The Cowes-Torquay Winners 1981 to 1990

The Cowes-Torquay Winners 1981 to 1990

1981 ROMBO ALBERT SMANIA
38 FT CUV / SHEAD
2 X 650 HP MERCRUISER
TIME 4 HRS 30 MINS
SPEED 47.6 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 214 NM

Rombo

1982 ROTHMANS RENATO DELLA VALLE
38 FT CUV / SHEAD
2 X 650HP MERCRUISERS
TIME 3 HRS 8 MINS
SPEED 65.7 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 205.9 NM
NB RACE DID NOT GO TO TORQUAY

Rothmans

1983 EGO NOOXY RENATO DELLA VALLE
38 FT CUV / SHEAD
2 X 700HP MERCRUISERS
TIME 2HRS 23 MINS
SPEED 69 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 192 NM

Ego Nooxy

1984 CINZANO RENATO DELLA VALLE
38 FT CUV / SHEAD
2 X 700 CRUISEMASTERS
TIME 2 HRS 34 MINS
SPEED 76 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 195.5 NM

Cinzano

1985 CINZANO BIANCO RENATO DELLA VALLE
38FT CUV / SHEAD
2 X 720 HP LAMBORGHINI’S
TIME 3 HRS 43 MINS
RACE DISTANCE 234 NM
RACE IN 2 PARTS WITH 1 HR STOP TORQUAY

Cinzano

1986 OUTBOUND ROLLY GO LEN BYLOCK
46FT BUZZI MONO
4 IVECO DIESELS 4450 HP
TIME NA
SPEED NA
RACE DISTANCE 128.9 NM

Outbound Rolly Go

1986 RETURN NOOXY FRESH AND CLEAN GIOVANNA SPELTA
38 FT CUV / SHEAD
2 X 650HP ISOTTA FRANSCHINI DIESELS
TIME 3 HRS 9 MINS
SPEED 74.3 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 234 NM

Nooxy

1987 EUROMARCHE ROCKY J.P.FRUITIER
39 FT CONQUEST CAT
2 X 780 HP LAMBORGHINI’S
TIME 2 HRS 58 MINS (PLUS 1 HOUR STOP TORQUAY)
SPEED 79.3 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 128.9 NM OUT, 128.9 NM BACK

Euromarche Rocky

1988 CESA 1882 FABIO BUZZI
46 FT FB MARINE
4 X SEATEK TOTAL 4520 HP
TIME NA
SPEED 85 MPH
RACE DISTANCE NA

Cesa 1982

1989 GANCIA DE GANCIA STEPHANO CASIRAGHI
46 FT C&B/ F BUZZI
4 X SEATEK TOTAL 4520 HP
TIME 2 HRS 54 MINS
SPEED 80.2 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 203.4 NM

Gancia De Gancia

1990 ACHILLI MOTORI D ACHILLI
38FT STAIN CATAMARAN
2 X 880 HP LAMBORGHINI’S
TIME 2 HRS 26 MINS
SPEED 91 MPH
RACE DISTANCE 193.3 NM

Achilli Motori

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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

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