DELTA 23 “Cristina”

DELTA 23 “Cristina”


There are boats and then there are boats! Mike went to the Southampton Boatshow in 2010 to view the current cabin style ribs in particular the Zodiac hoping that in a few years time after depreciation he might be looking to buy a good 2nd hand example… Mikes own words this is what happened next.

"I found many of the boats completely souless, including the Zodiac… then I saw the Levi Corsair in all its glory with its massive price tag! So I researched Levi, managed to buy both of his books (expensive, but still available in English from Italy) found the web site ‘Altomareblu’, and chatted to James. He mentioned the Delta 24 (as he called it back then) and I flew to Italy to view the boat, James collected me from the airport and I went to view the boat. I decided on that trip that the boat was needing too much work and maybe not as good condition as I wanted… I kept looking and also liked a Levi Parteno craft synthesis, a lovely boat and good value, but this sold before I could view. In the end I decided it would be nice to own a boat that I could tow and would make an interesting project. Money changed hands and two weeks before Christmas I decided to go to Italy to collect the boat. I needed a trailer quickly, ordered one on the Monday picked it up on the Thursday and drove to Italy on the Friday! Arrived in Latina Sunday evening, loaded the boat by lunchtime Monday and caught the ferry back to the UK on Wednesday morning, 2600 miles in total, an interesting drive!
The boat is currently in my garden and I need another frost to be able to bring it back to the front of the house as I have decided that I need to sub out some of the work in order for the project to be completed"!

Mike Collins

Refurbishment of Delta 23 "Cristina"







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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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