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The inaugural motorboat race meeting was held during Oulton Broad Regatta Week on Thursday 20th August 1903 as part of the sailing programme organised by the The Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club, under the auspices of the Norfolk Automobile & Launch Club. This was the third race meeting to be held in East Anglia, the two previous having been held during the Wroxham Broad Regatta. Six motorised launches competed in the single heat handicap race which was won by the steam launch Monarch driven by Mr. T. Jary.

In the same time a proposed offshore race off Lowestoft was cancelled due to rough conditions, but it eventually took place the following year. In 1905 this event was moved inshore to Oulton Broad and organised by the British Motor Boat Club. This first meeting entirely devoted to motorboats was won by Mr. F. Shepherd in his 19ft launch Betty powered by a 20hp Brooke inboard who took home the W. Brooke & Co. Trophy.

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All racing was terminated on the outbreak of WW1, and it was not until September 1929 that offshore racing was resumed at Lowestoft with the first running of the Daily Mirror Trophy, but due to rough conditions the event was postponed for several years.

The Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club was founded in 1933 by local dentist Charlie Nichols and organised its first race meeting in September of that year. The Mirror newspaper was again persuaded to sponsor the trophy with a £100 first prize, and it was transferred to Oulton Broad in 1936. The starting gun was fired 4000 miles away in the USA from outside his boathouse by world water speed record holder Gar Wood, the sound being transmitted by transatlantic telephone. The winner was George Treglown in his 250cc Johnson powered hydroplane Black Magic. The American Treglown family, who lived on the edge of the Broad, were prominent pre-war racers and members of the first British team to compete in overseas outboard events in Europe and the USA during the late 1930’s. Edward Treglown also organised speed record attempts on the New Cut at Haddiscoe, setting a national 350cc B class record of 37.07 mph. In 1937 the Club organised its first international race which attracted a 3-boat team from Germany for the Daily Mirror Trophy. For the 6pentrance fee a crowd of 10,000 saw a fantastic speed of 32.23 mph reached by the winner Geoff Holt, a member of the Lancashire Club, who beat 23 entrants heats driving the 350cc Johnson powered Jeep.

Around 1948 one of the best known craft of the local racing scene appeared on the Broad Toby Suttons Lycoming powered Whisso-Bang. Her fame spread far and wide attracting visitors en-masse to the park. Whisso was superseded by another spectacular inboard hydroplane Rooster. This fiery boat was probably one of the biggest influences of many drivers. Big, noisy and fast, it had everything to appeal to spectators.

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The Club received a boost at this time when Guy Batholomew, a director of the Daily Mirror newspaper, became interested in the racing whilst on holiday in the area. Keen to revive racing after the war, he commissioned Alan Darby to build six identical single step hydroplanes powered by British Anzani 350cc engines. These craft were hired at £10 for the season to local businessmen during the early 1950s. The idea proved a tremendous success because the following year these drivers went out and bought their own outfits. The popularity of inboard racing continued into the 1960’s thanks to the Albatross Marine concern at St Olaves who produced a range of aluminium runabouts.

By 1970 inboard runabout racing had disappeared although the Albatross is still very popular with members of the Classic Motor Boat Club. The inboards were superseded by outboard runabouts which were easily to maintain with numerous craft being constructed by the Yarmouth based Toby Marine (of Rooster fame) and by Yarecraft at Gorleston, owned by Frank and Francis Holmes. The 1960s also saw the introduction of inboard hydro racing with Nigel Bilton dominating the 1000ccImp powered category, finishing runner-up in the World R1 Championship at Nottingham in 1981.

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At this time the runabout class saw a major change of direction in hull design when the first catamaran appeared on the Broad, when Pat Atkinson from Yarmouth acquired Akamo from Austrian boat builder Dieter Schulze. He was later joined by Bob Spalding and Tom Percival who went on to gain international success as works drivers for the major engine manufacturers. Bob became the Club’s first World Champion when he won the Formula 1 series in 1980. A major milestone in the Clubs history occurred in 1985 with a visit by Her Majesty the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Philip, who watched a drive-past of racing boats.

The outboard hydroplane section was revitalised in 1980 when Rex King introduced the 350cc Yamato motor from Japan, a class later adopted by the UIM (the world governing body) for international competition. Having organised several ordinary international races over the years, the Club was finally awarded its first major U.I.M. titled meeting when it successfully organised the World OSY.400 Championship in 1998. Competitors from as far afield as China, U.S.A. and Estonia competed in a outstanding event, with the overall title going to Marian Jung from Slovakia. The Club organised as second World OSY.400 Championship in 2007 with local driver Sean Barnard taking the title in spectacular style.

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RACE CONTROL The racing is controlled from the Clubhouse where there is a large diameter clock facing up the Broad  which is synchronised with our new computer timing system. Two minutes prior to the start of the heat a siren will sound and a series of coloured lights are displayed from the start-line. Three numbered discs are also displayed, these are turned at minute intervals. The clock commences to revolve one minute prior to the start, and continues to turn until the entire field has started. Competitors starting before their allocated handicap time may be disqualified or penalised a lap. Points are awarded to all competitors who receive the chequered flag.

THE CIRCUIT The 2-buoy course is 1069 meters in circumference. The Wherry Buoy near the Yacht Station requires considerable throttle easing whilst the Top Buoy can be taken at a slightly faster pace. A very high tide may necessitate a shorter circuit.

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There is a beautiful waterside park to explore, which is a great place to watch the regular powerboat and yacht racing and is also home to the Lowestoft Museum.  You can also relax and admire the view from waterside pubs and restaurants, browse the village’s independent shops, or entertain the kids at a popular petting zoo.

Within walking distance of Oulton Broad is one of our National Park’s most important wetlands, the fantastic Carlton and Oulton Marshes nature reserve. Lowestoft’s award winning sandy beach and traditional seafront are also easily accessible from Oulton Broad, as is Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park.

Oulton Broad is one of the highlights of the Southern Broads and can be reached by following Oulton Dyke from the River Waveney. Flanked by pretty Nicholas Everitt Park, riverside houses, marinas, hotels and restaurants the broad eventually flows out to the sea at Lowestoft via Lake Lothing, which is connected to the broad by a lock.

Nicholas Everitt Park is perhaps the best place to relax by the waterside, with a host of entertainment and nature opportunities.It has a beautiful setting that’s perfect for a stroll, to feed the ducks, and fish. You can listen to bands playing from the bandstand on Sunday afternoons and there are plenty of spots to grab a cup of tea and ice cream as well as a children’s play area.

The park is home to the Lowestoft Museum, which is housed inside the Broad House Grade II listed building that dates back to 1685.  The free museum, which is open 1-4pm, has one of the world’s largest collections of 18 th century Lowestoft Porcelain and details famous characters linked with Lowestoft – including composer Benjamin Britten and writer George Burrow. 01502 511457.

For a sheer adrenaline rush make sure you watch the thrilling powerboat racing which is held on the broad every Thursday evening from 6pm throughout the summer and on many Bank Holidays. The broad is also home to the Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club which races every Sunday and on Wednesday evenings. They also hold the major Oulton Week regatta at the end of August, which attracts dozens of visiting yachts.

If you are looking for a way to entertain the kids, head to Pets Corner Farm Park on Bridge Road, where there are lots of animals to pet and learn about as well as a tea hut. 01502 563533.

Those looking to have even more fun on the water may want to check out Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre, which offers sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

The main village of Oulton Broad is well worth exploring with plenty of eateries and independent shops – ranging from butcher’s to gift shops and  a chandlery. The village also has a train station, which is the easiest way to reach Lowestoft (See Daytrips).

Oulton Broad Yacht Station Charges £5 for a short stay and £10-26 overnight. Showers, toilets and laundry service available. Water and electric charges apply. 01502 574946.

The Commodore pub and restaurant moorings The £10 per night mooring fee is redeemable against food. 01502 508231.

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No. 142 Cafe & Bar Patisserie and cafe serving hand-made cakes, light lunches and afternoon teas. Open every day 9am-6pm.

The Commodore pub and restaurant Pub and restaurant with a garden overlooking the broad.Serves burgers, pizzas and more. Pub moorings with fee redeemable against food (see moorings). 01502 508231 .

The Copper Smoke House Family friendly wood smoke restaurant with a garden overlooking Nicholas Everitt Park. 01502 589843.

Quayside Bar & Restaurant Waterside pub and restaurant serving traditional pub food with a good children’s menu using local produce. Real ales and live music nights.01502 500895.

Wherry Hotel Family friendly carvery overlooking Oulton Broad.  Also serves traditional pub fayre, light bites and English breakfast. Real ales available. 01502 516845.

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Here is a list of the on going Oulton Broads Power Boat Racing fixtures:-

Thursday 17th July 6.00pm

Thursday 24th July 6.00pm

Thursday 31st July 5.45pm

Thursday 7th August 5.30pm

Thursday 14th August 5.30pm

Monday 25th August 4.00pm

Sunday 7th September 12.00noon

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Lap Records @ Oulton Broad

The outright lap record here at Oulton Broad was set by the late  Tom Percival  at just over 27 seconds, driving a Formula 1 Hodges catamaran powered by 3500cc V8 Evinrude outboard on 27 June 1978. Other class records are as follow:

GT.30 (short curcuit)

Clubman Mono

Formula 1 / 2.5 Ltr

Formula 1 / 3.5 Ltr

Thomas MANTRIPP

Nigel STOPFORTH

Wayne TURNER

Paul JILLINGS

Luke HUGMAN

Ashley PENFOLD

Simon EMMERSON

Peter MANTRIPP

Jonny BREWER

Derrick ISSIT

Mette Brandt BJERKNAES

Tom PERCIVAL

Hull  /  Motor

Mosquito / GRM Trombetta / GRM

Trombetta VRP

Andick / GRM

Trombetta / GRM

Molgaard / Konny

BaBa / Yamato

Povvat / Tohatsu

Tornado / Yamaha

Molgaard / Mercury

Burgess / Johnson

Moore / Mercury

DAC / Mercury

Hodges / Evinrude

Time  /  Year

45.94 secs.  /  2019

48.05 secs.  /  2017

34.72 secs.  /  2014

35.96 secs.  /  2014

31.97 secs.  /  2024

34.62 secs.  /  2006

48.60 secs.  /  2015

46.00  secs.  /  2016

54.69 secs.  /  2023

38.70 secs.  /  2018

46.76  secs.  /  2001

44.60 secs.  /  2010 

42.83 secs.  /  2022

36.30 secs.  /  1988

29.11 secs.  /  2021

27.94   secs.  /  2023

27.78 secs.  /  1984

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