Big swell made ELYC’s first Powerboat Challenge live up to its name as 17 competitors took part in an event that measured handling skills as much as speed. Competition was very close around the obstacles. The course included tight slalom course followed by reversing around the buoy whilst trying not to flood the boat. Other challenges included coming to a stop, reversing into a “Garage” and finally coming alongside.
Bonus time could be secured by determining missing safety items that had been taken off one of one of the RIBs in the store. In the adult race less than 15 seconds separated the top 3 with Richie Hales (4mins 13seconds) just taking the win from Barry White (4mins 15seconds) and Alastair Dean (4mins 27seconds).
The Juniors also posted respectable times with Chris Devine (5mins 22seconds) taking the title followed by Andrew Stewart (5mins 35seconds) and Andrew Laing (6mins 10seconds).
It was a very successful afternoon. Many thanks to Sheila Smith for helping with timing and generally keeping everyone organised.