Raceboat International and Dorset Lake Club are debating whether to launch a new offshore race series in 2012 entitled ‘Back 2 Basics’. There are many owners of pleasure craft that would love to take part in the occasional race but don’t wish to become embroiled in all the paraphernalia that’s required to enter the National Championship. The ‘Yanks’ call Basic racing ‘Run what you Brung’ however there still has to be guidelines adhered to regarding safety as ‘Back to Basics’ is not to be considered as a licence for powerboating cowboys to strut their stuff.
The newly refurbished Dorset Lake Club boasts a superb location on the waterside of Poole Harbour and they played host to many of the Marathon boats that took part in the recent Anne Beakhurst Memorial Trophy event. Robin Culpan, a Director of Dorset Lake Club has taken part in more Cowes –Torquay races than possibly any other competitor. The concept of ‘Back 2 Basics’ is simple. Dorset Lake Club will be race HQ. Four races will be staged throughout the season and involve four classes. Upto 80hp - 100hp to 200hp - 200 to 300hp and 300hp upwards. Although registered raceboats will be welcome, the main aim is to create a series for craft that are not eligible for today’s class structure.