Don Shead Planatec

Don Shead Planatec

Once upon a time… there was a Class 1 powerboat owned by a gentleman by the name
of Bobby Buchanan-Michelson, the craft was called HOT OMELETTE A 34FT Avenger with 1100hp Mercruisers.
Its season got off to a reasonably good start with Mr B-M making quite an impression, But there was
trouble in store for Hot Omelette in its bright yellow and red racing livery, one of the stern drives
ripped out during a race and she sank! When recovered her condition was very poor and the resilient
Mr B-M returned with a new Shead Designed Planatec hull, called ABO (Another Bloody Omelette). ABO
was entered in the ’74 Cowes Torquay powered by 2 Mercruisers rated at 1300hp and the same Red and
Yellow livery , she unfortunately retired after 10 miles with engine problems. In ‘75 ABO returned as
RADIO RENTALS with Tim Powell driving and Mr B-M as crew, she finished the race in 5th
position.


"ABO" 1974 Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.

In 1976 there was no sign of Mr B-M or ABO/Radio Rentals but she reappeared again in 1977 with
John Cunningham and was now called MACHO unfortunately she retired at Torquay with a blown head
gasket.


"Macho" 1977 Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.

In 1978 ABO / RADIO / MACHO reappeared as BALLERINA again with Mr CUNNINGHAM this time retiring
at Anvil Point. 1979 A/R/M/B FAILED TO APPEAR! but was back again in 1980 with a new owner a MR
WALKER but did not compete in the Cowes Race nor again in ’81, ’82 or ’83.


"Ballerina" 1980 Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.

In 1984 she was back again as DOUBLE TWO SHIRTS with new owner Tim hill and powered now by 2 Sabre
Diesels at 1000hp, Old ABO now took on a different view on racing, in that years Cowes Classic she
finished 4th overall , it seems she liked her new Sabres!


"Double 2 Shirts" 1984 Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.

1985 and the Cowes Torquay included a 1 hr stop for refuelling at Torquay, Double Two was up the
front again battling for honours with Ray McEnhill’s OUTSIDER and it was all worth she finished second
in the race and first in OP2. In 1986 ABO still with Tim Hill returns with a new sponsor FOLLETT CARS
and becomes a popular entry with the spectators and yet again after years in the doldrums she beats
some big names to come home 5th and again win OP2! Maybe it was all getting too much for
the old girl for 1987 was another retirement, still she showed her metal and was she was good she was
very good! Which is why with yet another change of ownership to Roger Fletcher and a new name REJUGA,
she competed in the 88 CTC against some of the big names in the sport and still made it home
11th overall and 5 OP2. Not bad for a 13 year old boat!


"Follett Cars" 1986 Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.

She was up to her old tricks again in 1989 repeating a previous years placing 5th
overall and 1st OP2 and beating in the process a very nice CUV called FOLLETT CARS !

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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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