AVENGER 34…relisting

AVENGER 34 ….back on the market…Russell Attwood has advised that she is now for sale…..

Due to health reasons, my Dad has decided to sell ‘Iban’, the Avenger 34. It is £1700 including its original three large fuel tanks and stainless pull pit that have been located. There are a pair of Ford Sabre diesel engines and TRS drives with Borg Warner gearboxes that can be bought by separate negotiation. She was originally fitted with TRS drives.

She was the 1971 London Boat show exhibit on the Avenger stand. One of only six built and the only one that was never raced. I really hope she goes to a good home and gets restored back to her former glory!

Please contact COPC and enquiries will be forwarded…

RYA AWARDS John Iddon honoured…

To all COPC member please see the following information re the RYA Awards Event in Southampton…and the offer given to club members… The Event will be used by the RYA to remember John Iddon our founder with a special award …..
From Jeni Jelf…RYA….
If you or anyone else from the COPC would like to also attend the dinner attend the dinner, tickets are still available. They are normally priced at £65.00 but due to the connection with John Iddon, we are in a position to reduce that price to £55.00 a ticket for COPC members or friends of John. If you are interested, please contact Natalia directly on 02380604240 to make the booking.

The RYA Powerboat Racing Department is pleased to welcome you to the annual awards ceremony, the most prestigious event in the British Powerboat Racing calendar. This is a fantastic opportunity for teams and clubs alike to come together and celebrate the achievements of the past season. The awards ceremony will take place in the Normandie Suite at the Novotel Hotel Southampton, which includes a formal 3 course meal.
RYA Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony
Saturday 3rd February 2018

We are offering a discount on the ticket fee if booked before Friday 8th December 17 which will be £65 per head (£75 after 08/12/2017) and special rate for children under 12 at £40. The ticket price includes entertainment and there will be two complimentary bottles of wine on each dining table. Dinner ticket order sheet enclosed, which will need to be returned promptly to guarantee your reservation.
We will meet at 18.00 hours in the hotel bar for a drinks reception, leading to the Normandie Suite for the awards ceremony to start at 19.00
The Dress code will be formal jackets for men and full or cocktail dress for ladies.
The RYA have set aside rooms at the Novotel Southampton with standard and double room occupancy at very reasonable rates, you may also upgrade your room if you wish, please arrange all hotel bookings with the hotel direct which can be done calling 02380 330550 or online http://www.accorhotels.com/…/owm007270-001-rya-powerboat-ra…
RYA Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony
Saturday 3rd February 2018

Stay at Novotel Southampton for The RYA Powerboat Racing Awards Ceremony


Dear Members and friends 

You have probably all heard by now of the sad passing of our founder John Iddon….without whose foresight our club would not have come into existence.. John was adamant that the club would lead the way back to powerboating as we knew it in the 60′s 70′s and 80′s…with friendship and sportsmanship at its heart…how sad that just recently his wish seems to be on the verge of becoming fact again…..John was powerboating …he built them , raced them and scrutineered them .  He knew the sport inside out …one of the back room boys so often overlooked…we have lost a good friend and mentor…


The Late John.K.Iddon.
As many of you will have heard, John Iddon passed away last Sunday morning, 5th November, peacefully at home, aged 90.
I now have details for his funeral, which will take place on WEDNESDAY, 6th DECEMBER at 1245hours.
The Funeral is to be at The East Hampstead Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride (B3430), WOKINGHAM, RG40 3DW
Following the cremation, the wake will be held nearby at East Hampstead Conference Centre, off Peacock Lane, WOKINGHAM,
RG40 3DF
 All are welcome …lets give him a hero’s farewell…
Mike James
Vice President  COPC


A unique one off …THE MANTA 41


This boat is available for immediate disposal at an asking price of £27,000.00 ovno

BUILT IN  KEVLAR she has a twin berth cuddy + heads.and would be ideal as a spectator boat or fast dive boat…even as a corporate event craft….

she comes complete with engines but will need new drives and a full renovation all genuine enquiries please through the club secretary and we will put you in touch with the Isle of Wight based vendor….

Renato (Sonny) Levi.

Renato Levi, known to all as Sonny, was born in Karachi, India in 1926.
His father ran a shipyard in Bombay(now Mumbai), so Sonny naturally took an
early interest in boats & ships.

Sonny became an apprentice in his fathers shipyard in Bombay, but with the coming of World War 2, he joined the RAF, becoming a Pilot Officer. No doubt his interest not only in boats but also aircraft was heightened by this part of his life.

Sonny became primarily interested in marine design, especially in relation to smaller, fast craft, and the ability of such craft to withstand the varieties of sea conditions often encountered. He designed craft for his fathers yard during the 1950’s, but moved to Italy in 1960. In Italy, Sonny managed Cantiere Navaltecnica (Canav), in Anzio.

No one of a certain age can forget “A’Speranziella”, built by Canav to Sonny’s design for the 1961 Cowes-Torquay Race. She finished sixth, after experiencing mechanical problems, but had led the race for a considerable distance, dueling with the eventual winner “Thunderbolt”.

After partially re-building the boat in light of the experiences of 1961, success dawned with a win in the 1962 Viareggio-Bastia Race. Further developments resulted in great success with “A’Speranziella” winning the 1963 Cowes-Torquay Race.

Sonny became a world renowned designer of fast craft largely as a result of these successes, and the many fast craft he designed culminated in the 1965 launch of
“Surfury”, often thought of as one of Sonny’s most memorable designs. This boat
made a name for herself, winning Cowes-Torquay in 1967. “Surfury” was the first of Sonny’s much lauded Delta designs.

This success brought more commissions, and Levi designs were sought world wide,
where fast sea-going boats were needed.

In the 1980’s, Richard Branson commissioned Sonny to design “Virgin Atlantic
Challenger II”, which was successful in recording the then fastest trans-Atlantic crossing, despite contaminated fuel issues en route. This famous boat was certainly a fabulous marker in Sonny’s career. “VAC II” not only had its design by Sonny, but also the Levi Drive system too.

Developments in high speed propeller and drive systems have been part of Sonny’s
great contribution to fast boat development over the last forty or more years.

Martin Napier