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Rockall and Ireland record setter Thunder Child in pre-challenge testing off the Cork coast
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The very special powerboats of SafeHaven Marine in East Cork have multiple uses, but high speed potential in a wide variety of sea conditions is invariably top of a list of very demanding priorities among the highly-regarded company’s prestigious customers.…
It was an arduous programme of pre-testing at this level which ensured that Thunderchild was fit and ready for her Round Ireland & Rockall Record challenge which concluded successfully last night.
Powerboat Racing
The Safehaven Marine team led by Frank Kowalski on Thunderchild were safely home in Cork Harbour last night with job done, and the Round Ireland & Rockall Record set at 34 hours 01 minute and 47 seconds writes W M…
Otherworldly – Thunderchild at Rockall
Powerboat Racing
Apart from two essential stops at Portrush in County Antrim and Ballyglass on Broadhaven in County Mayo to take on fuel, Safehaven Marine’s challenge for a viable record for the 2000 kilometres round Ireland and Rockall, powering on with their…
Even after the wind has eased, the leftover sea will frequently have Thunder Child airborne as she strives for maximum speed.
Powerboat Racing
Safehaven Marine’s Frank Kowalski and his team on the Rockall-rounding challenger Thunder Child are closing in on their vital refuelling pit-stop at Broadhaven in Mayo, and expect to be at Ballyglass Pier about now, as their speed has gone up…
Rockall Well Astern as Safehaven’s Thunder Child Heads for Mayo Re-Fuel
Powerboat Racing
Frank Kowalski’s team from County Cork’s Safehaven Marine with their futurstic record-maker Thunder Child now have Rockall well astern in their counter-clockwise Round Ireland and Rockall Record bid writes W M Nixon. After their first re-fuel on Ireland’s north coast…
Thunder Child is attempting to set a new Round Ireland & Rockall powerboat speed record
Powerboat Racing
Safehaven Marine began a speed record attempt around Ireland and Rockall this morning, starting from the Old Head of Kinsale writes Tom MacSweeney. The Cork company designs and builds naval and military craft, pilot and patrol boats and has been…
All Black Powerboat Record Run Cork–Fastnet–Cork Aborted in Choppy Seas
Powerboat Racing
Unfortunately due to weather, force 4–5 winds increasing with short sharp frequency the All Black Powerboat team aborted its attempt at the inaugural Cork–Fastnet–Cork record attempt 25 miles out. Skipper John Ryan told Afloat.ie: 'It's just not worth the risk…
The UK ThunderCats power boats will be headlining the event with their first ever Dublin performance
Dublin Port
Dublin Port is preparing to help some 100,000 visitors discover their sea legs this June bank holiday weekend at Riverfest 2017, Ireland’s premier sailing and maritime festival. Now in its fifth year, the three-day maritime event will provide an €1…
Safehaven Marine’s World Record Attempt vessel Thunder Child off the Skelligs yesterday
Powerboat Racing
Safehaven Marine’s World Record Attempt vessel Thunder Child and her crew of six departed Galway Docks after a trial run up the West Coast of Ireland. After months of testing, this 350 kilometer run from Cork to Galway along the…
Formerly Hibernia Racing, John Ryan and his Allblack team plan to collect the full list of 11 records in 36 months
Powerboat Racing
#Powerboats - An Irish-based powerboat racing team is aiming for a full 11 offshore endurance and speed records over the next three years. “It’s ambitious, but it’s do-able,” as Red Bull hears from John Ryan, team driver and throttle man…
The Hibernia team includes Phillip Fitzgibbon navigating, Denis Dillon dealing with logistics and on-board hydraulic monitoring. Jonathan Napier is co–driver, Jonathan was famously the last Concorde flight pilot.
Powerboat Racing
Hibernia Racing, The International Irish Marathon Offshore Powerboat Racing Team headed by driver and throttle man John Ryan are set to take on their toughest challenge to date; the Cowes Classic 2016 Offshore Powerboat Race. The race takes place this…
Team Powerboat Ireland celebrate at the UIM World Championships
Powerboat Racing
Last weekend in Navia, Asturias, Spain, Hr850 and T850 Powerboat racing teams competed and represented their countries at the highest international level, the UIM World Championships. Within this group was Team Powerboat Ireland, a group of Irish Powerboat enthusiasts made…
Cian O'Driscoll, James Landers and Giles Kelliher set out from Fenit on the 700–mile circumnavigation
Powerboat Racing
Three Tralee Bay Sailing Club members set out from Fenit in county Kerry yesterday to retrace a TBSC voyage first made 25 years ago. Ribbers Cian O'Donnell, James Landers and Giles Kelliher set out from the most westerly port in…
The Venture Cup due to start in 25 days time has been cancelled
Powerboat Racing
With 25 days to go to the start in Cork Harbour, the much–hyped 2016 Venture Cup Round Ireland Poweboat Race has been cancelled. The announcement was made by email to supporters and confirmed to Afloat.ie by race organiser Aidan Foley this…
Hibernia Racing's 100 mph ALLBLACK SL44 on Dublin Bay yesterday. See slideshow below.
Powerboat Racing
Hibernia Racing's 100 mph ALLBLACK SL44 entry into the Round Ireland Venture Cup that begins in 25 days time was in training on Dublin Bay yesterday. The sleek aluminium built craft that was testing in Cork Harbour a month ago was…
Running at speeds in excess of over 160 kilometres per hour, England’s ‘Vector Martini’ drew quite a crowd of excited spectators to the Cobh seafront
Powerboat Racing
Cork Harbour got a tast of the next June’s Venture Cup - the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race when two of the entries took a spin around the second largest natural harbour in the world. As Afloat.ie…

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