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The first of three British events of 2018 featuring Marathon class boats revealed some mechanical issues for a few of the favourites in their quest for the coveted Harmsworth Trophy, but it was ‘Warpath (pictured above) which won the Poole 100.
The Poole 100 was sponsored by Fortitudo, a property development company headed by Richard Carr who also took part in the race as one of the three man crew aboard the Cougar monohull ‘Fortitudo’ alongside reigning world Superboat champion Steve Curtis. They were tipped to win the 120nm marathon but disaster struck minutes after the start when a drive shaft broke leading to retirement.

Exeter duo Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings took over the lead in the Outerlimits monohull ‘Silverline’ and looked every inch the winner until they were hit by a mystery mechanical problem allowing Glen Chidzoy, Gordon Compton and Ole Finholt in their Class B Ilmor powered ‘Warpath’ to inherit the lead. They stormed on to win the first Marathon race of the year ahead of the immaculate veteran Cigarete ‘Dry Martini’ of Mike Flintoff, Micheal Peet and Christian Toll. Dorian Griffith and Will Stevens aboard the Yanmar diesel powered Class C Fountain ‘Blastoff’ completed the podium spots while David Foa in the Mercury powered RIB ‘Mr Mako’ finished 4th. Despite a healthy Marathon entry list of eight only four made it to the chequered flag.


Second in the Marathon Class ‘Dry Martini’
The Marathon race was run over 121.40 Nm – a start lap of 58.80Nm, one shorter lap of 28.40Nm and three laps of 11.40Nm. The Class 3 race was run over 71.4Nm – a start lap of 12.3Nm and three shorter laps of 8.30Nm and 11.40Nm.


Kerry Bobin’s Twister cat ‘Motivated Bermuda’

There was a ding dong battle for Class 3 supremacy between father and son Bobins in different boats. Former world champion Jack Bobin in his ultra fast Phantom ‘Motivated’ was hounded throughout by his father Kerry Bobin and Errin Butterfield in their Twister catamaran ‘Motivated Bermuda’, and at times Bobin Senior took the lead only to be re-passed by Jack who went on to secure maximum points. Graham Reeder and Martin Foster aboard the Batboat ‘Anabad’ filled 3rd place, and in fourth place was the Revenger ‘Beaver Returns’ of Brian and Thomas Pelham which looked very much out of place in Class 3N as their V8 powerplant sounded as healthy as the Marathon fleet. Dave Sheldon and Chris Bailey aboard the Phantom ‘Multispark Race Products’ rounded off the top five.


Jack Bobin beat his father Kerry in the Class 3 race
There were few complaints from those ashore and those at sea as weather conditions were superb with a calm Bournemouth Bay and glorious sunshine ensured those on the golden beaches and lining the pier were enjoying the best of British weather for this new event now in its second year. The UKOPRA Poole 100 continues at Falmouth at the end of this month and is followed by Cowes-Torquay race in August.

1 – B69 – Glen Chidzoy/Ole Finholt/Gordon Compton – Warpath -1hr 43min 23sec
2 – B9 – Christian Toll/Mike Bontoft/Michael Peet – Dry Martini – 1hr 58min 28sec      
3 – C100. Dorian Griffith/Will Stevens – Blastoff – 1hr 59min 47sec
4 – E76. David Foa/Charles Swales – Mr Mako – L1
5 – A47. Andrew Langdon/Miles Jennings – Silverline – L1
6 – G130. Rose Lores/Francis Whitley – Fugitive – L2
C237 – Paul Craven/Tom Montgomery – Swan Sunus Ocean Racing – DNF
A69 – Richard Carr/Steve Curtis – Fortitudo Cougar – DNF
1 – A26 – Jack Bobin/Stuart Unwin – Motorvated Racing – 1hr 18min 49sec
2. B25 – Kerry Bobbin/Errin Butterfield – Motorvated Bermuda – 1hr 20min 04sec
3. X77 – Graham Reeder/Martin Foster – Ananab Racing – 1hr 20min 09sec
4. N10 – Thomas Pelham/Brian Pelham – The Beaver Returns – 1hr 24min 25sec
5. A22 – Dave Sheldon/Chris Bailey – Multispark Race Products – 1hr 25min 21sec
6. B4 – Max Walker/Darryn Harrison – Race R Division – 1hr 26min 08sec
7. A24 – Shaki Easton/M’kai Hodsol – Bermuda Motivation – 1hr 26min 15sec
8. A5 – Lee Ornsby/Josh Lindsay – Licence to Thrill – 1hr 29min 49sec
9. B88. Mark Terry/Suzanne Cosgrave – Dirty Deeds – L1
A162. Richard Comben/David Taylor – Ace of Spades – DSQ
A66 – Malcolm Dopson/Ben Brown – White Fusion – DSQ