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Peedell’s Winning Return

John Moore on 25th June 2019

22 UKOPRA Class 3 boats competed in 3 subdivisions at the postponed Poole Bay 100 Offshore Powerboat race on Sunday, June 9th.

The 71.40 nm race was originally scheduled for Saturday, however, race Officer of the Day, Rory Power, received an horrendous weather forecast on the Friday and decided to postpone then.

It proved to be the correct call, as winds gusting up to storm force 9 lashed Poole Bay on the proposed race day.

Come Sunday the weather had calmed enough to run a full course.

Veteran, Brian Peedell (above) surprised himself on his return to offshore racing.

He felt that his Mannerfelt designed V24 would be no match against the more powerful boats in Class 3N, however, he and co-driver Andy Yeo put in a stunning race to beat off Paul Buckner and Stuart Unwin’s Mercury powered Pantera.

Reeder Is The Class of 3X

Graham Reeder with new co-driver Brett Croxson took the honours in Class 3X.

Mark and Andy Childs placed their Cougar mono second, whilst Vin Burdock and John Donnelly were back together racing their former Powerboat P1 Panther and they took a worthy third.

Dennis Clemson brought out an old Forgecraft hull and took 4th.

It’s Lovely Jubbly for Keast

With the final results only published today after a UKOPRA jury panel checked through tracking data and mark boat reports, teams from Guernsey excelled in the Poole Bay waters.

Gareth Keast and Dave Corbet drove their Argo cat to victory, with Frank Le Tissier and brother Pierre just behind in their Mannerfelt design winged mono.

Malcolm Dopson was racing a Phantom 19g for the first time and with Andy Hiscox, they rounded off the podium places.

The next round of the Class 3 UKOPRA World Championship will be in Guernsey on Saturday, July 6th.

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