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Davidge and Osborne savour maiden win in Around the Island Powerboat Race

Ryan Davidge and co-pilot Andrew Osborne could barely contain their joy after claiming line honours in the ‘FB' Class during the Annual Rubis Around the Island Powerboat Race.

The dynamic duo were the first to complete the new 54.2 mile racecourse in their Batboat, covering the distance in a time of 46 minutes and 56 seconds to claim bragging rights in their respective division and enjoy the distinction of reaching Ferry Reach first.

“I was so sure someone was going to catch us,” an elated Davidge said. “We had good speed. It wasn't huge, it was a consistent speed all the way around.

“We put in a lot of work in the last couple of weeks, and it's paid off. This is just amazing!”

Co-pilot Osborne added: “I still have goose bumps about it. The boat ran strong consistently all day and Ryan did a great job.

“We talked back and forth the whole time and I kept giving him the line and he kept asking questions and we worked together and obviously it worked out well for us.”

Davidge and Osborne flirted with disaster near the finish line.

“We were a little excited coming in and didn't trim it (engine) quite enough as we came into the pylons (at the entrance of Ferry Reach) and got a little untidy,” Davidge said. “I kept my foot in it (throttle) a little bit and these boats are hard to turn because of the way they are designed, so we were bouncing back and forth a bit.”

Fortunately, the duo survived their ordeal and completed the race without further incident.

Steven Eversley and co-pilot Brandon Franks ran the fastest time in their Batboat, covering the course in a blistering 41 minutes and 14 seconds to run away with line honours in ‘D' Class.

Brothers Mark and David Selley powered their Phantom to line honours in the ‘SD' Class after crossing the finish in 47 minutes and 24 seconds.

The father and son team of Jody and Tony Carreiro won line honours in the ‘A' Class in their 19-foot Ringcraft in a time of one hour, four minutes and 42 seconds respectively.

Of the 18 boats that registered for the race, 13 started after five withdrew at the last minute due to mechanical failure.

Two boats did not finish the race.

Quincy Dowling's ‘SD' Class Ringcraft suffered mechanical failure near Devonshire Dock while Keith Bridge's ‘S' Class Skater was forced out of the race after losing a steering plate bolt between Castle Roads and the Oil Docks.

“The 2013 Rubis Energy race was pretty good considering some of the entries we lost,” said race director Ernie Mello. “It was a good race and they (participants) managed the course well.

“Thanks to Bermuda Maritime Operations, the Bermuda Police and Bermuda Regiment and sponsors Rubis Energy whom without we would not be able to do this race.”

Ryan Davidge and Andrew Osborne won line honors in the 'FB 'Class and were the first to complete this year's Rubis Around the Island Powerboat Race (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm (Updated August 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm)

Davidge and Osborne savour maiden win in Around the Island Powerboat Race

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