Anyone who’s into power boating especially in Europe, knows Patrick Huybreghts aka Pat. He’s a die-hard power boater but most of all he’s an optimist by default. He owns 2 Nor-Techs: 38 ft from 1997 and 39 ft from 2008. Both powerboats being used till today for incentives, even the 38 ft raced in 2009 under the name “Spirit of Belgium”.
That was also the reason why Patrick preferred the brand Nor-Tech to build him a new Race Boat for the 2010 Offshore world championship series. Last week I had the chance to interview him about the Nor-tech 427 accident.
Powerboating.be was his channel of choice.Read More
Federico Montanari and GiuseppeSchiano in RG87 Karelpiu were the pick of the V1 line-up, qualifying in pole and taking full advantage to win from World Champions Aaron Chiantar and Dominique Martini in Chaudron, with Siegfried Greve and Udo Goss in Searex Baltec completing the podium, Bernico New Star coming home in fourth. Team Abu Dhabi 6 made the perfect start to their 2015 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship title challenge finishing first and second overall yesterday in the first of two races held in conjunction with the seventh leg of the Venice-Monte Carlo race in Salerno, Italy.Read More
After a sabbath year the GPS is back. Agreed, even though in 2013 it was only one venue and as you will see later and only one round, it felt good to see the teams again and experience that particular beehive in pit. Although 10 teams were expected to participate in the end there were six, 3 in every class (Supersport and Evo). This was the official entry list: (more…)Read More
Due to the extraordinary circumstances the UIM Council decided at the 2011 General Assembly meeting in Abu Dhabi-UAE that, in spite of the unexpected cancellation of the 2011 OGP Racing season, the 2011 World and European Championship titles in the EVO and SuperSport classes shall be granted under the condition that there is respective mutual agreement between all the drivers. (more…)Read More
The disappointment of yesterday’s engine problems were short lived for the Belgian 2B1 Racing Team as Furnibo, the Mercury-powered Fountain returned to form, taking the third and final race and the UIM Siracusa Ocean Grand Prix Evo title ahead of Lucas Oil. The race had looked to be a foregone conclusion, with Furnibo building a substantial lead on the opening lap, but Michael Silfverberg and Nigel Hook in Lucas Oil began to unleash the potential of the Silverhook boat and close the gap. With their Sterling engines at full-chat, it looked like the pair could take the lead. (more…)Read More
Under a burning Sicilian sun only the light sea breeze brings some refreshment. yo the pits The crews covered the powertboats as much as possible to keep the temperatures from rising skyhigh in the cockpits. Some pilots even wear iced jackets underneath their rescue gear just before starting their powerboat. (more…)Read More
Saturday 11 June 2011, Valletta, Malta: As the green flag flew and the boats, complete with rooster tails, blasted into the distance, a new dawn signalled for international endurance racing and a new day for the crews; the waiting was over and a world championship title was at stake. By the end of the first ever race in the newly formed UIM-OGP World Endurance Championship, Furnibo from Belgium, piloted by Pierre Colpin and Frank Hemelaar had taken the spoils and set the standards for the campaign ahead. (more…)Read More