The BAD BOYS of the Sport and their Boats

The BAD BOYS of the Sport and their Boats

Lord "Lucky" Lucan Top of the list in this section of British
Powerboat history must go to one Lord Lucan who took up powerboat racing after seeing his brother in law
Bill Shand Kydd the wallpaper heir, racing in Blue Moppie the ex Bertram/Griffiths boat of 1962. Lucky’s
first boat was a 25ft Bruce Campbell Christina powered by 2 Ford Dearborne Interceptors totalling 800hp,
quite a power ratio in those days.

The race in 1963 was run in flat calm for the first stages and Lucan was seen having a battle royal
with Tom Sopwith in Thunderstreak, Keith Schellenberg in Blue Moppie, Sonny Levi in A’Spereanziella and
Dennis Miller in Damian 3 all averaging 42 knots through the Solent, approaching the Needles White
Migrant (right) suddenly vanished from the timesheets when leading, it was never clarified what the
cause was but she sank off the Needles. Lucan and co driver Bruce Campbell were rescued unharmed.

Lord Lucan Migrant1

In 1964 Lucan was back with one of the new Don Aronow Formula 233’s powered by a single 388hp
Daytona called "MIGRANT". He returned again with the same boat the following year but never
raced again. Lucan of course hit the news in 1975 following the murder of his children’s nanny and his
subsequent "disappearance"…Dr Emil Savundra…Boss of the Fire and Marine insurance
company entered the Cowes Torquay in 1962 with Jackie S powered by three Chrysler inboards. This Cyril
Hughes design was unusual in that there was no superstructure, the following year though he returned
with a cabin and wheelhouse and the hull stuffed full with 4 Jaguar engines totalling 1000hp. Jackie
had stability problems and the good Doctor’s boat first climbed on to the deck of Don Shead’s TRIDENT,
then proceeded to hit a small converted ships lifeboat called the Skipjack amidships, Skipjack sank
under the weight and all aboard scrambled onto Jackie. Once safely transferred Jackie set off again but
luck was not on the Doctor’s side as this time the Needles lighthouse was the target of her amorous
advances, luckily hitting the base at a mere 10mph and causing little damage to either party and retired.

1964 saw the Doctor return with a new Fred Cross design built by R.W.CLARK at Cowes, also called Jackie S
she was designed with a hull based on Flying Boat pontoon designs, extremely innovative but suffered
engine problems. 1965 and he is back again with Westlake built engines which again were temperamental
and consumed spark plugs at an alarming rate!, the original Jackie was also entered although not so
powerful these days. Neither finished… Next up was another JACKIE, Flying Jackie was built by Watermota
powered by Sea unicorns as the Doctor called his engines and there was also a Vosper design powered by
2 Daytona’s later to be called Flying Fish, BUT the Doctors finances were extremely shakey his business
was subsidising the boats and the ends did not meet. The collapse of FIRE and MARINE was one of the
biggest failures of the day and it was jail for fraud that beckoned the Doctor next not the sea…

Jackie Emil Savundra

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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.

2019 Poole Bay 100




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