Gremlins were out in force at the LOBMBC Thursday evening event as one problem after another struck.
Starting with the mechanical failure of the launching vehicle, overcome by the quick response of Rear Commodore, Jon Peek, the rain failing to dampen spirits of the drivers and rescue teams proceedings commenced with the Hydroplane and GT15/30 classes fully subscribed and ready for the "off", sadly Sportsboat numbers were very depleted due to ongoing major engine problems and club stalwart, Peter Rix, assisting with the novice GT drivers pit requirements.
The racing continued over the choppy water as both the small GTs bounced around the course and the Hydroplanes scrapped for position but sadly " Mr Gremlin" struck again ! Proceedings came to a halt as one of the rescue boats was towed off the course with steering problems. Once again " Mr Fixit "Jon Peek was called on to attend to the problem. Safety procedures meant that
the full length course was unusable without the full complement of Rescue Craft so the youngsters in the GT class were called on to continue racing their short circuit heats.
Further rain and darkening skies, causing poor visibility brought the evening to a premature close.
The highly prestigeous King of the Broads, Group Handicap Trophy saw one of the most spectacular starts seen on the circuit in the last few decades and resulted in an excellent win for 77 Scott Builders, James Marr. Second place was taken by 28 Moyse Motors Wayne Moyse, both the OSY400 boats holding off the challenge of third placed racing Hydro of 9 Wayne Turner. A special mention to newcomer 17 Jake Dale making a good start to his first Hydroplane season,
The GT classes racing for the Reedham Ferry Trophy showed experience paying off as novice drivers struggled with their handicap starts and so the more powerful GT30 of " Dad's Wallet" sponsored 1 Thomas Mantripp took first place with 26 Joseph Haylock second and a commendable third place for novice 15 Thomas Lacey-Goodman. As well as the trophies presented , gifts for the top placed drivers were supplied by David Archer of Reedham Ferry.
Despite there only being two Sportsboats competing in just one heat, both Brian Block and Ray Birnie continue to accrue points towards the overall end of season championship as Ray was presented with the LOBMBC Presidents Trophy.