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Lowestoft & Oulton Broad

Motor Boat Club

Founded 1933

Race Report / May 17

Cold, windy weather lead to hostile conditions for drivers and spectators alike but the competitiveness of the driving was a credit to all out on the water.


The lumpy surface of the Broad and strong wind meant that the "V" hulled boats competing were more suited to the circuit, combined with the handicap format of racing the slower boats in each class had good chance of a result.


Sportsboats saw the return of Mike Tolman following his major engine failure at the Bank Holiday event, only to be disappointed once more with ignition failure prior to the start.


Veteran driver 59 Peter Rix showed the way in his Cherry Lodge Monohull and despite being bounced and thrown about all evening, survived to lift the LOBMBC Trophy. Although much faster, the big Gooch Accident Repair Catamaran of Ray Birnie could only manage second place, followed by Brian Block, third.


A smaller than usual field of Hydroplanes gave good account of themselves in conditions not ideally suited to this class and once again showed the future of these boats as the mainstay of the Club's racing and the promise of the July European Championships. A well driven event saw 7 Karon Jude win the Brunswick Trophy to add to her collection, with the ever improving 74 Sean Woods second, chased by his previous boat driven by 73 Brian Block in third place, just 2 points behind !


The GT15/30 class with it's three young drivers produced very competitive heats as more powerful boat 1 Thomas Mantripp charged to catch the  20/26 Tingdene, Haylock duo. Despite the constant onslaught of the GT30,  20 Jessica Haylock received the LOBMBC Trophy to a rapturous round of applause, Thomas in second was only 4 points behind, 20 Joseph Haylock was third, still honing his buoy turn skills.


Close racing in difficult circumstances, gritty performances and the ladies "showing the way" moved the Club forward into it's 85th year.


Special thanks went to "Mr Mosquito" Erko Aabrams from Estonia, who whilst in the UK to fix Jason Mmantripp's hydroplane, joined us for the evening, presenting the Trophies and bottles of "fizz"


John Soanes


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