Race Report / Sunday 10 September

The cool northerly wind did little to bring the temperature down on the final race meeting of the 2019 Season as a record six classes of boats entered the historical "Battle of Britain" event.

Everything was there to prove that the UK's top Powerboat Racing Club and Venue is flying the flag for the sport's future into 2020. Fabulous "photo finishes"in several classes, outstanding individual performances from OSY400 Hydro Champion Daniel Drake, a record four family members competing as Jon Haylock joined his three youngsters in the GT class, fantastic high speed laps as the Formula 2 catamarans took a rare opportunity to use the longer North bay "dog-leg" course catapulting them down to the finish line out of the sun and drivers from 9 years old to almost 80

Special mention goes to the Rescue teams and Divers who were able to safely recover Vice Commodore Brian Shulver  and Glen Doddington from their unavoidable Wherry Buoy incident bringing them safely to shore, unharmed.  

 

 A good field of Formula 2 boats entertained as only they can with local drivers fighting the onslaught of the visiting higher powered Optimax engined craft. There was a warm welcome for 2019 new driver Colin Stewart returning in the ex "Wigg Team" boat following the demise of his previous boat and having taken second place he thanked all concerned who had worked all hours to get him back on the water, managing to hold off the challenge of Leon Wigg in third. The Battle of Britain "Spitfire" Trophy was presented to Stalwart driver Ray Birnie who's boat seemed to excel on the longer course, a fitting end of season win for the team.

 

A mixed class of Sportsboats took to the water as two Phantom monohulls an HR850 and a Formula 4 fought for the Lord Louis Mountbatten Trophy resulting in twists and turns as the heats progressed leaving the catamarans of Harvey Smith and Brian Block to share joint second position with Richard Gibbs lifting the cup.

 

Nine Yamato OSY400 Hydroplanes raced for both the Rex King and the Mick Pentney Memorial Trophy with from pontoon and handicap starts producing highly competitive racing from both the "top guns" and the rest of the field with an amazing duplicate podium result for both events, unusual, as the different starts look for varying driving styles and the northerly wind cutting across the broad at the east end buoy causing problems as it chopped up the surface. It was really great to see the return of Wayne Moyse following his serious racing incident in Sweden and he pushed hard for position, almost making the podium as did Sean Woods but the Scott Builders duo of Scott Goodings and Jamie Marr had to settle for third and second places, a fine result for Scott in his first full season. 2019 is a year to remember for the the Excel Paint Finish/ Lowestoft Lambretta Works driver Daniel Drake, he set himself the task of taking on the "best" and did it in grand style with two podium first places and the trophies.

 

Ten GT Class boats meant that the 15hp 9-14 year olds and 30hp 16 plus could run separately resulting in some interesting racing again for Battle of Britain Trophies. New GT15 drivers Gracie-Mae Sampson and Abbie Haylock continued their season long competition with their different driving styles as Abbie squeezed into second, separated by just 4 points ahead of Gracie-Mae but consistent driving gave birthday boy, Jamie Atlee first place.

GT30 novice Jon Haylock coped well with his first ever competitive drive, the Oulton Broad Watersports team leader managed to hold off the challenge of daughter Jessica and take joint first place with Steve Olney.

John Soanes

Racing on Oulton Broad - the world's oldest motorboat racing venue