It’s very rare that teams are up in arms following an offshore powerboat race, but this year’s Falmouth Marathon race organised by IPRC caused a verbal backlash from those taking part.
I confess I was not there but got the report from photographer Tim Tapping. It appears the main complaint was that sea conditions were totally unsuitable for offshore racing with waves exceeding twelve feet and the race should have been cancelled from the outset. The ‘race’ was eventually red flagged and thankfully all the boats returned to port mostly unscathed.
There were just six boats entered for the second race at Falmouth of the three race Marathon Championship including Drew Langdon’s ‘Silverline’, Dorian Griffith’s ‘Blastoff’, which struggled to get on the plane due to wrong props, Tom Montgomery’s ‘Sunis’, Mike Bontoft’s veteran Cigarette ‘Dry Martini’, Ole Flintof’s Apache ‘Warpath’, and a new mystery driver in the RIB ‘Mr Mako’.
Silverline and Warpath
Had the race continued the prize at stake was points towards the Marathon Championship and the Harmsworth Trophy. There was also a handful of smaller class 3 boats including ‘Dirty Deeds’ from Guernsey, racing for points in the Class 3 National Championship, but it mattered little as it was a ‘non-race’.
High flying Class 3 – ‘Jupiter’ now in its 40th year of racing
It’s a bit too soon to write the Falmouth Marathon off but this was the second year it has been staged there and the organisers have struggled to attract a decent size entry. However, three people were extremely grateful that there was a meeting as Mr Tapping and the crew of the rescue boat he was aboard hauled three elderly yachtsman to safety after their small sailing dinghy capsized and they had been clinging to the upturned craft for over an hour.
Photos: Tim Tapping