aware not many were done in that colour scheme,although it is a different engine on it,but not surprising as i think it was a 91ish boat. cant see if it has got stainless bow rails on the deck,if it has then i would say definately my old one
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Thunderbolt rides (the waves) again...

Sorry about the quality, Carl... I'll try to be more observant next time and spot "passing traffic" that's right under my nose...

Here's one I'm a bit more pleased with:
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:50 AM   #20
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On The Water

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you little gem, first one of her under power brilliant thanks so much makes it all worthwhile just that one photo.
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