View Full Version : 1972 London-Monte Carlo. Love endurance racing.

01-20-2016, 05:09 AM

Greg Guimond
01-21-2016, 06:39 PM
Dang Lars 3,000 miles! Very cool thread with a really wide variety of race boats. Thx

Ed Donnelly
01-22-2016, 03:59 AM
Not in my wildest dreams would I do that...Ed

01-26-2016, 01:30 AM
Got a shorter version for You Ed. Ireland will be hosting the 2016 Venture Cup race and if they had more Viking blood in their veins and their isle wasn't such an islet the race would be more on par with the London-Monte Carlo race :) Joking aside, this should be a fantastic test for boats and crews and I certainly look forward to it. The Royal Yachting Association wasn't able to sanction the planned 2014 London-Monte Carlo Venture Cup race due to some missing permits, safety issues and so on, so only four boats went ahead and did their own thing as a rally. 2,750 miles and 16 days later the crews of all the boats made it and posed for the photo of this post. Well, a new attempt in 2016 and I bet the permits will be in order this time. The Irish people are a friendly bunch, so I believe lots of teams from other nations will show up not just for the challenge, but for the jolly camaraderie. The yearly Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race is still 'The Race', but if conditions ends up being really tough during this year's Venture Cup, then this will be a race with a promising future. Vector Martini Racing has now won the Cowes race both in 2014 & 2015 and since they're the main team promoting this Venture Cup race there will be teams that will prepare for heavy seas and hope to put the high speed Vector boat to shame in the rough.

VIDEO 1: https://youtu.be/tL15aBPDKUI

VIDEO 2: https://youtu.be/pSUShKtfiJM

VIDEO 3: https://youtu.be/l7uwwAJ_KXI

VIDEO 4: https://vimeo.com/140287014

01-26-2016, 02:44 PM
The Tally-Ho team training before the rally:


The must see video of 'The Fab Four' that did the rally, without the cup, for the F of it All. Cheers to the good ol' chaps!


02-04-2016, 01:51 AM
Mr J.E. Hoag pulled this trip off twice 35 years apart and one got to give him special credit for the 1925 trip with a not very speedy boat.


02-04-2016, 02:13 AM
Lt.-Colonel and Mrs R. N. Stewart brought a mechanic along for a rough ride across the North Sea to Norway.


02-16-2016, 01:54 AM
The July 3rd 1974 record run in 22 hours, 41 minutes and 15 seconds at an average speed of 55.4 mph was quite an accomplishment.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/eY-9QNcu6LE

Article: http://www.si.com/vault/1974/07/15/616139/and-a-gutbuster-to-gotham

02-24-2016, 03:30 AM
Powerboat archive used to have a lot of these videos available on their website a few years back, but they became only available to members after a while and then not available at all. Then suddenly last year or so they started uploading on YouTube and one can now easily end up spending hours watching classic offshore racing there. Here's one example: https://youtu.be/zQeigIarx3E

02-25-2016, 04:36 AM
1970 two young Finnish fellows spent 47 days crossing the Atlantic, from Senegal(Africa) to Guyana(South America), in a 14' motorboat (also rigged with a small sail. They had 50 gallons of gasoline and 40 gallons of water. In the middle of the Atlantic the boat flipped over in a storm and they got lucky getting help from a large commercial ship. The engine could not be fixed so they continused with a small sail only.