THE WATER CRAFT MAKITA CORDLESS CANOE CHALLENGE
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.