Cholmondleley Pagaent of Power - Round 3 of the HCGB National Hovercraft Championships.

added by Emma on June 20, 2013 at 06:06

A superb weekend racing at Cholmondeley saw the Volantis Hovercraft Racing Team finish first in Formula 2 with four wins from four starts - so a pretty good weekend!

Having finished third on the first meeting of the year, and fist in the last two rounds, with three rounds gone, theVolantis Cobra of Russ Pullen now leads the championship. Now to keep up the momentum for the rest of the season!

Next stop, Claydon House on July 20/21st. This is followed by a European race meeting at Prudhomat in southern France a week later.

 

Formula Two          
no Team Magnol Hacket Cholmo season
99
Russ Pullen 17 25 25 67
31 Team Polfrey 20 17 20 57
71 Kevin Tunaley 11 13 14 38
47 Wayne Ravenhall 15 14 9 38
92 Section4 9 15 10 34
77 Bernie Hook 10   17 27
100 Team Razor   12 15 27
73 Double A Racing 13   13 26
316 Team Castrol 25     25
62 James Limburn 14 7   21
50 Team Goldney   20   20
80 Team Wiggin 8 6   14
63 Team Buzzwagon     12 12
83 Nice But Dim Racing 12     12
111 John Cotton     11 11
44 Andy Griffith   11   11
39 Phil Jakeman   10   10
40 Wayne Hill   9   9
32 Fred Wilson   8   8
95 Nationwide Fire 503 7     7
130 Geoff Sweetman 6     6

 

Video from the last Open Race of the weekend.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47XkXlY7-D0

 Photo below courtesy of Rhiannon Black Photography - thanks Rhi!

Flying Fish Hovercraft - Play Day! Saturday August 3rd 2013

added by Emma on June 13, 2013 at 05:15

INVITATION

SATURDAY AUGUST 3RD 2013

PLAY DAY AT FLYING FISH!

·      Great Weather!

·      Learn to drive a hovercraft!

·      Free BBQ!

·      Live Music/ Bouncy Castle!

·      Fun, enjoyment, unbelievable thrills!

·      Open to staff, their families and friends, suppliers, customers, scout/youth groups and enthusiasts!

Location : Ash Road, Sandwich, Kent. CT13 2BB, opposite the White Mills Farm Shop right alongside the roundabout.

Time : From 11am til it rains hard - or we get bored, probably around 4pm.  Turn up whenever you like and wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet or covered in sheep pooh.

What's Happening? Plan is to take a few hovers up to the field - Marlins, Coastal-Pro's, a BBV500 cabin craft and even a Volantis Junior Kiddy craft and let everyone who wants to have a drive or ride. Meanwhile we'll have an ongoing BBQ, some live music and silly games.

Please email and Emma or Russ with any questions and to let us know if you'd like to come along so we can estimate numbers for catering - otherwise you may not get a sausage!

Usual rules apply - you and your guests ride/drive and attend entirely at your own risk and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage as a result of your participation

 

 

 

 

MCA - Coastguard meeting sets new direction for hovercraft industry.

added by Emma on June 6, 2013 at 04:11

Yesterday in Southampton, we attended a meeting with the MCA / Coastguard, which could be one of the most significant steps forward in the hovercraft industry for 50 years.

The meeting, hosted by Simon Milne, head of vessel Standards, is something I've been negotiating ('nagging' according to Simon!) for over a year as current legislation was preventing the use of small hovercraft for commercial applications such as weed spraying, survey work, environmental inspections, crew transfer, standby and safety applications and the like. Small craft operating close to shore in categorised water and over mudflats bear more relevance to 'equipment' than vessels and as such will be exempted from a 'coding' requirement with the reponsibility for safe operation being administered under an industry voluntary code of conduct and HSA regulations. With the framework discussed and broadly agreed yesterday, the door is open for us to supply hovercraft to numerous small businesses to legally utilise the unique abilities of these craft.

With more stringent regulations and craft specification, it will even be possible for to use the new BBV500 hovercraft for broader commercial applications such as ride giving and passenger movement - ie for hire or reward.

In short, in line with government policy, the industry will become more self-regulatory. We also agreed other relevant requirements such as driver qualifications and experience.

The meeting was attended by the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain, Griffon Hovercraft, Hovercraft Society, the BIS, Lloyds register and existing commercial operator, Dr James Thurlow from Intertidal, who contributed a lot of practical advice and experience to proceedings.

It is hoped that these changes can be implemented by the end of 2013, but the wheels of government can turn rather slowly, and with exemptions and policy documents required, it's likely to stretch into next year before its all finalised.

 

 

 

 

 


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