Hi all,With news still being in short supply and the 2017 powerboat season getting closer I thought I would give all you newcomers a bit of a look at what goes on behind the scenes at any National Championship powerboat meeting.
The first thing that happens on the day of the race is scrutineering,which means that every boat that has entered has to be checked by one of the appointed technical team.They are checked for all the relevent safety regulations for both the boat and driver.Also each boat has to meet the rules laid down for that class.
Once the driver and boat has passed inspection they can sign in with the Race Secretary,who will check the driver licence and any certificates needed for the boat and make sure it has passed the technical inspection.They may also collect any entry fees outstanding.
After this drivers are free to prepare their boats for the practice/qualifying sessions to come.
Before any boat is allowed on the water,the officer of the day,basically the person in charge of the event calls a drivers briefing,which is compulsory for all drivers,the younger drivers in class GT15 have to be accompanied by an adult to these briefings.The briefings will cover anything the officer of the day thinks the drivers need to know ,such as how the course is laid out,order of racing,timings and any other race business.This also gives the drivers a chance to ask any questions they may have.
During the racing any boat that has an accident will be rechecked to make sure it is safe to race again,and any protests may be heard by the jury which usually comprises of one member of each club that has a driver competing(in international racing this will be one person from each country competing).
All national meetings in the UK are attended by an Royal Yachting Association (the governing body) official who makes sure the rules are kept to.
After racing the first 3 boats in each class are parked in a secure area and the engines and boats checked to make sure they are legal as to size etc.Once these have been completed the prize giving can bve arranged another thing that is compulsory for all drivers to attend.
This gives just a brief idea of what is going on behind the scenes at the races you may attend.
Try coming to one of our meetings this year I`m sure you will enjoy it we aare all a friendly bunch.
Bob -Powerboat gp photographer