Good news for us enthusiast’s but bad news if any one was thinking of buying her! Mike Williams has decided to commission the Levi he has beautifully restored but could still be open to genuine offers…..lets hope he keeps her and she makes an appearance at the next Classic Rally..
CHECK THOSE CUPBOARDS AND SKIPS….there is history out there as this email shows
I came across your website and the news article about Tramontana 2. Some years ago I was working for a house clearance firm and cleared out Don Robertsons’ house in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. One of the items left in the house to clear was a trophy. I am a keen powerboat enthusiast and knew this was the Cowes Classic trophy. It has 1962 Tramontana 2 on it, so kept it for my private collection. I would be happy to send you some photos for your site of it, and am delighted to hear of its restoration. Lets hope it can be in Cowes for 2013 power boat festival.
This is the picture Morgan sent later and yes it is a replica of the BEAVERBROOK TROPHY presented to Dick Wilkins in 1962 an amazing piece of history, I wonder what will turn up next?
QUESTION Why did Don have it?
MISSING PRESUMED LOST
Lets start this new feature with a look at the 1961 entry list…and see what possibilities there are of survivors.Working with the total entry and known craft still with us fathom out what may still yet be found…1961.. 27 starters 4 known survivors
CONTANGO A THUNDERBOLT DIESEL HUNTSMAN and A’SPERANZIELLA
equals 15% of the original starters but if we work through the list it may come out considerably higher based on certain aspects ie builder, build material and size.
GLASS MOPPIE…Bertram 31, glassfibre first off production line probably heavier than normal lay up, converted to cruiser in 62 survival rate ..high
ANGLESEA….Pochin, wooden lost in gale in Torquay harbour.
THUNDERBOLT…Campbell 25, wood laminate, rescued from certain loss, major restoration of hull and cabin. Future survival rate high.
CHRISTINA…Campbell 25, wood laminate, became LOBSTER THERMIDOR …had 4 Jaguars installed.. heavily modified raced for next 3 years then vanished , possibly in Scotland or cut down for fishing boat. Survival rate low. ……..update ..see sparate item above.
A’SPERANZIELLA Wood laminate high quality timbers used, survived then restored but subsequently found in poor condition now requires full rebuild to survive again. Survival rate medium to low, needs true enthusiast to save her.
HUNTSMAN No8 Fairey hot moulded wooden laminate hull very strong, was given to Dartmouth cadets but considered to big for their use then vanished when sold on. It is a Fairey survival rate high owner unlikely to know history……. update…name changed to Diamonds Dublin but later believed to have sunk after colliding with Bournemouth Pier!?
GAY GAZELLE built by Dorset Lake in high quality timber was last know in use 25 years ago but times have changed, a very large boat expensive to maintain. Maybe now a live aboard. Survival rate very low.
CORALIE Another Campbell this time a single engine and an earlier hull.. could exist but most likely became a fishing boat and cut back, very few Christina’s survive intact.
GERANIUM 11 Built by James Taylor at Shoreham? Another big boat but built traditionally again of quality timber but a 50’s design. As Gay Gazelle big enough for a live aboard but expensive to maintain once rot sets in, may survive up some lonely creek but questionable. Survival rate low.
HUNT 34 A Port Hamble built 34 footer constructed of ply on frames, many of the smaller Pacemakers survive but here again a large costly boat to maintain and very rare but also a handsome looking craft which would work in its favour. Survival rate medium to low……
update HUNT 34 sold to North Wales in the 80’s after appearing for sale inboating advert
MONACO FORTUNA Another monster boat but Morgan Giles built the old way with massive ribs and planking, many survive today in fact there is one looking for home on the web site and of course the beautiful Louly restored to perfection. Survival rate high.
YOYO 25ft BERTRAM PROTOTYPE ..Finished 2nd in the race to Thunderbolt…another solid Bertram glassfibre hull but did she go back to the States? Wynn arrived with YOYO 2 the following year. Both had custom built cabins and YO YO 2 had redesigned hull so maybe Bertram did take her back home. Survival rate high but 99% sure boat is Stateside.
KANITA Another large Morgan Giles and the same rules apply as FORTUNA…survival rate high
BLUE MARLIN R W CLARKS Mudie designed Force 8’s are a rarity now but we know of 2 survivors Sandpiper 2 in Northern Ireland and the restored boat for sale on the web site. Survival rate medium to high.
CARRONADE AS ABOVE
SNOWGOOSE OF SARUM …A Shakespeare outboard powered Cabin Cruiser, a rarity then and probably long gone to its grave.
THUNDERBIRD The Prout Brothers Catamaran Cruiser, yes 1961 note, but have you ever seen one? neither have I, was it a prototype ? as they are more famous for their sailing boats…survival rate low!
IANTHE The famous Watson/Westcraft that made the news that weekend it would be good to know she still survives in the EXE area somewhere but somehow I doubt it.
YEOMANA 111 Peter Thornycroft’s Nelson clinker hulled plodder that took all in its stride and finished the journey but out of time…many Nelson boats survive and it is highly likely she is one of them but where? Survival rate medium to high.
VANTAGE As Yeomana above but smaller also out of time
DIESEL HUNTSMAN A solid FAIREY built boat returned the following year as FAIREY HUNTSMAN then in 63 as HERE and NOW although this is subject to confirmation…A SURVIVOR and in use.
GRAYLING A small outboard powered cabin cruiser more suited to coastal waters unlikely to have survived to the present day.
BELLA Fred Carvill’s ANCAS a Scandinavian built glassfibre hulled craft powered by a Volvo replaced by BELLA 2 the following year. Strongly built and probably a survivor, but where?
MURCAIN Built by offshore stalwart Alan Venables. Who went on to bigger and better things, a survivor? don’t think so
SANDRA SPENCER This was the boat that had house glass in the windows and china in the cupboards…she did not survive very far in the race and one doubts she has survived till the present day!
So there we go the 1961 entries those in Red we can assume have long gone to watery graves, those in AMBER are a very big MAYBE!and in green we have 11 boats which all things considered might well still or do exist ..a staggering 41% They maybe out there somewhere but where? and that is why the club exists to hunt them down.. try the exercise your self pick a race year, go through the boats one by one and see what turns up!
Oh and keep your eye on E BAY as that is where they are turning up!!!!
With interest in the “Classic” boat movement picking up I thought it an ideal time to start a hunt for all those “missing” boats that someone “last heard of at so and so” or was “last seen on the Medway” etc. You must all have had your favourite over the years, I was very lucky to find mine but others have been hunting for years! Take club founder John Iddon and his son John jnr they have been looking for the Seahunter “MOODY BLUE” which was powered by a Holman Moody Ford or any of their other raceboats which might be “for sale”!
Another boat which constantly comes up in conversation is Thunderbird/UFO ex Merrick Lewis and Tim Powell’s mount in the first Round Britain Race…again last heard of near Brighton?
Then you get the lucky breaks such as the day club secretary Martin Napier was in Lymington and spotted the 1962 entry Belinda 2 built by Britannia Plastics in Southampton but now restored by club member Jeremy Pack who was totally unaware of her history. We know many boats lose their identity such as the moster that was Thunderstreak or Claudia 2/ Broad Jumper with a cabin disguising her history but she was spotted and is now back in the States…Where is Telstar’s sister Melodrama? again last heard of in a poor condition “somewhere on the South Coast”!
What happened to Flying Jackie?
or indeed Jackie S..
Those early years had a multitude of distinctive boats all if surviving now unique venerable old ladies looking for a good home ….start the ball rolling send me your request and lets see what we can prise out of the woodwork!
The year is 1963 and following on from the victory of 1962 in the Cowes Torquay Powerboat Race and subsequent outlawing of his victorious TRAMONTANA, Dick Wilkins returns to Vosper in Portsea for a new contender, the mighty Jaguar powered TRAMONTANA 2.
Initial drawings revealed a 40 footer following similar lines to the original mini MTB Tramontana but this time sporting an elegant cabin and wheelhouse. The boat in the flesh was even more impressive in her navy blue, white and mustard colours.
The new race regulations had reduced engine capacity to a maximum of 1000hp and to attain this figure the new boat was fitted with 4 marinized Jaguar E-Type engines each producing 250 hp. The engine bay as you can imagine was crammed full of electric’s, piping and heat exchangers, a mechanics nightmare!
All this was controlled by highly complex Bloctube controls as in the picture above the triple Weber Carburettors.
The 1963 race was run in less than perfect conditions for a boat this size and also despite finishing 3rd Tramontana 2 was disqualified for missing a turning mark. She reappeared for the following years race carrying the number 40, a revised cockpit and was raced by Tommy Sopwith the winner in 1961 in the diminutive Thunderbolt. She finished 25th as again the extremely calm fast conditions did not suit her size.
Tramontana 2 was a big favourite with the British fans, more so when she came under the ownership of Tim Powell who campaigned her for the next 3 years. By 1968 now outclassed and out powered she was rebuilt to her 1963 cabin specification with instead of the Jaguars, 2 Mercruiser’s and was used as a private cruiser by Tim but was then subsequently sold by him to a client in Germany.
2012 … We now move to the present day and to the reason behind this article, Tramontana 2 is being restored in Germany by Wolter Groenewold. Yet despite many emails to the gentleman we cannot find out where he is or how the job is progressing but we did receive this picture last year. We understand he will be fitting 2 high powered diesels and that a 1000 litre fuel tank has been fitted but no other information is known.
The Classic Offshore Powerboat Club of Great Britain would like Wolter to bring her to the Classic Rally in Cowes 2013 if he was willing we would seek financial assistance for his trip.
2013 will be Tramontana’s 50th anniversary so we are putting out this plea for him to contact us so this very famous boat can once again grace our shores and bring back memories to the many followers of offshore powerboat racing.
We would also like to reunite Tim Powell and his mechanic Rod Green with their famous steed before age takes its toll.
If anyone should come across information that may assist us please contact COPC immediately or at TOMMYSTBOLT@aol.com
PS…I have sent a similar article to German Magazines, Dag Pike and other sources lets hope someone comes up trumps!!!
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