STEWART RAE reports on the AA to D Class event held at Penzance
Some competitors make a long weekend of it staying at a local hotel near the harbour, but me? Well, Im as daft as a brush because I travel there and back in one day. I get up at 3 am, collect my mate Andy Rennie from Coventry at 4.30 am, set the auto pilot for Penzance and off we go. Barring any hold ups we pull into the petrol station on the outskirts of Penzance at 9.00am to fill up ready for the journey home.
The clocks went back an hour last night, so was the tide late or were we early - who knows? Anyway OOD Nigel Bedford promised us that the water was on its way and when the tide comes in at Penzance it does not take very long at all to fill the harbour and by 11.00 oclock there was plenty of the wet stuff to float our boats. So we had about an hour to spare and with rumours abounding that petrolhead Tony Gilder was running a nitro boat at this event, we headed for the harbour café for a well earned and rather yummy breakfast.
Nigel decided that as time was short he would run just four forty minute races which meant mixing most of the classes with the exception of the D Class. Race order then was: Race One, three AA and three A Class boats: Race Two, two A and four B Class boats: Race Three, two B and five C Class boats and finally for Race Four, ten (yes ten) D Class boats.
The three A Class boats in this race saw a first place for the already crowned champion Luke Copley, running his ever reliable Challenger 48 CMB 45 Evo 2 taking 92 laps from the forty minutes. Bernard Holder kept his cool after an off to change a plug in his CMB 45 powered Crusader II to take 72 laps and third place, OOD Nigel popped up in fourth on 52 laps with his Crusader II also sporting a CMB 45.
Young lady driver Pippa Locke took another second place in A Class, this time with her Crusader II running an Irvine 46 engine taking 80 laps. Irvine engines are classed as Sport engines and are not as powerful as the CMBs, so this was an excellent result for Pippa. Andy Rennie could only manage 16 laps with his Crusader II CMB 45 Evo suffering from lack of engine power - still he has all winter to sort it ready for the 2009 season.
Part of the way through this race the rescue had to intervene as Buoy No.2 tried to make its escape drifting towards the harbour entrance (it was probably fed up with all the knocks it had taken from close running boats). It was quite amusing watching all the boats go further out to sea, their drivers not wanting to attract a penalty for failing to round the marker buoy! Bernard Holder had another off in this race to replace a damaged rudder on his Magnum CMB 67. A very quick repair saw him return to take 82 laps and second place, Alan Kingsley-Dobson took just 16 laps and sixth place after engine problems with his OPS 65 powered Warhawk.
Time for lunch then! A few competitors made use of the lunch break free time by running and testing their boats. John Smiths bright orange Riptide made the most of the break. The Riptide is a bit on the nippy side if you check the pictures.
Another competitor to set a blistering pace was Nigel Bedford driving his Ocean 52 CMB 91 RS, but he had a few offs as well, but managed to secure third place with his 49 lap total. Racers came away from that race saying it was getting a bit lumpy out near the harbour entrance, but in fact it looked a bit lumpy around 90% of the course if the truth were known!
Many thanks to OOD Nigel Bedford and thanks also to Justin Copeland and his mate for manning the rescue boat for most of the day and to the various lap scorers who helped out.
Concours dElegance was awarded to Justin Copeland for his immaculately turned out Riptide Zenoah 26.
Most sane people would have thrown that Magnum hull in the bin, but not our Danny. Off it went to be repaired by its creator Bernard Holder, who did some really nice quality repair work.
1 Tony Gilder Titan Nova 12 68
2 Pippa Locke Sea Spirit II Force 21 65
Andy Rennie Crusader III CMB 21 Disq*
1 Luke Copley Challenger 48 CMB 45 92
2 Pippa Locke Crusader II Irvine 46 80
3 Bernard Holder Crusader II CMB 45 72
4 Nigel Bedford Crusader II CMB 45 54
5 Andy Rennie Crusader II CMB 45 16
1 Richard Haydock Warhawk CMB 67 103.2
2 Bernard Holder Magnum CMB 67 82
3 Andy Rennie Magnum CMB 67 73
4 Mark Copley Apache 50 CMB 67 66
5 J.K. Dobson Warhawk CMB 67 34
6 A.K. Dobson Warhawk OPS 65 16
1 Bernard Holder Magnum CMB 90 101
2 Mark Copley Phantom 145 CMB 91 97
3 Nigel Bedford Ocean 52 CMB 91 49
4 Richard Haydock Phantom 145 CMB 91 47
5 Mark Sneap ?????? ?????? 25
1 Tony Gilder Pacer RCMK 26 103.2
2 Simon Beament Makara Zenoah 26 97
3 Gary Darch Phantom 145 Blatta 40 92
4 John Smith Stealth 57 RCMK 26 79
5 Stewart Rae Apache Sikk 26 56
6 Justin Copeland Riptide Zenoah 26 55
7 Phil Locke Spirit of South Zenoah 26 52
8 Dennis Wherlock Apache RCMK 26 23
9 Dave Hall Spirit of Norway Mathe 35 21
10 Dave Palmer ?????? Mathe 35 8
Disq* = Disqualified for contact with rescue boat
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