The Lost History

The Lost History

A catalogue of famous names destroyed never to be seen again.

SPIRIT OF ECSTACY
Owned by Steve Macey, Spirit was a 40ft Dorset Lake designed by ARTHUR HAGG and was powered by 2 Rolls Royce Diesels totalling 900 hp. One of the most beautiful boats of the Cruiser class. She was always there at the finish and came 2nd to Ghost Rider in 1966. Cut up after being left in a Spanish compound for 10 years.

Spirit of Ecstacy
SPIRIT OF ECSTACY Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.
GYPSY GIRL
Owned by Sir Max Aitken. GG was one of the many boats Sir Max, the founder of the Cowes Torquay, campaigned in the 60’s. She was designed by Ray Hunt and built by Souters. Power was by 2 Cummins diesels. Destroyed by Gibraltar authorities after being used for smuggling.

Gypsy Girl

GYPSY GIRL Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.
BLUE MOPPIE

Dick Bertram and Sam Griffiths entry in the 1962 Cowes Torquay, later raced by Keith Schellenberg and Bill Shand-Kydd. Another Ray Hunt design from the Bertram stable was powered by 2 Holman Moody Fords totalling 800hp ,finished 2nd to Tramontana in the 1962 race.
Currently the hull is at the Basildon Powerboat museum after spending countless years in the open. Supposedly being turned into a picnic shelter ! COME ON YOU GUYS THIS IS JUST NOT ON!!!!

Blue Moppie
BLUE MOPPIE Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.
MISS EMBASSY
Tommy Sopwiths experimental Gas Turbine powered Planatec 40ft Shead again another victim of smugglers, destroyed in Gibraltar.
Miss Embassy
MISS EMBASSY Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.
MERRY GO ROUND/ THUNDERFISH

Built on the plug of Surfury for Max Aitken to Sonny Levi’s design she was originally built to break the diesel record with Cummins Diesels, which she did on Southampton water, was then shipped to Miami for the Miami Nassau race but was dropped on the docks. On her return to GB she was sold to Albert Figgins and Don Shead, re-engined with Turbo Charged Daytona’s rated at 500hp each ….She unfortunately caught fire after a prop shaft sheared and speared the hull off the Nab Tower setting the petrol tanks alight. She burnt to the waterline, all crew were safe and Mr Figgins had the nose cone turned into a cocktail cabinet after it was found later in the year.

Thunderfish
THUNDERFISH Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.
GEE
The original Gee built for Edward Greenall of the Brewing family by Souters was designed by Jim Wynn based on Ghost Riders Hull shape and was last seen by the author this year (2007) in Cowes. The second Gee was an aluminium Shead design and was later owned by Henry Hector. The boat was confiscated by the Gibraltar’s Customs and Excise department after being used for drug running and subsequently destroyed.

Gee 2

GEE 2 Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.
FLYING FISH
During the 60’s a colourful character of Sri Lankan descent named Dr Savandra built several boats with the name JACKIE, after his daughter. Just before the crash of his Fire & Marine Insurance Company he had commissioned Vosper’s to build an aluminium racer powered by 2 Daytona Turbo’s with structural input from Mitsubishi no less. The boat took part in the 1966 Cowes Torquay and was leading when off Portland Bill they hit a large submerged object which ripped the seams apart…..Mike Trimming was driving on behalf of the new owner , his name ALBERT FIGGINS , it does seem that lightning does strike twice and Mr H was once again rescued from his sinking craft. Navy divers found the wreck some years later but she was never recovered.
Flying Fish
FLYING FISH Photo courtesy Graham Stevens.

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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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