Miss Enfield 2

Miss Enfield 2

Miss Enfield - 1969
Miss Enfield – 1969

There is no doubting that the lineage of "Miss Enfield 2", Tommy Sopwith’s second Cowes Torquay winner can be traced back to Don Shead’s first design AVENGER
After the success of Telstar in the 1968 race Shead was to take what was basically a longer version of the 21 and develop a new hull for Sopwith based on the Avenger 21 and Telstar this was to be T2 which unfortunately proved unsuccessful in his hands although she did reap some rewards as Hot Bovril with David Bassett and was consequently used as a mould for the production versions known as AVENGER 34 which was moulded by Danamos. The 34ft cruiser was also raced, Passing Cloud the gas turbine which then became Red Rum was one such a boat.

Miss Enfield II - 1970
Miss Enfield II – 1970

The slightly smaller Avenger Too which had won the Round Britain Race, also bore lines which bridged both the early Avenger 21, Telstar, T2 and lead to HTS
At the same time of T2’s build the experimental Miss Enfield also came of the stocks although unlike the Souter built wooden T2, Miss E came from the newly founded Enfield Marine and was built using Aluminium.
It was from lessons learned with both craft T2 and Miss E that the next design had evolved, built by Enfield Marine Miss Enfield 2 looked the part from day one and was powered by new 650 hp Mercruiser engines although it was her sister boat which was the fancied runner, the even more powerful Avenger 007, which in her own right was the template for Sheads most successful design UNOWOT…

Yellowdrama - 1972
Yellowdrama – 1972

Miss Enfield 2 won the race that year ahead of 007 but it was 007 that Sopwith borrowed to race in the America’s to try and wrap up the world championship and was duly scuppered when she caught fire and sank.
After Tommy parted with Miss E2 she reappeared in the hands of Ken Cassir in 1971 then renamed Yellodrama for the 72 race with John Galliford.
In 1973 she reappeared in the striking white and blue colour scheme of John Davey and was now known as BLITZ. She raced under this name for 74, 75 and then 76 when under the ownership of Alf Bontoft. Sadly and in a very spectacular way her race ended when the crew lost control in the Solent of Gurnard Ledge resulting in Alf Bontoft’s death when he was thrown from the bucking craft.

Blitz - 1973 Blitz - 1974
Blitz – 1973 Blitz – 1974
British_Buzzard - 1977
British Buzzard – 1977

With a change of name, owner and engines the hull reappeared in 1977 with Roger Allen at the helm and powered by twin Perkins diesels and again in ‘78 with Sabres and was known as British Buzzard. Now 10 years old she made one last appearance again with a new owner in 1979, she was known as LPW and was powered by "Outboards" such a sad finale for a successful and famous craft.

Miss Enfield 2 then vanished, as do many offshore racers only to resurface in the garage of Sway resident Don Wood where she had been stored for the past 25 years and was now on the MARKET!… such is the reach of Classic Offshore it appears that an Italian gentleman Guisseppe Soro had spotted her for sale and the deal was finalised early April this year.

LPW - 1986
LPW – 1986

Again as in the case of Telstar another famous racer is leaving our shores but Miss Enfield 2 is to be restored and will be raced again in Italy and here. We look forward to seeing her return and will keep all posted to developments.

Mike
21/04/2011

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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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