POWERBOATING returned to Ilfracombe at the weekend with racers from across the country taking part in the Ilfracombe Power Boat Grand Prix for points towards their 2010 national championships. The North Coast always throws up a challenge of big seas and i

POWERBOATING returned to Ilfracombe at the weekend with racers from across the country taking part in the Ilfracombe Power Boat Grand Prix for points towards their 2010 national championships.

The North Coast always throws up a challenge of big seas and it was no surprise that this time waves of a couple of metres saw a few boats drop out of the race and the larger boats forced to race a smaller course.

Saturday's first race was under way with A19 "Yknot" Jeremy Gibson and James McGing leading for a few laps, but their boat became damaged by the large seas and was forced to slow down. They were overtaken by A13 "Voodoo" Graham Lawton and David Ayre, who were having a fantastic time in the rough conditions until they missed a buoy, which gave them a one minute penalty and dropped them into second place for the first race, with victory going to A29 "Racing Green" Rich Mason and Darren Douthwaite. A13 was second, A19 in third and local team A9 "If Only" Bob McCarthy and Nick Surrey in fourth.

The second race of the day saw A19 pull out before the start due to damages from the first race. The first lap saw A9 also retire due to the conditions.

Lead boat A13 "Voodoo" were slowly being caught up by A29 "Racing Green" until the chasers lost their engine cover, forcing early retirement and leaving A13 to take the honours.

Sunday's racing was called off due to the conditions.

Results were: 1, A13 "Voodoo" Graham Lawton and David Ayre ; 2, A29 "Racing Green" Rich Mason and Darren Douthwaite; 3, A7 "Vital Spark" Craig and Tom Temple-Murray 3rd.

The next race is the final in Salcombe on September 11 and 12.