Dear Members we have again been invited by the Royal Motor Yacht Club to hold a Summer Meeting at their Sandbanks premises…..those of you who attended the last meeting there will remember what a stunning location it is and that a superb weekend was had by all….
The date is the 2nd and 3rd of June and will again include a Trophy Dinner in the Clubroom….there is limited accommodation
available and full details will be posted shortly….Mike

Classic Rally Weekend

As usual Ben Curtis and Paul Hooper have triumphed again in staging this years Rally at Cowes Yacht Haven……surrounded by competitors in the Cowes Torquay ! in which COPC as a club had 4 members competing!

The event started in overcast conditions and a chill wind….with a very entertaining BBQ inside the comfort of the Cowes Haven premises….late arrival THUNDERBOLT and her crew tied up in darkness were soon tucking in to Burgers, wine etc…to overcome their little hiccup of petrol in the bilges, blocked carbs and a transit of the Solent in the dusk at 6 knots!  Alongside the Haven on the hard was a small display by the CMBA and after their weekends experiences they could well be planning a larger invasion next year.

Barry Sales had arranged on Saturday for some unique filming using a drone!…so the Solent on Saturday was being ripped up by various Huntsmen, Christina and Levi’s including Adrian Motts TRIPLE ENGINE RIVA 2000 plus John Trafford in his recent acquisition a 32knot Cleopatra!  The results of this escapade will be seen on video once it has been mastered.

Once playtime was over the craft motored back to the Folly for a well deserved lunch then back to the pontoons for more Powerboat gazing and trying to assist Robin Ward with his scrutineering problems!  He passed by the skin of his teeth with assistance from another club member Ian Toll..a renowned racer of old!

Dockside a certain Clive Baker was entertaining guest’s from the back of his giant red US Ford truck to which was coupled a matching Dowty Turbojet speedboat circa mid 60′s!….as that party wrapped up Ben’s Pimms Party sprung into life which I had to miss as the BPRC Cocktail Party was my destination…The COPC …Sonny Levi Trophy was being presented to the Race organising team head by  ROB ANDREWS. it was through their efforts that the CTC was now starting on the Squadron line and had raised its profile another notch hopefully paving the way for more advances next year.

By the time that was sorted, a hop step and jump away the Rally dinner was already starting up the road and was heavily oversubscribed leading to 2 dinning rooms but a fantastic evening was had by all…..as the rather tired faces proved next morning!

and would you believe it Sunday dawned flat calm and in brilliant sunshine! Many of the Rally entrants were also acting as Safety Boats and departed the Haven accompanied by the CT AND CPC race entrants…as I said we had 5 members racing Robin Ward in THUNDERSTREAK,  Brian Pelham in The BEAVER, Nick Wilkinson Jonathan Napier in HTS..MR NOISY with Tony Hamilton and Christian Toll, Mike Peet and Mike Bontoft in Dry Martini the 42yr old Cigarette!

The START LINE SPECTACULAR, which included a mock start after  by the classic’s made superb viewing for spectators nad in those conditions records were there to be broken…and boats! Thunderstreak lost a vee drive in Bournemouth bay, HTS a prop after hitting an object….The BEAVER broke down in the CPC race as did Mr Noisy but Dry Martini showed that even calm conditions could work for her clocking nearly 70mph before having to circle in Torbay for 25 mins so as not to be penalised by the ridiculous 50mph max for historic entrants…taking the THUNDERBOLT Trophy and the Lombard Concours d’Elegance….wIinning boat Martini Rosso with David Gandy as crew came back from Torquay in an hour hitting 120mph in the Solent approaches!

 Once again our many thanks to the Classic Rally and Cowes Classic organisers for a magnificent weekend of Sport and entertainment.

Pictures courtesy of Dave Ormiston, Malc Attrill, Barry Sales


Cowes Classic Rally 2014

Details of this years COWES CLASSIC RALLY were released this weekend and as usual Paul Hooper and Ben Curtis have put together another spectacular week-end for owners and supporters of  ”Classic Powerboats”……plus the chance to support the Historic entrants in the world famous Cowes Classic Powerboat Race on Sunday the 31st.

There is a 90% possibility that last years attendance figures will be broken judging by the number of new restorations nearing completion plus the discovery and purchase of some very rare craft including a Pacemaker 29! …in the CTC race veteran HTS will have a fight on her hands from Robin Ward’s Bertram 31 “Thunderstreak”, newly restored for competition,  whilst the Haven will witness the reunion of not one but 3 of Tommy Sopwith’s raceboats! with maybe a few suprise entries.

Members of the CMBA will also be bringing some rare speedboats and runabouts for display alongside their bigger sisters.

For full details go to info@powerboatrally.com  




COPC May Rally

Classic Offshore are pleased to announce the “MAY RALLY” which we hope will become a yearly fixture..the dates are 9th 10th and 11th of May and the first will be based in COWES. 

The main event day will be Saturday the 10th and includes the CLASSIC MOTORBOAT MUSEUM…with buffet lunch. In the evening join us for dinner with special guest Club President RAY BULMAN who will enthral and entertain diners with stories from his vast knowledge of the sports history.

We look forward to welcoming all club members and friends plus the event is also open to non members. Bring your boat or arrive by ferry, full entry form will go online in the next 24hrs.

Weekend Cost £45.00 plus £10 surcharge for non members or Museum Visit and buffet only £20…. for those intending to arrive by boat arrangements have been made with the Cowes Yacht Haven.