Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell…Sidelines

Back in the late 50’s and early 60’s whilst the Christina brand was establishing itself Bruce Campbell held dealer ships for Albatross and maybe the American Ancarrow brand.
Ancarrow produced speedboats that looked like the Cadillacs of the waves with their outrageous wings and exhaust’s mounted like rear lights!

Ancarrow - Lil' Daddy

But one of their products which caught Cambell’s eye was the incredibly
Futuristic looking "Consul"

Ancarrow - Consul 19'

19 feet of Black high gloss accentuated with gold and powered by the latest Cadillac Crusader engines thro a step up V drive giving 65mph!
Yes you heard correctly, 65 mph in 1960!
Here is another picture, better quality thank goodness, it was taken at the London Boat show…

Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

The story goes like this…

Back in 1960, Bruce Campbell and Ken Raybould had taken a CHRISTINA down to the South of France to demonstrate its capabilities to prospective buyers. One day whilst Ken was demonstrating the boat at Villefranche they were overtaken by a black speedboat which turned out to be driven by none other than Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat magnate. Ken had never seen a small boat go so fast and followed in the Christina, eventually back in the harbour Agnelli come over to look at the Christina having never seen a Deep Vee before so a two way conversation went on regarding the 2 boats. It later transpired that Dick Wilkins of Tramontana fame had a Consul which he kept in Devon this was aquired by Campbell and brought back to the Hamble yard where it remained for a fair time during which it attracted much attention especially when its V8 Crusader burbled away!

The craft was eventually purchased and used by Arthur Cole who had redesigned the now famous Christina superstructure for Campbell, subsequently it was then obtained by Philip Goddard who was then based at Willments old yard but has long since disappeared. The original Crusader engine was around this time replaced by a 240hp Ford Dearbourn.

It would be good to know if this unique craft has survived the past 50 odd years and is possibly still in the Hamble area look again at that unique deck and let us know if you spot it anywhere.

Here below is the range of Ancarrow boats…totally 50’s in style and utterly amazing specifications for the age.


Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

To see more of the Ancarrow Marine 1959 Brochure, follow the link to; – Online Magazine

Black Magic

Black Magic

Black Magic

It appears that the pictures above (Black Magic) are of the actual craft owned by Campbell and found in London

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Press Release 14th April 2019

Press Release – 14th April 2019

Embargoed until authorised by UKOPRA / COPC

Following the Classic Offshore Powerboat Club AGM at RAF Yacht Club today a presentation was held at their invite from UKOPRA to publish their new classes for historic racing which take immediate effect.

COPC as an existing avid supporter of the regenerated offshore racing scene in the UK had prior to that presentation formalised their affiliation with UKOPRA by unanimous decision in order to allow event organisation under their sanction.

Much work has gone on in the past months and UKOPRA are extremely grateful to the committee of COPC for their input and assistance in creating the new (old?).

Class 4 Historic

Sub Classes for Class 4 are as follows with offshore general rules to apply.

  • Runabout – Pre 1990 design to a maximum of 115 HP and 21 ft boat length.
  • Cruiser – Pre 1990 design with a maximum speed of 50 knots to be upheld.
  • Purpose designed – Pre 1990 design with a maximum speed of 60 knots to be upheld.

The aim is for historic boats to compete on the same courses as existing UKOPRA Offshore class boats with a reduced distance covered to reflect the need to preserve the historic equipment.

The points system to be allocated to this class of racing will take a form of only 25% coming from final race position with the remainder awarded to criteria relating to Presentation, Age, Spirit, Quality of restoration, Provenance etc.

In addition to the above the publication of new UIM rules relating to Pleasure Navigation now allows the following UIM Group B compliant boats to enter our offshore classes as follows.

  • UIM Promotion Class can enter UKOPRA 3A/B
  • UIM Production Class can enter UKOPRA 3X
  • UIM Super boat Sport S1 and S2 can enter UKOPRA 3N

Minimum levels of equipment carried will be as referred to in the UKOPRA general rules.

Records Weekend

With COPC now formally affiliated they are keen to run an additional event this year and have agreed to host

Performance Records

Event Organiser – Classic Offshore Powerboat Club.

Sanctioning body – UKOPRA

Date – To be advised but provisionally a weekend in late September / early October.

Location – To be advised although the Freshwater area of the Solent is favoured subject to permissions.

Eligibility – All UKOPRA classes with a minimum of two fully licenced offshore licence holders in control.

Course Measurement – Will be over 1 statute mile to be run in both directions and an average speed taken for the two runs.

There will be the opportunity for marine manufacturers to be measured subject to a suitable application and with a minimum of two UKOPRA licence holders in control of the vessel.

Whilst there is no requirement to be a member of any of our affiliated race organisers to take part in activities we do recommend you support them and any potential event sponsors would be gratefully welcomed.

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