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Old 14-06-2005, 02:17 PM   #1
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does anyone know if i have to be a member of a recognised boating club to do a basic race or to get a day license?
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Yes - need to belong to a club to get a day licence.

Easy to joing ORDA if you would like to come and race at Littlehampton!

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Old 14-06-2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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I live in littlehampton and thats what im hoping to do! Ive just finished building my race boat and wanna give it ago! Do you know the dates yet? Have you got any info on ORDA?
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I live in littlehampton and thats what im hoping to do! Ive just finished building my race boat and wanna give it ago! Do you know the dates yet? Have you got any info on ORDA?
I should hope so! He's the chairman!
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Re: basic racing

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does anyone know if i have to be a member of a recognised boating club to do a basic race or to get a day license?
The organisers may let you be a day members of their club or I had been a member of Salcombe YC for many years and that seemed to surfice you simply state which club you are a member of on the race entry form.

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I am interested in basic racing. Can someone tell me the crack? I imagine they pile you in with a bunch of people with similar setups? Are there any restrictions on engine power etc?

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Old 14-06-2005, 09:11 PM   #7
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I am interested in basic racing. Can someone tell me the crack? I imagine they pile you in with a bunch of people with similar setups? Are there any restrictions on engine power etc?

Cheers!
if you race in clubman class you can use any suitable boat and engine, im a member of barrow powerboat club,in my last race boats ranged from an f1 cat capable of 140mph+ to a 16 foot ring with 90 yam.

have a look at www.wmbrc-racing.net/ and www.lprc.info/
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I am interested in basic racing. Can someone tell me the crack? I imagine they pile you in with a bunch of people with similar setups? Are there any restrictions on engine power etc?

Cheers!
I did a thread on my experiences it can be found here http://www.boatmadforum.co.uk/showth...&threadid=1490

I had never done it before either. Sponsorship is the way forward to finance it unless you are alreday flush. But great experience and I want to do it again.
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nice one stuart,you know it makes sence. why dont you come to littlehampton its a great event. you can bring your tent and fall into it straight from the beer tent
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but if your competing against people with 140mph capable cats then isnt it a bit pointless? Or do they have serveral classes in one race?
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but if your competing against people with 140mph capable cats then isnt it a bit pointless? Or do they have serveral classes in one race?
no its not pointless,we race on a handicap system ie if i can do 1 lap in 1 minute and its a 10 lap race ive got 10 minutes to finish,the cat may lap in 30 seconds so he gives me 5 minutes before he starts.
It makes for exciting racing especially when the cats accelerate from 0 to 100 in 3 seconds and come screaming past you at 120mph.
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that sounds pretty fair. I am trying to get the company I work for to sponsor me (i.e. pay for some/most of the equipment and fees too set myself up) I dont think I will be able to afford to do any racing this year but I am sure as hell gonna get some racing in next year!
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I've wondered about a 'pursuit race' format before - does it work well roofer?

Mr Rob, look at previous basic race results - Carl's had a fair few podium places in both his P20 and the backdraft, that's not an uncommon situation IMHO. You occasionally get boats like Mr Noisy along - maybe a 75mph boat - but it hardly has an exemplory record for finishing races (Sorry Ben). So you would have as good a chance as anybody if you're a good driver and the boat is well set up.
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Also, if you had a 200 motah you could consider the 'production' class of F200. Look at Ian Sterling in his P21 - a boat that you'd expect to not be very competitive - he currently stands I think 2nd in the national championships (With Richard White 1st and CB1 third That's from memory though - sorry chris if I'm wrong)
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works very well and nobody queries results because its all computerised
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Ah-Ha - lots of opportunity for cheating if I write the software then!
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Old 15-06-2005, 10:00 PM   #18
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So can anyone give me some contact info for orda or a boating club that i can become a member of that is good enough for a basic race then??
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Old 15-06-2005, 10:43 PM   #19
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I've wondered about a 'pursuit race' format before - does it work well roofer?

You occasionally get boats like Mr Noisy along - maybe a 75mph boat - but it hardly has an exemplory record for finishing races (Sorry Ben). So you would have as good a chance as anybody if you're a good driver and the boat is well set up.
During countless UKOBA committe meetings the subject of pursuit racing has been raised. The conventional wisdom has always been that "the spectacle of the start would be lost." A spectacle requires spectators and can only exist when they are there to witness it.

We have to realise powerboat racing is not a spectator sport, has not been for a number of years and is unlikely to be so ever again. Granted, V 24, Prov Vee, Powerboat P1 and Class I still fortunately garner attention but the heyday has gone and the world views us as an anachronistic annoyance. Offshore powerboat racers are seen as uncaring 'destroyers of the planet.' The most telling thing for me was a couple of weeks ago when Mr. Noisy was being towed to Poole and I was following. As we got towards Poole and invariably made some wrong turns we passed numerous young people. When we closely and slowly went by a couple of what appeared to be 12 year old boys and they didn't give the boat a first never mind a second look I realised our sport was in dire straights. (Mr. Noisy might not be the most modern thing on the block but does at least look interesting with 4 good size tailpipes out of the stern and the Union flag draped along the bow.)

Basic racing is a wonderful way of getting involved with a sport that for me is the most exciting in the world but please be aware that in the final analysis, powerboat racing is something we do for ourselves and our own satisfaction

To the original topic, the pursuit idea seems like a good one to me.

How did I get on this rant?

And com'n Matt, according to my calculations Mr. Noisy is a maybe 80 mph boat, not a measly maybe 75!
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re 80mph - only going on what you said at Cowes.

Have to say at Ramsgate a gent and his family approached asking if they could have their kids photos taken by the boat - really made me smile that they were interested.
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