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Old 16-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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National Raceboat Championship - Torquay

This weekend saw the final Round of the Championship sponsored by Raceboat magazine.

Going into the weekend, Y Knot (Jeremy Gibson / Robert Dyke) held a narrow lead in the championship after winning the rounds at West Bay and Plymouth - the rough conditions at both events suiting the Phantom / Yamaha 130.

If Only (Bob McCarthy / Paul Knight) in a Bernico / Yamaha 130 was in second place. Bob is Chairman of the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association.

In a distant third place was Bernico Racing (Robbie Mould / Jamie Stickler) also in a Bernico / Yamaha 130.

The weather in Torquay on Saturday was perfect for the 11 boats contesting the final round - sunshine and clouds on the English Riviera - and the water was relatively flat.

These conditions suited the Manerfelt bat boats - results:
NWJ Racing Manerfelt / Mercury 200 Neil Jackson / Jason Jackson
Sick Childrens Trust Manerfelt V24 Dan Priestley / Sam Brewster
Circle Express Manerfelt V24 Brian Peedell / Stewart Dick

These three boats were not serious contenders in the Championship having only contested Round 3 at Folkestone. Championship leader Y Knot was 5th.

By contrast, the weather on Sunday was wet and very windy. Conditions that again suited Y Knot and they won the final race, clinching the Championship. Celtic Mist (Alan Power / Olly Ashworth) were second and The Rock (Phil Hancock / Aaron Scott) third.

For pics of Saturday's racing see my Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/riviera...7635552861184/
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Old 16-09-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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Missed it!

It looks like I missed a good event,it's a bummer I had to work.Well done Bob let's hope you get the support for next season and everyone starts working together.Nic
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Old 16-09-2013, 11:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Riviera Guy.

We should mention the welcome return of the Forgecraft that actually won Sundays heat in spectacular style. Thanks to Tim Tapping for catching the action)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...levant_count=1

And that this Championship seems to have captured the imagination with 18 boats contending plus the 4 Zapcats, and lots of interest for 2014 !!
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Old 17-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #4
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Well done to Bob, for getting a successful series started, at the cost of considerable hard work !
Good to see the Forgecraft, Ex Tony Lewis & others, racing again !
What a superb shot by Tim !!!
Good luck for 2014 !!!
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Old 18-09-2013, 12:57 PM   #5
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Awesome weekend bob thanks for putting it on!!

And great to meet all the uk boys

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