The OCRDA management had to find a new location for the final race of the 2018 season due to development work being undertaken at original venues and finding a place with suitable tides wasn’t easy. However, Lowestoft, the home of British circuit racing since 1904, seems an ideal alternative and this will be the first time offshore powerboats will be racing there.
Whilst Torquay is known as the Riveria of the south coast, Lowestoft, is the Suffolk version and is probably also most associated with its history of fishing. In its day the town was full of trawlers and drifters landing ten of thousands of herring and cod, but sadly that trade has all but died out. Hopefully, the OCRDA fleet will give Lowestoft a welcome boost to their sports and leisure programme.
The three OCRDA classes last raced in Howth, Ireland in July and dates for the OCRDA Grand Finale are September 21-23.
A herring drifter in Lowestoft in 1959