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Formula 4 / 4S Cockpit Safety Requirments

RYA Circuit Rule Book

M.2 HULL (Page 69)

2.1 From 1st January 2013 all F4 boats will be required to have a minimum of 1000nm safety cell rating. It is highly recommended that competitors comply with current UIM standards.

2.2. UIM F4S Class is approved to race in this category and must comply with UIM Rules at all times.

UIM Circuit Rulebook 2013

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T850 Safety Brief

T850 Safety

Some T850 boats have to have the following modifications fitted to comply with new Cockpit compliance rules as per RYA Rules.

This only applies to the Bristol and Hustler hulls without the vertical lip on the sides. A modification has been devised which basically consists as a pair of 100mm deep by 40mm wide box sections along the open section of the cockpit but ensuring the minimum height from the steering wheel to behind the seat.

The fibreglass thickness is 3 mm for the top section and the base consists of 8mm plywood bonded in, then glassed over with a further 2 layers of strand mat.

The section is secured by four M6 bolts at 35mm centres, and bonded to the upper deck with industrial grade adhesive.

Tested under Race conditions the modification was a total success, not only giving the added protection but also increased rigidity to the upper deck, at minimal extra weight.

Hulls which already comply and therefore need no modification are

Tornado, Torenvliet, Grupstra and  Blu Fin.

Please note the minimum cockpit depth is that of the Tornado which is 464 mm.

Attached photo showing the comparison between the Tornado (71) and a Bristol (7) with the white sides added.right hander (3)

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2014 Motor Boat Weekend 

Saturday May 3rd

11am          Lets Talk Engines
Kevin from Marine Motors Cork. 

12pm         Safety at sea
Use of flares and safety equipment.

1.30pm      Briefing

2pm           Treasure Hunt and Poker Run on Kenmare Bay

8pm            Boaters Evening at Shutters on the Pier Dromquinna

Presentation and talk with Alan Priddy
Alan is a British power boat sailor and adventurer who has set several boating world records. Alan circumnavigated the world in a rigid-hulled inflatable  boat and is currently spearheading the first Great Britain Vs USA Powerboat World Record Circumnavigation. 

9pm            Waterfront screening of Perfect Storm

Fork Supper and film €30
Proceeds to Derrynane Inshore Rescue

Sunday May 4th

10.30am      Bull Run Briefing

11am           The Bull Run for Fun
The Annual Bull Run for Fun departs to the Bull Rock.  A 74 nautical mile cruise to the famous landmark in the Atlantic.  

7.30pm        Party & Prize giving at Shutters on the Pier


 To register your participation please email,

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