The Classic Revival Rally
Torquay 25TH to 27TH August 2010
CAN YOU HELP US TO HELP THEM?
The Classic Offshore Powerboat Owners Club and the BPRC are pleased to announce details of the rally to be held at Torquay and Cowes celebrating 50 years of the legendary Cowes Torquay International Powerboat Race.
At the time of writing we have pre registered no less than 57 ex race craft including 7 which will be taking part in the 50th race and will hopefully be able to join in part of the Classic Celebrations at Torquay.
The earliest craft registered include Paul Fairall’s Diesel Huntsman no 27, Richard Rance with Contango a 1961 Christina and of course the first winner fresh from her 4 year restoration Tommy Sopwith’s Thunderbolt. At the other end of the scale are the four race boats entered in the Cowes Classic Mike Bontoft’s Dry Martini, Martin Warren’s Double 2 Shirts (ex ABO) Glenn Chidzoy’s Bounty Hunter and last but not least Markus Hendricks amazing Cinzano!
There is also an anonymous entry, sworn to secrecy until the new owner announces his intentions and in between a whole array of the unsung hero’s who made the trip and never made the big time but each having their own special part in the history of this amazing race. They include 14 of the famous Fairey Huntress and Huntsman, craft which include Seaspray part of the 1969 Round Britain team, plus later models from the pen of Alan Burnard. There are also early Levi designs, Triana’s and 2 very rare Tridents other craft include the beautiful Ja Conga a Moorland 38 from R W Clarks and hopefully if the German owner can get it altogether the one and only Tramontana 2.
One last mention must go to COPOC member Barry Cohen who owns Ghost Rider and has promised to do everything in his power to bring her over from the States for this once in a lifetime event.
The event will also include the re christening of Thunderbolt at Cowes, by 3 times winner Tommy Sopwith with invited guests on Saturday the 28th
All registered craft assembled in the Solent area will depart from Cowes on Wednesday morning the 25th and motor down to Torquay where they will meet up with other entries arriving from the Channel Islands and all points west....
Their arrival in Torquay will be heralded by the RED ARROWS who are performing a half- hour display as part of the week long celebrations staged by the Torbay Authorities.
On the Thursday craft will be available for public display and a parade along the waterfront has been planned with full commentary on the history of each boat.
The fleet will then return to Cowes on Friday the 27th in time for the 50th Cowes Torquay race on Sunday the 29th.
The Classic Revival will be used as a fundraiser for the HELP for HEROES Charity and we hope all club members will support our efforts to make this a success for all concerned.
COPOC are actively seeking sponsors to assist with underwriting some of the costs of putting on this amazing reunion and interested parties are asked to contact the club secretary JOHN IDDON on 01189 794932
We are hoping to have HORATIA up and running for that week end.we wouldnt be able to go to Torquay but would like to attend Cowes,What arrangements if any are being made for birthing etc or are we on our own .
Its early days but is there any plans etc for cowes.cheers CW.
I hope Thunderbolt is not having some fanciful thinking here, I would hope not anyway as there is enough of that going on right now one way or another at other races.
I can't see how Bounty Hunter, Cinzano, D2S and Dry Martini can take part in the Rally to Torquay and come back on the Friday when they are supposed to be scrutineered on the Friday in Cowes so that they can take part in the 1st heat of the Harmsworth Trophy/World Cup the following day. For such an important race I am sure that they wouldn't want to jeopardise their boats by running some 180 miles before the main event. Well I wouldn't anyway.
It's also disappointing to hear that the Americans - apart from Dry Martini - are now not coming because of lack of funding.
if you read the post correctly it does say they are racing in the Cowes Classic on Sunday.
They pre registered with us primarily because no one knew what was happening back then and we already had plans laid.
We are still hoping that the later "classics" may wish to join in the unique celebrations that will be happening at Torquay Wednesday and Thursday,
we would extend a warm welcome to them especially as we are all returning Friday anyway..
Cowes will be buzzing once old and new are together.
1) Catweazle, the BPRC have booked 100 moorings in the Cowes Yacht Haven.
However, there is still plenty more space available - It would be good to see your boat over the weekend - If you can't join in with the Classic Revival, probably best to book your own berth.
2) For Classic boats wishing to enjoy the Classic Revival please note that due to timing you will not be able to compete for The Harmsworth Trophy.
The Trophy alongside the UIM Marathon World Cup, will be decided over 2 heats.
Friday, 27th August - The Cowes 100
Sunday, 29th August - The Cowes Torquay Cowes
Please note that scruitineering for the above commences on Wednesday, 25th August and a mandatory Race Briefing for all competitors will be held at the Royal Yacht Squadron, 17.30 Thursday, 26th August.