August 13th 1964 Cowes Torquay
The entry list topped out at 57 of which 45 actually started
50% of which were everyday production cruisers.
Horsepower ranged from 150 to 1200hp with a length
of 21 to 40 ft, the entries came from Italy, the USA and Norway…..
The weather was fine and calm…the winners speed was a tad under 49mph with the journey taking 3hrs 50mins…..thousand’s of spectators lined the route from the start at Cowes to Torbay with an estimated 3000 at the Portland Bill vantage point….and the winner was Surfrider
Oh for the good old days!…
Journalist Mike Taylor is producing some Classic boating articles for MBM…first up is the Christina…featuring Andrew Cooper’s La Garoupe…next will be Lady Emma a Levi Triana…..
Where have all the class 3 boats gone?……bar for the odd Scorcerer and a few Avengers known to exist there is little evidence of the old raceboats from the late 60’s….and there were a lot of AVENGER 21’S..Red Aliigator, Screwdriver, Shady Lady, Badger where is AVENGER alias SCAVENGER? The Levi designed Double M hulls…Vertigo… Towmotor
The fate of the class 3 craft seems to be more disasterous than the C1 and 2 boats…and from the early years the one off’s are even rarer, its a miracle Thunderflash survived…what happened to the Tremletts and Stapley’s…back in the early 80’s I had a chance to buy Volare from a guy in Boscombe I wonder what happened to her? no matter how many times you traul through Boats and Outboards or ebay very little appears. Most became firewood I suppose unless you know better!
Photos courtesey of Graham Stevens
NO 3 IS ROBIN WARD’S THUNDERSTREAK
COUNTRY GB….MAKE BERTRAM….LENGTH 31 FT…
POWER TWIN FORD DEARBOURN INTERCEPTORS 800HP
RACE NO H 400 …….
As she was in 1965
NO 2 is Nick Wilkinsons HTS PERKINS….
COUNTRY GB….MAKE SOUTER / SHEAD…. LENGTH 33FT
POWER TWIN PERKINS 660HP…..RACE NO H858
PHOTO COURTESY Graham Stevens (HTS off Portland Bill)
The Cowes Torquay and the Torquay Cowes are due to take place on the 31st of August and there are 3 entries in the Historic class.
NO 1 is Mike Bontoft’s DRY MARTINI….
COUNTRY USA…MAKE CIGARETTE….LENGTH 35 FT …..POWER TWIN MERCRUISERS 1200 HP RACE NO H9
PHOTO COURTESY TIM TAPPING / BPRC