Blastoff Racing adds Cole McGowan to its Cowes crew line-up

23-year-old Cole McGowan from Florida will be taking part in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race with Dorian Griffith in Pippa, a Fabio Buzzi-designed and built RIB powered by twin Seatek 750 hp diesel engines.

Griffith had hoped to race his Cougar R12 hull, Blastoff Racing, however, it has been side-lined after suffering a terminal engine failure – A rod shot through one of the two Ilmor engines in testing last week.

In the highest act of sportsmanship, Pippa owner Dan Smith graciously made his boat and skipper Jack Weller available to the Blastoff Racing team as there is no time to source parts and complete necessary repairs to the Cougar.

McGowan (above right) is a marketing and PR professional in the powerboat and sportscar racing industries, working most notably with the Miss GEICO racing team which boasts 2016 CTC winner, Steve Curtis (above left) as throttle man.

He commented from his home in Tampa:

I’m extremely excited to take part in such an historic and illustrious competition.

As I have found my way through this sport, Cowes stood out to me very early on as a challenge I wanted to undertake.

This race is one of the last which reflect the true spirit of the sport of offshore racing which is what made it so attractive to me.

After speaking with Steve Curtis who said I should do this race if I had the chance, I knew I had to!

Griffith commented on his two new team mates:

Having Cole on board will be brilliant as we can experience his excitement and emotions as he tackles this prestigious race for the first time.

I’ve never raced with Jack before either, so we will have to learn to work together fairly quickly!

Top photo: Chris Davies

Blastoff Racing – SPEED Weekend!

In what can only be described as, ‘extreme conditions’, an inaugural Speed Weekend organised by the Classic Offshore Powerboat Club, (COPC) under the sanction of UKOPRA was held outside of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight at the end of September.

Record attempts were made by offshore racing boats that have competed in this season’s UKOPRA championships, and with very strong winds, it was amazing that the organisers could put together some runs for the boats!

Dorian pushed his Yanmar powered Fountain through the rough to establish an Offshore 2 record at 76.34987 mph.

Amazing, considering the conditions.

Top Photo: Malc Attrill

Video: Skippics Photography

Race Against Time

We were very unlucky at the Poole Bay 100 race, on the day there were ideal conditions for our 90+ mph Yanmar powered Fountain hull.

We unfortunately hit a hidden lobster pot just off Hengistbury Head while we were accelerating up to maximum speed and the boat hooked badly, we re-started the boat and overtook half the fleet and unfortunately the weakened Arneson detached from the drop box as we gave chase to Pippa and Bubbledeck and that was that.

It was a big blow to our championship defence!

We are in a race against time.

The team are hoping to machine some parts for the drive in time for the Guernsey Gold Cup race as spare parts or moulds were not available from Arneson for us to replace.

As always, thanks to Barrus for the amazing Yanmar engines and our new lubricant partners Liqui Moly, and our clothing partners Toio, who provide our stylish Italian team wear.

Blastoff announce Liqui Moly as 2019 Lubricant Partner

Blastoff Racing are proud to announce that Liqui Moly are going to be our Lubricant Partner for the 2019 season.

Liqui Moly make a range of products for the marine industry which will be tested to extremes during the 2019 campaign in the class winning Yanmar powered Fountain.

The first race this season, the Poole Bay 100, will be based at Poole Quay, and is a part of the Poole Harbour Boat Show where over 30,000 people are expected to attend to see the race craft and their respective crews and sponsors.

British Offshore 2 – Marathon National Champions

Blastoff Racing today secured the UKOPRA British Offshore 2 – Marathon National Championship.

Dorian and Will added a British Offshore 2 class win to their second place in Falmouth and first at the Fortitudo Property Poole Bay 100.

The pair had to battle through huge seas in the shortened Cowes race and finally finished 4th overall.

Photo: Snap Photography

Blastoff also finished 4th overall in the 2018 Marathon World Championship, beaten by boats with far more power.

British Offshore 2 – Marathon National Championship

2018 Marathon World Championship

Top Photo of Blastoff: Nicholas William Clegg at Hengistbury Head


An excellent start to 2018!

The Yanmar-engined Blastoff, raced by Dorian Griffith and Will Stevens won Class C at the Fortitudo Property Poole Bay 100 Offshore Powerboat race, the opening round of the 2018 World Offshore Championship and The Harmsworth Trophy, on June 10th.

Griffith and Stevens are delighted with third overall, it keeps them on track for their Harmsworth Trophy challenge.

That challenge will resume this Saturday at Falmouth, for Round 2 of the championship!

Blastoff Racing partners with TOIO

Blastoff Racing are delighted to introduce TOIO as our team clothing partner for the 2018 Marathon Powerboat Racing Season.

We are very excited about working with this stylish Italian company.

The TOIO range is available with or without team branding from the web site and also from their shop at The Corner House, Shooters Hill, COWES, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BG.

Blastoff Racing in ‘Best episode yet’ of of Amazon’s Grand Tour

Blastoff Racing featured in last Friday’s episode of Amazon’s Grand Tour and was hailed as the ‘best yet’ by fans after seeing Jeremy Clarkson break a record at Coniston reports The North West Evening Mail.

The episode was the latest in the show’s second season on Amazon Prime.

Alison Whalley, chairman of Coniston Powerboat Records Week, praised the show for highlighting the ‘beauty’ of the area.

She said:

We welcomed The Grand Tour to Coniston last November, and the programme showing Jeremy Clarkson achieving a national record in the Amphibious Experimental Unlimited class was released last week.
Mr Clarkson was one of 49 competitors attempting records at the 2017 event and we were pleased that he was one of the 25 successful attempts.

Viewers took to Twitter after the show was released, with Jamie Green saying:

Best episode of @thegrandtour yet! Nice to see coniston as well.

Another user, D T Dean, said:

This is Grand Tour back to its best, as in when it was called Top Gear. Don’t change it now.

Each year, thousands descend on Coniston to pay homage to some of the heroes of speed racing.

Last year’s effort was hailed as a tremendous success, with increased number of entries and spectators throughout the week.

There were 49 entries, 182 runs and 25 records broken on the measured Kilometre in the 47th Records Week.

Blastoff Racing at the RYA Powerboat Racing Awards

Dorian Griffith, and Shelley Jory-Leigh received their RYA Marathon C Class Championship Bronze Medal last Saturday evening at the RYA Powerboat Racing Awards.

It was a night of glitz, glamour and awards as racers from offshore, circuit and jet bike, were joined by friends, family, sponsors and supporters to celebrate the successes of the 2017 season.

Over 50 awards were presented throughout the evening by Edd China from Channel 4’s Wheeler Dealer TV show.

The Industry Award was awarded to Blastoff Racing’s engineering partner, EP Barrus Ltd.

Photo: Chris Davies