A few words of Cinzano's view, after return of the Boat and crew to England and me to Germany. 

I was long since asked by Justin whether we' d join the race
Well, I had no clear answer then, as it was decided last autumn to restore Cinzano after its success of 2009.


The reason why we didn't finish that job early enough is alike all boat projects in the various details. One of might be the 'winter', others the late determination of spec to the new engine order at Ilmores.Another the wrong exhaust pipes delivered, or in general the fact that the 725s are apart from the 2008's 625/640s as much as an Mercery V8 might have been.
The Team (Already consistent of Eric and Max Smilie plus Tim Grimshaw)load up with 
Mike Nicholson and Steve Colley plus all Help from the Unwin's (although she might have distracted the rest from work minimally) has made the Start possible.


The deck paint wasn't finished (only temporary white top coat). The dash was the old Levorsi one. 


Loads of ideas of luxurious amenities like a minimal flip down bottom rest were all sacrificed for getting to Ireland.


Stop! Saying that, I got the Teak deck plywood floor to stand on instead of the industry Rubber one, being not suitable for the green water filling our cockpit regularly in Ireland (well, at least once each Leg).


The other new unit was a stronger bilge pump in the cockpit inevitably needed on the 4th day! 
So now to the Event.


We turned up in our mobile work shed which was supposed to have at least one of the guys permanently on work even while on the ferry on Saturday the 5th.


As you will see on the Pictures everybody worked till Sunday evening.By then we were moored in the Galway harbor entrance, awaiting the locks to open at 10ish (p.m.) for allowing the race boats to be waiting outside for an early start on Monday.


Unfortunately we were accused of having prevented the Galway Festivals rock Concert Band playing on the opposite pier side not giving them a chance of having an additional few songs, because the E-Guitars and Drums were not heard any more, after we fired up the Ilmores. The harbor basin was unfortunately reflecting our sensible engine rumble like a trumpet of Jericho...
But thats a part of Powerboating isn't it??? 


Day One
It gave all sorts of experiences.We had winds from behind as from upfront. Short steep waves to stuff in as much as long atlantic swells. The Bays are deeper, the Foreheads more and shareper edged and the water coming up to it has a long deep travel time only to be funnily reflected in some occasions. So little Waves on Top off higher Sea's and that crosswise were no fun to trim to.


Only on in the Bay shortly before the finish line we allowed our engines to exceed the 4.500 revs count first.


We went over the line with 75knots and still counting, so it was a good day. Compared to CTC 2009 it was ten knots slower average!


Yes if needed we might have had a little more speed here and there, but it was definitely not as nice and convenient on the Atlantic as it was in Cowes last year. Even the Deacons (Hot Lemon) would have admitted that, if they had joined.

Day two 

It started with less Body Pain as expected, but still as during the Hole week any minute was planned out and busy for all of us.


Another day in the Atlantic Paradise but nice stay with the Fleet for a while and then follow up to the former Langdon's Buzzi Rib heading fast out of the Bay.


Later we lost each other out of sight and it was all sorts of Seas again, but that we now took as Normal.Only being slightly disappointed that all these exclusion zones make racing on days of poor visibility very in attractive from the Tourism factor of getting to foreign grounds.
We saw a lot of black shadows behind the grey mist/clouds that pretended to be the Green Country, equivalent of New Zealand in Europe. Well not that day.


It was therefore a very warm welcome to see some fearless and frozen (-less) Boaters awaiting us at the finish line no matter where we came and how wet it was.But worst of was probably Bangor for those brave people. Thanks for that!!


Here we took Cinzano out, only to see that the new £10,000 props from Hering had started kissing each other and looked very unattractive for further speed records.


So we 'sent' them to M. Nicholson prop makers of himself and a few hours later they were on in slightly smaller dimension and the spacer bar giving some Vee direction to the drives, preventing that damage to happen again for the rest of the round trip.


May I say that in all venues the engine bay was a crusty salt place with up to several mill of salt on the exhaust tops, all to be WD40ed and cleaned every evening and had the engine bay not been up to it, all sorts of faults were hindering progress.

This race proofed the need for seaworthy engineering in even a boat that was probably designed with speed in mind instead of pushing through breaking sea crests. We sometimes felt like the scene in 'Das Boot' where two patrolling U-Boats meet in the middle of nowhere jumping the seas.(sorry for the reference)

Day Three
Waterford the first long leg down the small stretch of sea between the two Island being North of the European Continent.Another goodie for those who pretend that only rough racing is good to them because everything else could be left to the boys.


We might have opted for a calm day as you find them in the middle of the atlantic crossing the equator, if some body had asked us.As you can imagine nobody did, so it was good to have a lay day in Waterford.


It turned out that Justin had arranged to have the Major feeding us in his nice office and after loads of Glory and Politics it turned out that we took him up the river next day for a spin on 'his' river.After I persuaded the Harbormaster that we would cause less wash at 75 knots then 25kn with what we were guided up the river by the local rescue people being cautious as it is their fate.


We got the Major silent for at least a minute! You know what shows a happy inshore powerboater? Its all the dead flies between the teeth. 

Day Four
It was supposed to be as nice as day three,Oh wonder, everybody started well behaved and for a while we stayed nicely together for just the fun of it.
As in every race this didn't last to long and the new show up of the really strong crew of Dreamer wanted to show or see their potential, too.


The Sea state went nicer and nicer the further south we came and after a while it was only the Buzzi Rib and us doing a nice cruise speed of mid to high 60ies (kn).
Finally it was time to see what speed was left and we went on to the mid 70ies later even over 80 knots.


It was still drives trimmed in, nearly neutral and with one of the trim tabs slightly down and the other in neutral. The revs were around 5.200. This left us staying put and under full control of the long swell that was the only disturbance in that part of the race. The moderate trim was giving the controlled feeling that made it easy to go fast. As we had about 250 Gallons of fuel in the back, the nose was not being pushed down by the (this leg) deliberately left empty forward tank.


Then there came the Fastnet and the beloved Atlantic.
All over a sudden the race was over and after we managed to get the E120 running again that for some reason lost track we ended up in speeds around 20 knots and around 30 degrees to the Sea. It was a riding of real white horses I otherwise only know from my Sailboat and it wasn't funny.


After ages we rounded the marker probably being put in the Bay of Biscay as it felt...Only then having to go straight up with 11.5 to 12.3 knots for max speed.


We worked our way until we came closer to land that was eventually visible again and after rounding another predominant head of 'black rocks' found ourselves in company with another boat in vicinity.I think i got lost of having fun before until Tim then started to show me how he rode the seas in his little boats by accelerating uphill and slowing down so we went up to 20kn again.


Soon we came alongside the Rib called Dreamer and it was fun to meet out there.
We found better sideways seas soon after and accelerated to above 30 sometimes even 40 knots in seas that only could be described as confuse but drivable again.


By unknown reason Dreamer stayed behind. We were told of having problems with the kill switches setting off deliberately after impacts and therefore they stayed behind. Otherwise I do think we would have gone 'home' side by side.


We managed to limp home with the rest of fuel, not knowing how much it really was, so kept revs down to the end with indefinite readings from the gages.


They all work, they all show in the harbor but not in these conditions.And as they were new allocated and we deliberately started on the five aft wards tanks with 300 gallons only, we did not have encountered any of the low fuel reading on the days before. Adding up that consumption by mile is often higher at low speeds especially in these conditions.We were happy to cross the line undisturbed by fuel drop outs.


Day Five

 This saw us having fun with the Buzzi rib at the start this time with a Robinson Helicopter hovering above well. 

So as we went along we turned out to be lonely again after an hour and slowed down a bit just to go on nice speed at the Galway bay in following sea. No more swell but a chop from fresh wind made again low revved low trimmed GPS read out of 83 something Knots over the Line.


So that was it!
Hope nobody fell asleep.
And if the occasional Grammar interference left you uncertain of what I was trying to say, ask the Irish. 
I had to learn their language over the last week and maybe some interference with my German grammar might have inflicted the novel above.

One I can say it was worth coming.Thanks to the Organizers and OfficialsAnd ah yes the Teams Wife's last but not least.

Overall Around Ireland Offshore Powerboat Race 2010 Results

1st - Cinzano Bianco - Markus Hendicks & Eric Smiley
Legs Completed: 5
Total Time taken: 21 hours, 30 minutes, 32 seconds. 
Average speed 38.80 Knots
Total Distance: 834.5 nautical miles (nm)
2nd - Seawolf - Team Pulsar - Justin McInerney & Andrew Varley
Legs Completed: 4
Total Time Taken: 17 hours, 16 minutes, 38 seconds. 
Average speed 35.57 Knots
Total Distance: 614.5 nm
3rd - Wolf - Team Pulsar - Derek Stanley & Paul Lewis
Legs Completed: 4
Time taken: 17 hours, 35 minutes, 08 seconds. 
Average speed: 40.93 Knots
Total Distance: 614.5 nm
4th - Zoolander Blue Steel Racing - Gareth Tolan, John Ryan & Oisin Ryan
Legs Completed: 3
Time Taken: 15 hours, 02 minutes, 46 seconds. 
Average speed 29.87 Knots
Total Distance: 449.5 nm
5th - Dreamer - Philip Fitzgibbon & Michael Shanahan
Legs Completed: 2
Time taken: 9 hours, 19 minutes, 50 seconds. 
Average speed 31.03 Knots
Total Distance: 298.5 nm
6th - Galway Girl - Tom Montgomery Swan & Enda O'Coineen
Legs Completed: 2
Time taken: 9 hours, 7 minutes, 1 second. 
Average speed: 25.72 Knots
Total Distance: 234.5 nm


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