The Round Britain Offshore Power Boat Race has been completed, which saw the crews travelling 1,244 nautical miles around the UK after starting in Portsmouth Harbour on June 21st.
75 year old navigator Dag Pike and his Greek team-mates, Vassilis Pateras, Panos Tsikopoulos and Lefteris Vasilou were the overall winners in the boat Blue FPT on their return to Portsmouth with a combined race time of just over 20 hours. Despite not winning any of the legs their consistent performances gave them the overall race win.
Portsmouth Today quote Panos Tsikopoulos, a member of the crew from Blue FPT: ‘We feel very happy. We started feeling happy yesterday because we were ahead. But it’s not finished until you cross the line.’
‘It was a hard and tough race. Sometimes the weather and the sea conditions were not convenient.’
‘It was a first experience in British waters. We were looking for challenges like this one.’.