OCRDA on parade at Newhaven – Photos – Tim Tapping (07919403378)
We said in our Newhaven Race Preview a couple of weeks ago that the Sussex venue could be a tough race if sea conditions were not favourable. In the event, conditions were far from ideal and three or four OCRDA favourites were caught out including ex World Champion Jeremy Gibson in his new Phantom. ‘Fair Play’ who clashed heads with his navigator Elliot Underwood who sustained a serious eye injury. Brian Peedell, in his Volvo V8 powered V24 Batboat ‘Circle Express’ struggled in the conditions and Brian indicated that he would be selling his boat at the end of the season and buying a RHIB for rescue duties as – “it’s got to be more comfortable than this ordeal.”
The port of Newhaven is the base of a cross-channel ferry service from Newhaven to Dieppe, and the start of race two was delayed as the fleet waited for one of the ferries to arrive.
Once again Class 2 boasted the largest numbers and surprise winner of race 1 was Phil ‘The Doc’ Hancock who held off the advances of the almost unbeatable Graham Lawton in his Phantom ‘Who Dares Swims’. Horse trainer Kevin Edmonson and jockey Annika Hawthorne produced a great performance in Gibson’s old Phantom ‘Y Knot’ as the duo filled 2nd place in Class 3 behind winner ‘ESRP’ crewed by Craig Temple-Murray and Paul Scott.
Thirty teams turned out at the launch of the 2017 OCRDA Aqua Adrenalin series in Torquay, and Newhaven attracted twenty six teams, a great turn out since OCRDA broke away from the RYA. A few owners gave Sussex a miss because of prior commitments, but three or four new faces arrived which maintained a healthy line-up.
The most powerful class, Class 1 attracted only three entries – Peedell’s V24, Jason Briggs and Brett Croxon aboard ‘The Edge’ and Nick and Jeremy Newsam in ‘Enforcer’. Peedell clinched maximum points while ‘The Edge’ filled the runner up berth with a third and second place.
Brian Peedell struggled in the rough
Twelve teams made up the Class 2 fleet and it was close at the top with Graham Lawton just edging Phil Hancock’s ‘The Rock’ into second place. Mark Sansom and Ben Corser’s ‘Foam Fury’ secured 3rd place collecting points in both heats while Jeremy Gibson and Elliot Underwood filled 4th place despite their incident in the first heat. OCRDA supremo Bob McCarthy’s Bernico ‘If Only ‘ occupied 5th place ahead of David Foa’s ‘Cafe Race’.
Craig Temple-Murray’s ‘ESRP’ tied for the class 3 top spot with equine duo Kevin Edmundson and Annika Hawthorne ‘Y Knot’. Edmondson was enjoying his best result for two seasons in his ex. Gibson’s Phantom. Lee Ornsby and Adam Wallis’s ‘Licence to Thrill’ provided a thrill for its owner by filling 2nd place ahead of Steve Satchell’s ‘Seafury’ while Neil Ives ‘Bouys Toyz’ occupied 5th place. Scott Arthur and Andy Richardson had a shocker of a race in their outfit ‘Shocker’ having failed to finishing in both heats.
Neal Ives and Kelly Waller in Bouyz Toyz
The Newhaven hosts were delighted with the action and hope OCRDA agree to make this an annual event although several teams had reservations because of the rough conditions.
The 3rd round of the series is at West Bay, Dorset, a popular venue among teams although again, the race course is in exposed waters so it will be the survival of the fittest.