On the 25th of August 2010 I will pilot the 25 foot Bruce Campbell built Christina “THUNDERBOLT” to recreate her then epic race journey from Cowes to Torquay which won her the Beaverbrook Trophy and £1000 in the hands of aviation heir Tommy Sopwith. She will be in the company of other classic boats celebrating 50 years of this legendary race.
The race in 1961 was the first modern day powerboat race held in Europe since the late 1930’s and was the brainchild of the late Sir Max Aitken. His newspaper the Daily Express sponsored the race as a means of promoting the safety and relialibility at sea of small motor craft whilst making offshore passages.
To celebrate the 50th running of the Race this August a fleet of ex race boats from the 60’s and 70’s will hold a Rally at Torquay and will be raising funds for the charity HELP for HEROES.
The 150 mile race in 1961 took THUNDERBOLT 7hrs 25 mins in atrocious weather which at times was Gale Force 5.
Thunderbolt’s journey in 2010 is hoped to take place in much better weather and conditions.
Entries will be minimum £1 per guess with all proceeds going to the charity H4H. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 25th AUGUST
Please note that I have been asked to change the name of the account for H4H sponsorship to THUNDERBOLT REVIVAL SPONSORSHIP this is to save problems with the charity commissioners. Account will be with LLOYDS as that is H4H bank so once all monies in can be a direct transfer to charity a/c.
APOLOGIES forms will be ammended on the download at CLASSIC OFFSHORE. Mike