It started as a silly idea: a weekend tournament for boats, any kind of boats under 16’ (5.3m), powered solely by cordless workshop power tools, racing against each other at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show. And funnily enough, over the past 5 years the silly idea has become more serious with some boats now purpose-designed and built for the Cordless Canoe Challenge (CCC) – maybe that’s down to the great power tool prizes from sponsors Makita UK. For 2018, we’ll have:
ON THE SATURDAY MORNING:
The Scratch Class with shortish races around the buoys for entries using ‘unadulterated’ production hulls driven by any cordless tools with a combined total of no more than 18 volts of battery power. And the winners also get to compete with the big boys…
ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON:
In the Custom Class, racing twice round a 600m course with buoys to negotiate, against the previous CCC champions who have designed and built their own sleek racing machines with no limits on the number or power of the cordless tools driving them.
THEN ALL DAY SUNDAY:
In the Cordless Blue Riband, the challengers race not against each other but against the clock, to beat the World Speed Record for Cordless Canoes, set last year by Dennis Adcock in his little 8′ (2.4m) cat propelled by two Makita 18 volt brushless drills – pictured above – at an astonishing 10.32mph!
CAN YOU BEAT OUR WORLD RECORD?
For the full CCC 2018 rules, see the November/December issue of Water Craft or go to: www.watercraft-magazine.com where you’ll also find videos of our previous CCC tournaments.
Enjoy a vehicle event including everything from steam and traction, vintage motorcycles, vintage cars and buses. The emphasis will be on a relaxed atmosphere with the opportunity for vehicle owners to mingle and share stories with boat owners and enthusiasts.
The involvement of groups coming as, and representing a club or marque, would be welcomed as well as those owner/driver individuals.
With vintage stalls, entertainment, a central show area and much more get yourself booked in for this great weekend!
Please enjoy this sneak preview of what to expect at the 2018 Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show.
The Thames Vintage Boat Club was founded at Old Windsor in March 1983 to provide a club and forum for all types of traditionally built craft; to seek to encourage their restoration, maintenance, and above all, their use, and also to produce and maintain an historical record of all traditional craft on the river Thames. See more at http://www.thamesvintageboatclub.com/
There will be another wonderful display of boats from club members at Beale Park in 2018.
Lots of things to do on and around the lake: take out a canoe, hold a tarantula, meet the Newfoundland dogs, have a go at Archery and so much more! All under 17s get free access… book your tickets here: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/bealeparkboatshow/
When Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding launched its stylish open day boat, the Duchy 21, at last year’s Southampton Boat Show, the Cornish boatbuilder received a number of commissions.
Having recently delivered its third to the Norfolk Broads, Cockwells now turns its attention to the Berkshire area and is delighted to be showcasing the Duchy 21 at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show, which takes place between 2 and 4 June.
Duchy Motor Launches are classically-designed, handcrafted, semi-production vessels that are created in the Duchy of Cornwall by Cockwells’ skilled craftsmen whose design flair, expertise and exacting standards are second-to-none. This model is the second in Cockwells’ Duchy Motor Launch series, following the success of its flagship, the popular Duchy 27. The Duchy 21 reached the finals of this year’s Classic Boat awards.
With her ample cockpit space for up to ten guests, the Duchy 21 has been created specifically for spending quality time on the water with friends and family, and offers the perfect platform for cruising and relaxing; for day trips and picnics. Waterproof cushions can be added to create a forward double sunbed. The sunbed can be converted into a spacious overnight double berth or a fully-enclosed cockpit when skies turn grey with ingenious sprayhoods that have been deftly engineered to disappear when not in use to preserve the Duchy 21’s sleek appearance.
“We provide the elegantly designed, low maintenance composite hull and you customise it your way,” explains Founder and Managing Director, Dave Cockwell. “If you are after the polished styling and relaxed handling of a custom build without the high-end price tag, there is no better boat on the market. From custom-made stainless steel fittings and choice of timber for the interior joinery to the colour of the upholstery fabric, we go through every detail with you to ensure that your Duchy 21 is exactly how you want it to be – a classic launch for a modern world that chimes perfectly with your way of life.”
Built in low-maintenance composites and powered by either diesel engine or electric motor, the highly versatile Duchy 21 is a capable sea-going boat that is also ideal for Thames boaters. She can be towed on a road trailer and launched almost anywhere – on the river, at the coast, or on a lake.
If you would like to view the Duchy 21 for yourself, pop along to Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show and visit Gillian Nahum of Henley Sales & Charter Ltd, who is representing Cockwells at the event. Gillian can be contacted on 0781 391 7730. For further information about Duchy Motor Launches, visit http://cockwells.co.uk/duchy-launches/the-fleet/duchy-21/
Locally based family business providing all aspects of boat valeting and boat cleaning. The company was established on the Thames in 1998 and covers all Thames based marinas and boat owners.
Where possible they specialise in the use of environmentally friendly products produced by themselves and marketed under the Ensearch label. Meet them at the show and see more at: www.grpro-clean.co.uk.