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16th July 2012 - New Website - It's true, we've started Blogging...

We now have a new website design and layout. Actually we've started 'blogging' and we want to shout about it !

Try our NEW SITE

You don't have to change anything, we're still here at and always will be.

You can save if you want to, a shortcut / favourite to our new website but that really isn't necessary, there's a new link above on the menu bar which will take you straight there, and once everyone is happy, we'll send you there by default.

There are lots of facinating stories and articles from a bygone era along with plenty of new ones emerging from current and recent restorations. They will ALL continue to be available from the site search boxes or the various menus and links.

Our new site will continue to produce regular news and posts so, take a look around, or comeback soon and see what we now have to offer.

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29th May 2012 - Safety Boat Appeal.

Mike Mantle, the 2012 Race Director for the three-race Cowes Classic Powerboat Race Event is appealing for safety boats for this year.

It is hoped that the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Race might be run on Friday 24th August, offering the possibility of starting off Cowes, as used to be the case for many years, in less crowded week-day conditions.

The Cowes 100 Race, & Cowes-Poole-Cowes races would both take place on Sunday, 26th August, starting off Hurst.

Safety Boats are especially needed on the Friday, to provide a safety corridor down the Solent, and if any Classic Powerboat owner with a suitable craft can offer his services, they will be gratefully welcomed.

Please contact Mike Mantle at: or on 07973 178 738.
as soon as you can.

29th May 2012 - Sad News for those who remember JACK LUSTED, Class 3 offshore Racer.

We are sad to report the passing of Jack Lusted ( Sorcerer Class 3 - No. 75 Jersey Cow ).

The funeral is on Monday, 11th June, at 2pm (1400hrs).
Harwood Park Crematorium,
Watton Road,
Stevenage, Herts.,

The family are looking for someone with a Thames based boat, who could assist in Jack's ashes being scattered from Putney Bridge.

If anyone can assist, please contact either Mike James, Commodore, or Martin Napier, Secretary.


Marathon Classes

1.    We are hoping to stage two Marathon races over the powerboat weekend:
       ·   The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race on Friday 24 August, and
       ·   The Cowes 100 race on Sunday 26 August

2.    As you are aware, the CTC event is already part of the RYA Marathon Championship series. The RYA has also confirmed that the Cowes 100 race (Cowes to Portland and back) will be added to this series.

3.    We are hoping to have the CTC race start just off Cowes. This is still in the planning stage but as the event will be held on Friday, rather than Sunday, this could play an important part in the final decision.

4.    The Cowes 100 start on Sunday morning, will be off North Head (as in 2010 and 2011).

5.    Scrutineering for CTC will take place on 22 and 23 August; drivers’ briefing will take place at 17.30 hrs on Thursday 23 August. Drivers’ briefing for the Cowes 100 will take place at 17.30 hrs on Saturday 25 August.

British Club Class Championship

6.    The Cowes-Poole-Cowes ‘club’ race will take place on Sunday 26 August, starting off North Head (as in 2010 and 2011).

7.    The RYA has confirmed that the Cowes-Poole-Cowes race will be added to the British Club Class Championship series.

8.    Scrutineering for the CPC will take place on 24 and 25 August; drivers’ briefing will take place at 17.30 hrs on Saturday 25 August.

Appeal for Safety Boats

9.    In order to get this race approved, we need a large fleet of safety boats. If you can help I would, of course, be delighted to hear from.


Mike Mantle
Race Director
Cowes Classic Powerboat Event 2012
Mobile:    +44 7973 17 87 38
Address:  Lake Farm, 147 Lake Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 4LQ

24th May 2012 - Another sad day for the sport !

Today 24th May we have learned that the very popular Class 3 racer and subsequently a much liked scrutineer, Jack (John) Lusted passed away on the 23rd of May. Jack will be remember for his Flying Sorcerer and Jersey Cow class 3 boats and the humour he brought to the sport! We would like to pass on our condolences to his family and especially his daughter Kim.

Flying Sorcerer Jersey Cow

Sorry we never found the "Cow" for you Jack, we will keep trying!
God Bless!
All at COPC

18th May 2012

Please note, our COPC Club constitution, as per the standard RYA format is available from our Membership page.

Click here to read more.

18th May 2012

Cowes to Monte-Carlo - Venture Cup - Powerboat Challenge 2012

Cowes to Monte-Carlo Powerboat Challenge 2013

Would all members please note that the race organisers have issued a request for safety boats for the Solent area in particular the area from Cowes to Hurst.
Would anyone able to offer their services please in the first instance register their intent with Mike Lloyd at

and remember, 2 of our own club members are participating in the race, so please consider being there to support them on this unique adventure!

12th May 2012

Further sad news reaches us today (Saturday 12th May), that offshore racing has suffered another loss.

We are sad to record that ROY BUNDLE, an ever-present safety-boat owner in his RIB "Hurry On", passed away on Thursday evening (10th May), in hospital in Kings Lynn.

Roy & his wife Irene were ever present as safety cover in offshore races from the 1980's until quite recently. Roy had also provided cover for P1 Superstock races upto last year.

C.O.P.C. sends condolences to Roy's widow Irene, and their family in this sad loss.

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25th April 2012

We regret to note that TOM CRUMP, who was for several years, Chair of the Motor Boat Committee at The RMYC, passed away in hospital, earlier this week.

COPC pass on condolences to all of Tom's family at this sad time, and wish to acknowledge all the work that Tom and his family put into Powerboat Racing.

19th April 2012 - History - MBY's Cowes-Torquay Albums from 1965, 1966 & 1967

Presented to the late Peter Twiss by the Editor of Motor Boat & Yachting.

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18th April 2012


By Martin Napier.

The Clubs AGM was held, for the second year, at The Abbey Hotel, in Romsey, Hampshire.

The attendance was two up on last year, and we were pleased to welcome members and friends old and new.

We were saddened by the decision of John.A.Iddon, son of Club Founder John.K.Iddon,  not to stand again for the club committee, but when the time came for election of Officers and Committee, we were pleased to welcome Grant Harrison onto the committee, to fill the vacancy thus created.

Your Officers and Committee for the year 2012 / 13 are as follows:

Commodore - Mike James.
Vice Commodore - Ian Swinney.
Secretary - Martin Napier.
Committee Members - John.K.Iddon,(Club Founder),  Ben Curtis,  Grant Harrison,  Paul Hooper,  Charles Lawrence.

Under  'Any Other Business'  we asked the members attending on their ideas for how the club should move forward, and of course, gain more members and publicity.

Among ideas raised were having a stall at The Beaulieu Boat Jumble, Having a presence at either The Goodwood Festival of Speed, or The Goodwood Revival Meeting; and the use of social media websites.

The meeting concluded with discussions on improving our website, and then we were treated to viewing race films, including the famous 1966 Cowes - Torquay, commentated by its winner,  the late Jim Wynne.

While the club is still small, we have a nucleus of very keen members, who want to "Preserve the Past for The Future", and can I, as secretary, invite any members who have positive ideas to put forward, to e-mail me at:

10th April 2012 - Condolences to all Clive Curtis' family and friends

Following the news of the loss of powerboat pioneer Clive Curtis a the age of 78, It seemed appropriate to print the following interview as a reminder of his massive input to the powerboating world.

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15th March 2012 - For Sale - "CHRISTINA" a rare Italian built LEVI DESIGNED cruiser

She has been fully and professionally restored and represents an exceptional opportunity for an historic boat enthusiast.

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15th March 2012 - For Sale - "Ja-Conja"

An opportunity to purchase an exceptionally rare and desirable cruiser with Cowes Torquay history

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1st March 2012 - Condolences to all Alan Burnard's family and friends

It is with deep sadness we have to inform you that ALAN BURNARD passed away in his sleep on the 29th of February.

The committee and members of COPC would like to pass on their condolences to all Alan's family and friends Such a sad loss for all the boating community and especially the Fairey Owners Club.

27th February 2012 - Attention all Members

Apache 1979 Apache / HTS - Cowes to Monte-Carlo - 2013

Following on from the news that club member Nick Wilkinson has purchased Apache/HTS from David Hagan, comes the even more exciting news that Nick has entered her in the 2013 Cowes Monte-Carlo Marathon.

Those of you who have seen the latest RACEBOAT MAGAZINE will have read the article about her history...that is now also on COPC web site as well and we would like to wish Nick every success with this venture and offer him the clubs wholehearted support.


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25th February 2012 - History - Designer - Alan V. Burnard

Huntsman H23 H28 Line Profile - Courtesy of Charles Lawrence

Wondering about which direction next for COPC, and spent a happy morning going through the website.
I thought that I should make a contribution, so here is one for the designers page:

best wishes,

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22nd February 2012 - BREAKING NEWS >updated 13/03/2012<

It appears that "Giovanna" Ron Watts´ Christina / Halmatic raceboat has been located.
More news as we receive it.

Giovanna - 1967
Giovanna - 1967

This is "GIOVANNA" today, now owned by Mr Cooke and he is looking for her history as to where she has been for the past 40 odd years.

Giovanna - For Sale - Feb 2012

14th February 2012 - NOTIFICATION OF 2012 AGM

Would all members please note that the AGM will be held on;




SO51 8BT

All members are cordially invited and we would welcome any friends or guests who share a love of Classic Offshore to attend also.
We will be again showing many old films and hopefully some unseen footage of the early years.
Coffee will be served.
Good quality bar snacks and food are available to order.

Mike James

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13th February 2012 - 2012 Classic Rally

Please check out the advance details for the 2012 Classic Rally
Mike James

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2nd February 2012 - South African Offshore

Motor Boat and Yachting - 19th September 1969 - Race Report - Round the Isle of Wight in under an hour. Miss Enfield wins the Bollinger Goblet - Report by Ray Bulman

Read the facinating history of the South African Offshore races. An interesting article by Tony Needell about the South African Offshore scene and a Ray Bulman´s report featuring Meteor 3.
Mike James

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13th December 2011

HTS (1969) - Wishing all COPC Members a very Happy Christmas

So another year comes to a rapid end, yet what a year !

29 Classic craft arrived at Cowes for the 2nd Classic Rally with others turned away due to lack of space, whilst earlier in the year 8 assorted classics attended the Sportsboat Show in May.

The year saw several major winners change hands with Miss Enfield 2 going to Italy for restoration and another Shead design the highly successful HTS/APACHE being sold to club member Nick Wilkinson, with her restoration underway. Lets hope she appears in the summer and is able to attend the 3rd Classic Rally.

2012 despite the economic situation will hopefully prove to be even better with more names from the past returning to the scene... be sure that we will be first with any news and do not forget that the Sonny Levi Trophy will be up for grabs come May. Also... any suggested nominees would be considered, please let me know if you have any ideas.

In the meantime, I would like on behalf of the Committee to wish everyone a very happy and successful New Year.


10th November 2011 - HELP !

Mrs Wompy Click on the Picture above to enlarge

Can anyone out there identify;

    A. the boat or the maker ?
    B. the area ?
    C. the year ?

Any ideas or information will be gratefully passed on to the enquirer.

4th November 2011 - Restoration "Pegasus" - by David Heffer

More pictures from David Heffer who is restoring the original Pegasus, as you can see it is a major rebuild !

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31st October 2011 - Attention anyone with a Cox and Haswell designed cruiser

There is now a website for your craft, see the navigation links at the bottom of our website, or...

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8th September 2011 - "One weekend in August...." - by Charles Lawrence

Charles Lawrence has produced a pdf of the Cows Classic Powerboat Rally 2011

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8th September 2011 - For Sale - The 25ft Christina "Contango A"

In 1961 the first Cowes Torquay Powerboat race featured 4 boats from the Bruce Campbell yard at Hamble and included Contango A no 5 driven by P.Raymond...

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1st September 2011 - For Sale - "GRASSHOPPER"

Originally built in 1969 for the Finance Director of Souters Cowes using the famous Souter cold moulding process she is obviously a Ray Hunt design and appears in hull profile to be a smaller version of Sir Max Aitkens "Gypsy Girl"...

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