Issued: 8th February 2010
Attached image credit/caption: Chris Davies snapped these three Scorpions on Loch Ness during the 2008 Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Race. No less than seven Scorpions entered and completed the Race.
Scorpion RIBs awarded RYA Offshore Sponsors Trophy
At the glittering annual RYA Powerboat Awards presentation held at the De Vere Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth on Saturday evening, Patrick Byrne, the Managing Director of Lymington-based Scorpion RIBs, was extremely surprised, honoured and delighted to be announced as the recipient of the Offshore Sponsors Trophy selected by the RYA’s Offshore Racing Committee.
Patrick was presented with the Award by the legendary solo round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who tried his hand at powerboat racing in the 2009 Cowes Torquay Cowes Race as navigator for one of the evening’s co-presenters, top female powerboat champion, Shelley Jory-Leigh in a Scorpion Sting, a 10m RIB.
Patrick Byrne is a huge supporter and devotee of RIBs and their capabilities when it comes to offshore cruising and racing.
“I knew and trusted the calibre of these boats long before I got involved with the business, having cruised extensively and also done some racing in Scorpions over a number of years. It’s all about making the very best product you can and we’re focusing everything on building and delivering the very best there is. One of my roles is to expand on the excellent brand loyalty that Scorpion already enjoys by introducing our credentials and our boats to a wider public, and some carefully targeted sponsorship can help,” states Patrick.
In 2009, the name of Scorpion again made its mark on the Cowes Torquay Cowes Classic reaping just rewards by taking the 2nd (Mike Deacon) and 4th (Team Scorpion) places overall and Team Scorpion achieving first in its class maintaining an average speed of 99.2% of its maximum. (51.6 knots average, top speed 52 knots). Competition was fierce and in the end the conditions proved just too much for some of the leading boats who fell by the wayside. Only nine out of the 20 boats that crossed the start line made it home to Cowes.
To claim two of the top four positions overall is a true testament to the design and build capabilities at Scorpion RIBs and to these boats’ endurance capabilities. At the end of the race Patrick remarked, “This is a very tough endurance race which took place in very rough weather and of the two boats entered, one is race tuned and the other is a standard off-the-shelf production boat. What a result!”
This June, Patrick will be amongst twenty or so RIB enthusiasts starting the ten-day Great British RIB Rally from Portland. This is the realisation of another Patrick Byrne initiative; to bring together a band of likeminded RIB enthusiasts for a cruise in company around the stunning coastline of the British Isles and by doing so also providing a platform to raise funds for the Hospice movement, a cause close to his heart.
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