• Short Summary

    THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OFFSHORE POWER BOAT RACE FROM COWES TO TORQUAY IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND WAS HELD TODAY (SATURDAY) AND ATTRACTED SOME OF THE BEST SPEED-BOAT DRIVERS FROM A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES.

  • Description

    THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OFFSHORE POWER BOAT RACE FROM COWES TO TORQUAY IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND WAS HELD TODAY (SATURDAY) AND ATTRACTED SOME OF THE BEST SPEED-BOAT DRIVERS FROM A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES. DICK BERTRAM, FROM THE UNITED STATES, WHO HAD WON ALMOST EVERY MAJOR POWERBOAT RACE IN THE WORLD EXCEPT THIS ONE, RECTIFIED THAT OMISSION IN HIS 31 FT (9 1/2 METRE) BOAT "BRAVE MOPPIE". SECOND WAS ANOTHER ENTRY FROM ACROSS THE ATLANTIC, MERRICK LEWIS IN "THUNDERBIRD".

    THE RACE IS ORGANISED BY ONE OF THE LONDON MORNING NEWSPAPERS, "THE DAILY EXPRESS," AND IT IS RUN OVER A DISTANCE OF 198 MILES (319 KMS). THIS YEAR, ENTRIES CAME FROM FRANCE, WEST GERMANY, ITALY, SWEDEN AND THE UNITED STATES - AS WELL AS A LARGE CONTINGENT FROM BRITAIN.

    DICK BERTRAM ALMOST WON THE EVENT A YEAR AGO - BUT HE WAS ROBBED OF VICTORY WHEN HE WENT AROUND THE FINAL BUOY ON THE WRONG SIDE. HE ALMOST DID THE SAME THING THIS YEAR - BUT WAS SAFELY IN THE LEAD AND HAD TIME TO GO BACK AROUND THE BUOY AND STILL WIN BY MORE THAN A MINUTE. HIS AVERAGE SPEED FOR THE DISTANCE WAS 40 MILES AN HOUR (64.4 KM.P.H.). THE SECOND BOAT, "THUNDERBIRD", AVERAGED 39 1/2 MILES AN HOUR (63 KM.P.H.).

    "SURFURY" WAS THE FIRST BRITISH BOAT HOME. IT FINISHED THIRD. FOR PART OF THE RACE, IT SEEMED A HOT CHALLENGER TO "BRAVE MOPPIE" - BUT IN THE OPEN SEA IT FOUND THE WAVES MORE DIFFICULT TO COPE WITH THAN THE POWERFUL AMERICAN BOAT. ANOTHER BRITISH BOAT "TRAMONTANA II" FINISHED FOURTH.

    ITALY'S RENATO LEVI FINISHED FIFTH IN "A' SPERANZIELLA II". IN 1963, HE WON THIS RACE - AND THIS YEAR HE DESIGNED EIGHT OF THE BOATS ENTERED IN THE COMPETITION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABTLRGO86KZK1CB5T55MPX9MXJ
    Media URN:
    VLVABTLRGO86KZK1CB5T55MPX9MXJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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