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Old 30-07-2008, 05:18 PM   #1
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Cowes 2008, the facts as we know them!

To keep things as simple as possible here is a single page summary of the arrangements for the 2008 Cowes Torquay event. Please use the existing thread for any further discussion, but if you have any specific information to add or amend please send a PM either to me or Johnny Rocket and we'll update this page.

Anything that we know that we don't know is in red italics. As far as we know everything else is confirmed.


RYA update 14 Aug 08
Following a very constructive meting here at the RYA on Tuesday 12 August I would like to confirm the following points:

1. The CTC and the Poole Basic race will start from a position close to the North Head buoy off Hurst Castle. All race boats will be lead under escort through the Solent to the muster area, the reason for this is that we cannot provide sufficient safety boats to cover the start of the race in the Solent area to the satisfaction of the local authorities.

2. The CTC and Poole Basic finish line is located just to the West of the Gurnard NCM mark, limited safety and marshal boats will be located in the Solent however with race boats returning at different times the problems of marshalling will be greatly reduced. We would however remind all competitors to be particularly careful when returning to the Solent, large numbers of recreational craft will be present and it is your duty to take the necessary action to avoid a collision or close quarters situations with recreational craft. The International Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea must be observed at all times.

3. I can confirm that V24 boats will not be eligible to compete in the CTC race, see separate statement from the RYA. I can also confirm that P1 canopied Evolution boats will be eligible for the CTC race and that they will be permitted to race with full canopies in place, it is likely that two of these boats may be racing in the superboat class.

4. The RYA will ensure that race instructions for both races are published as soon as possible and that this information is made available to all competitors.

John Puddifoot

RYA update - V24 14 Aug 08
The RYA have been advised that the V24 Powerboat club will be running a rally for V24 race boats on Saturday 23 August 2008 from Cowes - Torquay - Cowes and it is anticipated that 3 to 4 of these boats will be participating in this event. This rally coincides with the Cowes Torquay Cowes Offshore Powerboat race organised by Mike Lloyd of the Cowes Organising Committee and the British Powerboat Racing Club which is fully approved, licenced and insured by the RYA.

The RYA would wish to confirm for the avoidance of doubt that the V24 rally is not a race and is not approved or licenced by the RYA. This event does not form part of the official race and is running under the direct control of the V24 Powerboat club. Responsibility for safety, insurance and organisation of the rally including all necessary approvals from relevant authorities is the direct responsibility of the V24 Powerboat Club and its officials.

The RYA have not been able to include V24 powerboats in the approved classes for offshore long distance endurance racing due to concerns over the safety of the class, however they will view with interest the results of this experimental rally and the findings and recommendations resulting from this event will be passed to the RYA safety and technical committees for further consideration. It is hoped that as a result of this event, this particular class will be approved for inclusion in future long distance offshore racing events.

John Puddifoot



Date
Saturday 23 August 2008 (Sunday 24 held in reserve for bad weather)

Organisers
The 2008 Cowes Torquay Cowes powerboat races are being organised by the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC). Mike Lloyd is the Event Director. There are no admin staff, so please check here first if you have any questions before contacting Mike or the BPRC.

The race
There are a choice of three courses, ensuring that there is something suitable for as many potential entrants as possible:

- Cowes Torquay Cowes non-stop - approx 200 miles *via Lyme Regis*
- Cowes Torquay, re-fuel (1 hour) and return to Cowes
- Cowes Peveril Cowes non-stop (basic race) - approx 58 miles

Massed start for all classes at 10.00

Scrutineering
Friday 22 August from 09.30 until 18.00 Barry. Dry pits open for race crews from late Thursday afternoon.

Classes
Classes are based on the Round Britain 2008 rules, although the minimum weight for RB4 has been dropped. In addition to the RB classes, there are a few extra including IIIC, Honda and V24 which use the exising UIM class rules. Details on the BPRC web site

V24s will not be taking part in the race, but will have their own separate rally.

The boats entering the CPC race under BASIC rules will fit into one of the following Sub Classes:

Class 10
a. upto 200 hp.
b. between 200 & 400 hp.
c. between 400 & 600 hp.
d. over 600 hp.
Minimum LOA = 18 ft
Maximum LOA= 50 ft

Licencing
An RYA event licence or above is required for all classes in the Cowes event. Confirmed by John Puddifoot 31 July 2008.

Race rules
To be confirmed

Entry Fees

For the CTC race:

Superboat Unlimited = £750
Class 1 = £600
Class 2 = £500
Class 3 = £400
Class 4 = £300
Cruiser & historic = £400
V24 = £300
IIIC / Honda = £250

All boats entered in the shorter CPC race will pay £250

Equipment
Boats entered into either of the CTC races will be required to carry a life raft and EPIRB. Race type lifejackets must be worn, as must suitable helmets (RYA spec here). Single engine boats are not required to carry an auxiliary. If you need to borrow any gear, ask here and someone may be able to help.

Start procedure
ALL boats will mass in the mustering in a anti-clockwise direction area just west of the Royal Yacht Squadron @ 10.00.

The Start Boat - to be described at briefing - will cross the fleet from south to north and form up on the north side of the fleet, All boats must stay to the south of the start boat at all times during the run up to the start. The Start Boat will then raise the Yellow Flag and the fleet will now be under the Start Boats orders. The Start Boat will accelerate West down the Solent to 35/40 knots with the fleet staying 30 meters behind and forming up no more than 7 abreast. The Start Boat will continue on a line down the Solent with the boats in formation behind and to Port until it gets to a position 3 miles West of West Lepe Buoy (around the Solent Bank Buoy) at which point the Green Flag will be raised for the fleet to go. Further information on this start procedure will be given at the Drivers Briefing.

Safety cover
Like the Round Britain event, as soon as the green flag drops racers will be under their own steam as far as safety goes. There will not be any official safety boats on the course.

Cowes
We will have the North Basin at Cowes Yacht Haven as wet pits, with dry pits and the traditional beer tent on the "Groves and Gutterage" yard (ie just like it used to be in the good old days!).

Each boat in the wet pits will have to pay for their own berthing during their stay. This is because the cost of taking on the whole site (as P1 did) is far from cost effective, so you'll pay 'per metre' directly to the marina office, it can't get any fairer than that. Anyone who feels the need to try and avoid this payment will be struck from the finishers list and refused entry to any future races held by the BPRC.

Quite a few boats are expected to turn up on their bottoms and spend the weekend in the water.

Prize giving will most likely be in the permanent structure in the Royal Yacht Squadron. (a fixed tent)

The intention is to bring as many aspects of the Cowes event back to how it was a few years ago, with a more friendly, localised feel at the yacht haven. Obviously we won't be having the 'village' along at the promenade.

Fuel
Cowes Harbour Fuels, just past the Chain Ferry in Cowes, have agreed to supply petrol and diesel at preferential rates for all race boats entered in the CTC & CPC.

Silverware and gongs
Superboat - 1st & 2nd
Class 1 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Class 2 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Class 3 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Class 4 - 1st & 2nd
MC2 - 1st & 2n
Historic Class- 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Medals for Cowes Poole Cowes Race:
1st Overall Sportsboat 1st Honda Sportsboat
2nd Overall Sportsboat 2nd Honda Sportsboat
3rd Overall Sportsboat 3rd Honda Sportsboat

Other Trophies:

Beaverbrook Trophy Overall winner
Renato della Valle Trophy Driver of winning Boat
Mellery-Pratt Challenge Trophy Navigator of winning boat
Cougar Trophy Throttleman of winning boat
Royal Motor Yacht Club Trophy Driver of second boat
Lombard North Central Salver Driver of third boat
Daily Express Challenge Trophy Driver of fourth boat
Ken White Perpetual Challenge Trophy Best Presented Entry
Tim Powell Trophy Innovation and advancement of technology
Alex Foster Meridien Trophy Highest Placed Youngest participating driver or navigator
Royal Torbay Challenge Cup Driver of first boat to Torquay
Royal London Yacht Club Trophy Driver of first diesel powered boat
Peter Stuyvesant Challenge Trophy Driver of first British entered boat
Royal Yacht Club Trophy Driver of first production boat
Hamed Buhaleeba Trophy Highest placed overseas competitor
Waynefleet Challenge Trophy Highest placed British navigator
Ladies Prize First lady driver
Lombard North Central Trophy Concours d’Elegance
Rotch Salver Oldest participating driver or navigator
Coupe Martini Driver of first outboard
Penthouse Trophy Progress in adversity

Entrants
Entries made to P1 have NOT been carried over so everyone needs to enter using the new BPRC entry form below. The official list of entrants is on the BPRC web site

As of 19 August there are 28 boats entered for CTC and 14 for the CPC race

Entry forms
Please download the Cowes entry form here: Entry Form print and return to Mike with your entry cheque to the address on the entry form. Please do this ASAP as Mike needs numbers confirmed, for obvious reasons. Thanks.


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News just in from JF.

Mike has just had a meeting with the RYA.

Everything is looking good. The decision has been made that like the Round Britain event, as soon as the green flag drops, racers will be under their own steam as far as safety goes. There will not be any official safety boats on the course.

Another important change is, the rule that single engine boats must carry an auxiliary engine has been dropped, however, EPIRB and life raft is still mandatory for all boats doing the full CTC course.

Also, it is confirmed that event licences are adequate for both the short CPC race AND the two CTC races.

Entry fees added. Link to entry form added.
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Despite previous announcements V24s will not be taking part in the race, but will have their own separate rally.

The CTC course will now run into Lyme Bay and up to a mark / gate just off (about 1/2 mile) Lyme Regis, then down to Ore Stone rock and back (again via L-R)
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Cowes Harbour Fuels, just past the Chain Ferry in Cowes, have agreed to supply petrol and diesel at preferential rates for all race boats entered in the CTC & CPC.

As of 19 August there are 28 boats entered for CTC and 14 for the CPC race, so it's shaping up to be an excellent event!
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