- Wed 17 Sep 2014
Estate Agents are rarely known for their power boating ability but Bradleys Penzance Manager, Nick Wilkinson, likes to buck the trend. Having been involved in the sport for a number of years at the highest level, Nick and his crew of 3 took part in one of the toughest power boat races there is, The Cowes Classic.
The Cowes Classic is the longest running offshore powerboat race which is now in its 55th year. It involves top class international teams racing from Cowes to Torquay and then back again, which is approximately 200 nautical miles. The stretch of water between the Solent and South Devon Coast is often regarded as one mean piece of water and that was reflected with 17 entrants, which unfortunately fell to 14 by the start, and only 12 that finished this prestigious race.
Following the race Nick commented ‘After 200 miles and 6 hours of racing, I have a rather aching body but that went really well! The conditions were really rough in places and at times we were probably 8 feet out of the water at over 50 mph! It was a great reception in Torquay, with Torbay Council offering their support for this amazing sporting challenge, and there were a number of people that saw the Bradleys sponsorship stickers and commented how they had sold or purchased through Bradleys!
Nick and his team of 3 finished second in their class, being beaten by the mighty 1250 HP Dry Martini and are now planning the next power boating event.
Nick’s boat, HTS Perkins, was built in 1969 for The Round Britain Race out of cedar wood and mahogany, with diesel engines. In 1971 she took the world water speed record for a diesel boat, in 1972 won The London to Monte Carlo Race, and was World Champion in 1979. Since then she resided in The National Powerboat Museum at Basildon until its recent closure. Nick has restored her, carrying out most of the work himself, to full race spec with a pair of 6.6 Litre turbo charged Perkins diesels, of 600hp.
Last year saw her take part in her first race in 34 years, the 750 mile Venture Cup. Nick came 8th overall, won his class and the environmental trophy. Later that year he also won the coveted Sonny Levi international trophy.
You can contact Nick in Penzance on 01736 360605 or by e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you are thinking or selling or letting a property where Nick and the team would be delighted to help you.
Bradleys Marketing Manager