Southern Isles Challenge
A new powered craft World Record was set 20 July 06.
The Southern Isles
Challenge Cup is a new record attempt to circumnavigate all the islands
south of mainland Britain in the fastest time using the least amount
fuel. The record was set by Matthew Sillifant of Boat Mapping Ltd and
co-pilot Mike Connor of MRL in a Stingher RIB using a pair of the latest
Suzuki 175 hp 4-stroke outboards.
The challenge has not been an easy record to set. Having already aborted
attempt back in June due to rough seas and fog, Matthew Sillifant and
co-pilot once again encountered force 4-5 weather, rough squalls and
seas. Matthew Sillifant explained 'the Southern Isles Challenge Cup
real test of strategic planning, navigation and physical endurance,
essentially its a balance between speed and fuel consumption. You have
combine all these elements and then pray the weather holds out to even
a chance of completing the course. We are thrilled to set this record,
lot of hard work has gone into organising it, but it has all been worth
while now we have completed it and I think it will be hard for others
The inventors of the Challenge have devised a points system relating
consumption, so it is not necessarily the fastest boat that will take the
title. Matthew Sillifant explained, 'these days everyone is much more aware not
only of fuel costs but also the impact on the environment and this is particularly
true in the commercial maritime sector'.
Matthew Sillifant record time included 3 re-fuelling stops whilst
the 540-mile record voyage, using 1290 litres of fuel. The bad weather and
rough sea state play its part by increasing fuel consumption as the
outboards had to continually to accelerate and de-accelerate as they battled
though the steep seas which had not been forecasted.
The record was achieved in a total time of 20 hours and 32 minutes.
challenge was completed with the latest Suzuki 175hp 4-stroke outboards
powering the 8m Stingher RIB. Matthew Sillifant said 'the Suzuki outboards
provided optimum power to weight ratio and fuel consumption, an essential
quality for this unique record attempt and their performance, never missing
a beat throughout, will make it a tough record to break'.
Challengers can select their own route round the Isle of Wight, Alderney,
Jersey, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles but the course must be completed
within a 24-hour period. The inventors of the Challenge have devised
points system relating to fuel consumption, so it's not necessarily
fastest boat that will take the title.
Challenge Point formula = (Distance traveled x Avg Speed x Fuel consumed
x Total stop time x Total time in minutes) / 100000.
Contact the RYA for further details and to register an attempt.