The Morgan Giles – Monaco’s

The Morgan Giles – Monaco’s

Morgan Giles Ltd were one of the South Coast’s major boat builders, based in Teignmouth Devon. They were primarily known for their beautiful sailing boats but during WW2 were contracted by the MOD and Vosper to build patrol boats and in the mid 1950’s production began of a range of Motor Cruisers 36ft to 50ft in length.

The craft they built were substantial and were probably equivalent to a Rolls Royce of the sea. When the first Cowes Torquay was announced Captain Morgan Giles entered of his craft….Monaco Fortuna a 33 footer which finished 7th overall. In 1962, 2 craft were entered Monaco Midget and Monaco Selene, the Midget hit a railway sleeper off Weymouth and retired. In 1963 3 boats were entered and 2 started Monaco Mercury and Meteor and Monaco Susan. Monaco Mercury finshed tenth and Meteor in 20th place

1963 Monaco Mercury (Number 11)

The boat pictured here is Monaco Mercury from 1963 specially designed for the race notice the cut down cabin, aft mounted helm and the Deep V type hull with spray rails, a big departure from the original Monaco design

For more history and information visit the club web site at

1963 Monaco Mercury (Number 11)

Racing Monaco’s Update

Subsequent to the pictures of Monaco Meteor we have now some more rare photographs of firstly Monaco Fortuna in the 1961 race (no 12)

Monaco - Fortuna in the 1961 Cowes Torquay Race (Race number 12)

And even more dramatic pictures of Monaco Mutineer schedule to race in 1962 but which caught fire on her way to Cowes!

Monaco - Mutineer scheduled to race in 1962 but which caught fire on her way to Cowes!

She was subsequently replaced in the race by Monaco Selene which had just been delivered to her new owners. They graciously allowed her to be raced in Mutineers place.

Monaco - Selene, graciously allowed her to be raced in Mutineers place.

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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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