The Cowes–Torquay Winners 1961 to 1970

The Cowes–Torquay Winners 1961 to 1970

1961-THUNDERBOLT TOMMY SOPWITH
25′ BRUCE CAMPBELL CHRISTINA / RAY HUNT
2 X 325 HP CADILLAC CRUSADERS
TIME ; 7 HRS 17 MINUTES
SPEED 24.5 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 156 NM

Thunderbolt

1962 TRAMONTANA JEFFREY QUILL
42 FT VOSPER/ Du CANN
2 X 1054 HP PETROL CRM’S
TIME ; 5 HRS 10 MINUTES
SPEED 36.8 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 170 NM

Tramontana

1963 A’SPERANZIELLA RENATO “SONNY” LEVI
30FT CANTIERI NAVAL TECHNICA / LEVI
2 X 400 FORD DEARBOURNE INTERCEPTORS
TIME ; 4 HRS 43 MINUTES
SPEED 40.8 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 167 NM

Levi

1964 SURFRIDER CHARLES and JIMMY GARDNER
31 FT BERTRAM / RAY HUNT
2 X 390 HP DAYTONA’S
TIME ; 3 HRS 52 MINUTES
SPEED 48.9 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 164 NM

Surfrider

1965 BRAVE MOPPIE DICK BERTRAM
38 FT BERTRAM SPECIAL / RAY HUNT
2 X 550 HP CUMMINS DIESELS
TIME ; 4 HRS 58 MINUTES
SPEED 40 MPH
RACE DISTANCE

Brave Moppie

1966 GHOST RIDER JIM WYNN
28 FT SOUTER / WYNN
2 X 500 HP DAYTONA’S
TIME ; 4 HRS 49 MINUTES
SPEED 41 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 172 NM

Ghost Rider

1967 SURFURY THE GARDNER BROTHERS
36 FT SOUTER / LEVI
2 X 525 HP TURBO CHARGED DAYTONA’S
TIME ; 3 HRS 44 MINUTES
SPEED 53 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 172 NM

Surfury

1968 TELSTAR TOMMY SOPWITH
25FT SOUTER / SHEAD
1 X DAYTONA 600HP
TIME ; 6HRS 1 MINUTES
SPEED 37 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 198.3 NM

Telstar

1969 THE CIGARETTE DON ARONOW
32 FT CARY /ARONOW
2 X 475 HP MERCRUISERS
TIME ; 3 HRS 33 MINUTES
SPEED 66 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 205 NM

The Cigarette

1970 MISS ENFIELD 2 TOMMY SOPWITH
33 FT ENFIELD MARINE / SHEAD
2 X 425 HP MERCRUISERS
TIME ; 4 HRS 2 MINUTES
SPEED 58.5 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 204 NM

Miss Enfield II

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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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