Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

25ft Bertram Cruiser

Original engine 310hp Mercruiser Inboard/outboard

Raced by Charles de Selincourt 1963 onward.

The arrival of Dick Bertram with Glass Moppie and YOYO for the 1961, then Blue Moppie and YOYO 2 for the 1962 Daily Express Cowes Torquay powerboat races stimulated great interest in the Bertram built, Ray Hunt designed cruisers within the racing fraternity.

Nelson Yachts had been appointed British importers and ’63 saw the Cowes race with no less than 8 of these American built cruisers entered 5 31’s and 3 25’s , one of these craft was the standard production cruiser Paper Tiger in her vivid Yellow and White colours being raced by Charles de Selincourt who went on to gain fame as Tommy Sopwith’s navigator in later years.

Paper Tiger was raced for the next 5 years and then vanished as do most race craft, being a true cruiser she probably led a happy life somewhere and it would be interesting to know where!.

Fast forward to 2008 and what appears on ebay, Paper Tiger looking in a very sorry and tired state with some ungainly additions in the form of an extended pulpit, bathing platform and tuna tower!!!!!!

Several people were interested in acquiring her but once they found out that the internal foam coring of the cockpit floor and side decks had degenerated, were put off. After several appearances on ebay one brave soul bought her Ian Saunders of Romsey Hants, who was already three quarters of the way through restoration of a Bertram 31 but that is another story.

Tiger was brought back to Hampshire on the back of a low loader as her road trailer had seen far better days and was in a worse state than her. As can be seen from the accompanying photos Ian has attacked the job in hand with vigour and hopes to have her back on the water for early Summer 2010 just in time for the 50th anniversary of the CT.

I have been assured, by Ian, she will be restored to her original glory and he is looking forward to entering some Classic Races with what will be a very reliable offshore cruiser of proven history.

Mike James


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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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