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LPRC Turner Trophy 2012

posted 28 Mar 2012, 11:48 by Lancashire Powerboat   [ updated 3 Apr 2012, 15:53 ]

Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club (LPRC) is pleased to announce the first race of the 2012 season at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens this Sunday 1st April. Powerboat racers from across the North West will be competing for the Turner Trophy as part of the LPRC Club Championship. 

This race is first chance in the annual racing calendar for LPRC drivers to put their new kit and modifications to the test, after their winter break. 

Early indications is that up to 15 boats are expected to race, ranging from the slower junior classes and ski-boats up to the faster Formula 2 catamaran type boat that can reach speeds in excess of 115mph. 

The Turner Trophy has been has been raced at Carr Mill Dam for over 20 years. In 2011, the senior race was won by Stephanie Gilderdale from Blackpool, and the junior race was won by Tiegan Goodfellow from Cannock, Staffordshire. The winners from this years’ race will gain valuable points towards the LPRC Club Championship, Mike Pillow from Welshpool will be hoping to get the season off to a good start to defend his senior championship success from 2011, while Charlotte Newton from Lowton, Greater Manchester will be doing the same to defend her junior title.

Boats will be arriving throughout the morning with racing starting at 2pm. All Royal Yachting Association (RYA) licensed drivers from any powerboat class can take part. The boats will be split into two classes - there will be 3 heats of both senior and junior racing.

To give boats of varying classes and different speeds, an equal chance of winning, a timed practice session will take place prior to racing. The boats will then start each race on a reverse handicap with the fastest boats starting last. Using this approach means that all boats race, to roar across the finishing line at the same time, to take the chequered flag together.

LPRC’s team of expert timekeepers, lead by our chief timekeeper Doug Evans, has perfected this reverse handicap timing method over many years. The club will be open for everyone including non-members, wanting to come down and watch the action, join in the fun or to find out more about the club, the boats or drivers. Stewards Geoff and Janet will be in 'The Boathouse' working hard to keep everyone fed and watered with the bar and kitchen opening from noon for drinks, snacks, lunch and dinner. 

Following the racing, a presentation ceremony awarding the winning drivers will take place in 'The Boathouse'.

For more information about this event or LPRC in general please contact us at lancashirepowerboat@gmail.com