Exciting conclusion to Thursday evening powerboat action on Oulton Broad

PUBLISHED: 08:36 25 August 2017

Action from the final Thursday meeting of the year at Oulton Broad. Picture: Paul Breach

Action from the final Thursday meeting of the year at Oulton Broad. Picture: Paul Breach

Paul Breach

A sunny evening, not too much wind and water conditions just rough enough to make it interesting brought the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club’s Thursday evenings events for 2017 to a close.

Because of three aborted meetings due to adverse weather there were trophies left outstanding commemorating the lives of three legends of club, Alan Derby, Bob Spalding and the all-time lap record holder on the broad Tom Percival.

A depleted field of GT Monohulls due to the previous week’s incidents meant that newcomer Dave Moore had less competition in his first competition. He had taken part in the club’s training programme so his daughter decided to treat him to an evening of racing as a birthday present.

Vastly more experienced Thomas Mantripp uncharacteristically started earlier than his handicap time, only to miss the turn at the buoy during the heats and had to settle for second place.

The Oulton Broad Motel Trophy was won by a brave Joseph Haylock who was driving his sister’s boat. He showed a great deal of grit to return to the water and his consistent performance paid off.

Sportsboats started with two Catamarans and the Monohulls of Tim Lewis and Peter Rix more suited to the conditions. Gremlin bugged Tim Lewis managed just two heats so the course was clear for fast F2 of Ray Birnie to set up some fast times but he was pipped by only four points to receive the Tom Percival Trophy in second place with Rix awarded the Bob Spalding Trophy and the ‘driver of the evening’ prize.

Nine Hydroplanes, once again the mainstay of club racing this year, put on an excellent show as ever, joined by Jamie Ayers for an outing having last raced some years ago.

The crowd pleasing Racing Hydro of Wayne Turner suffered from misfire problems but despite finishing ninth in the first heat was still able to claim third place overall despite giving as much as three laps start to slower boats in the six lap race.

The clubhouse was full to capacity for the presentations and welcomed the family of the late Bob Spalding for a memorable evening. Racing continues on Bank Holiday Monday at 4pm supporting The Lions Club Gala day.

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