Silverline wins Round 1 of the UIM Ordinary International Marathon Championship at Falmouth
It will not have gone unnoticed that Raceboat International did not go overboard in terms of publicising the Falmouth-Scilly Isles Marathon race. The reason was simple, it had all the hallmarks of a Venture Cup…… and we know where that ended up! However, it seems like the hierarchy of Britain’s newest powerboat club, IPRC are made of sterner stuff than the Venture brigade and their Marathon event proved a roaring success despite battling against appalling weather and a low entry.
The seas on the southern most tip of the UK, i.e. Cornwall can be unforgiving and after consulting local weather experts, it was wisely decided to give the Scilly Isles a miss this year in preference to a modified course that took the quartet of race teams to the Eddystone lighthouse, Plymouth and back to Falmouth. Even a shortened course can be physically painful for the crew when the waves are topping out at over three metres in places.
Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings – winners in ‘Silverline’ – Photo: Tim Tapping
It was an interesting line-up of boats that took part, three of them from the West Country including Drew Langdon’s Outerlimits ‘Silverline’ which was now fully recovered from its sinking in the 2016 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Marathon. Drew had the Exeter based playboy Miles Jennings as company.
Nick Wilkinson’s ‘HTS Perkins’ whose claim to fame was winning the first Monte Carlo to London Marathon in 1972, also boasted a celebrity crew of Ole Flintoff and Glen Chizoy. There was also ‘Biretta Due’ from Belgium who makes regular pilgrimages to the UK when there is a Marathon race going on, and the fourth entry was the former ‘Smokin Aces’ Dragon of the Dodge brothers now renamed ‘Halcyon Connect’.
2nd in the Marathon – ‘Halycon Connect’ – Photo: Tim Tapping
Ole Flintoff and Glen Chizoy in ‘HTS Perkins’ – Photo: Tim Tapping
There was little doubt ‘Silverline’ would start as favourite with its superior horsepower, and that prediction turned out to be correct, and despite it losing an engine halfway through the race ‘Silverline’ swept to an easy victory ahead of ‘Halcyon Connect’, ‘Biretta Due’ and ‘HTS’.
The organisers of the Falmouth Marathon are to be congratulated on making the event happen against all the odds.
Jean Pierre Neels, Thomas Vandamme and Dmitry Schiller in ‘Biretta Due’ from Belgium – Photo: Tim Tapping
PHOTOS: TIM TAPPING