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Old 26 November 2013, 03:10   #31
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Well I'm looking forward to whatever happens and I don't really care about all the politics, I'm just going to go boating, I've already done London to Monte Carlo in a race car a few years back, now I get to do it in a boat, happy days
couldn't agree more Biff if only people would leave out the politics racing might once again thrive in this country and best of luck to you and Cookie whatever safe racing.
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Very Sad News !!! ( Raceboat International )

The proposed Venture Cup - London to Monte Carlo race has been turned down by the RYA.

We understand that the RYA continued to extend deadlines for information from the event organisers but finally felt there was far too much outstanding at this late stage.

Lord Beaverbrook whose father, Sir Max Aitken brought long distance offshore powerboat racing to Britain in 1961 said,"Once again Offshore Powerboat racing is damaged by a last minute cancellation of an event that was clearly not viable, and probably impractical, from its inception.

Mike Lloyd had come to this conclusion almost two years ago. At that time the organisers who then picked up the pieces knew exactly what the RYA required to be able to authorise the Race.

John Puddifoot of the RYA had made those requirements crystal clear in a letter to Mike Lloyd dated 31st August 2012, a letter copied to Aidan Foley, Peter Dredge and Simon Wood- Power.

The fact that these requirements were not met even at this late stage has resulted in Teams, Sponsors and Crews wasting time, effort and precious money. The RYA will hopefully in future ascertain the financial strength and organisational competence of proposed Powerboat events before they are allowed to be adopted on to the Calendar".
"Once again Offshore Powerboat racing is damaged by a last minute cancellation of an event that was clearly not viable, and probably impractical, from its inception.
Mike Lloyd had come to this conclusion almost two years ago. At that time the organisers who then picked up the pieces knew exactly what the RYA required to be able to authorise the Race.
John Puddifoot of the RYA had made those requirements crystal clear in a letter to Mike Lloyd dated 31st August 2012, a letter copied to Aidan Foley, Peter Dredge and Simon Wood- Power.
The fact that these requirements were not met even at this late stage has resulted in Teams, Sponsors and Crews wasting time, effort and precious money. The RYA will hopefully in future ascertain the financial strength and organisational competence of proposed Powerboat events before they are allowed to be adopted on to the Calendar"

RYA Press Release 08/05/2014

London to Monte Carlo Venture Cup Race 7th – 21st June 2014

It is with extreme disappointment that the RYA has found itself in the unfortunate position of having to inform the organisers of the Venture Offshore Cup Ltd and the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) that, as the appointed National Authority for this event, we are no longer in a position to approve or host this event and formally return the ‘World Cup’ title to the UIM.

Despite the huge efforts of the RYA, its committees and the organisers of the Venture Cup London – Monte Carlo race, the remaining information that is outstanding or partially outstanding has proven far too great to fully secure at this late stage in the event planning.

As the National Authority responsible for this event, all of the required permissions, UIM / RYA Rules and various other aspects must be in place and fully approved before the event can move forward and unfortunately, it has not been possible on this occasion.

We are aware of the disappointment that this news may bring to those who were hoping to compete and to those who have dedicated their time into trying to make the event happen. However, despite the current disappointment we hope that all parties involved remain respectful of our position and responsibility towards everyone involved.

This current decision was not by any means, an easy position for the RYA to take, but it was a necessary one. We would like to extend our thanks to the Venture Cup team and all of the committees for the time and dedication they have shown in trying to finalise this event and we hope that work can continue by the organisers to possibly reschedule the race for a future date.

We will now turn our attention to a full calendar of Powerboat Racing that includes all disciplines, with World & European Championships in addition to the RYA British National Championships.

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It is my understanding that it was the RYA recent list of new requirements that was the final nail in the coffin, so to speak. Having just come back from the south of France the talk over there is of a list of requirements from the RYA which was produced only a couple of week ago, I will agree this is hearsay and as you seem better informed than me, could you shed any light on this
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It is my understanding that it was the RYA recent list of new requirements that was the final nail in the coffin, so to speak. Having just come back from the south of France the talk over there is of a list of requirements from the RYA which was produced only a couple of week ago, I will agree this is hearsay and as you seem better informed than me, could you shed any light on this
I don't think they were new requirements it was just that the requirements hadn't been met, one of them was a fully proven tracking system and I can understand how that would impact on the safety of the race for instance.
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im all for a bit of safety but not at the expense of my pastime and pleasure, most of us know that the powers that are are run by insurance and that in turn is run by the HSE.
ive said it before, to most of us powerboaters its a passion, to what I call the Klingons its a business, it is sad though that no one can get it to work.
just in case any of you are interested, GEE is alive and well and in monte carlo for the classic car racing
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As one of the organisers of the Venture Cup, I think it may be worth noting that we haven't, as yet, officially cancelled the Venture Cup. What has been announced is that the RYA were unable to approve the race and have handed back their element to the UIM. At this time it's not appropriate to comment any further for fear of jeopardising any work which is currently being done.
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Well I must say that it's not installing much confidence with sponsors. The owner of our boat pulled out because he couldn't get any firm answers. While you lot pussy foot around the boat owner have to either commit or not to moving there boats from all over the place at vast expense. In not saying it's all your fault. But it's about time you guys see the wood through the trees. Without us lot willing to race you lot would have nothing and what you need to realise is that we will still race in some format with or without you
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