Sea Sure celebrates podium win in the Cowes-Poole-Cowes powerboat race
Southampton-based manufacturer Sea Sure is celebrating success as both first and second place craft in last weekend’s BPRC Cowes Poole Cowes offshore powerboat race were fitted with its SHOCK-WBV units.
World-renowned powerboat designer Adam Younger and crew Amy Rickards took 1st place in the 93.70nm offshore powerboat race from Cowes IOW to Poole and back, with Younger’s Northstar powerboat featuring two SHOCK-WBV C series suspension mechanisms manufactured by Sea Sure in Southampton. SHOCK-WBV units were also onboard Lee Ornsby’s Top Banana, which took the second spot on the podium.
“Lee was one of the first offshore powerboat racers to get in contact with us to see if we could help reduce the shock and vibration caused by repeated large wave impacts whilst racing,” says Graham Brown, managing director at SHOCK-WBV Ltd & Sea Sure Ltd. “It has been great to work with Lee and Ross over the last four years, the feedback on the set up and performance ha been invaluable to the success of the SHOCK-WBV range.”
“Five years ago, we set out to improve the ride comfort onboard my Beneteau Merry Fisher 625, and now our units are onboard boats that are winning offshore powerboat races. We are all incredibly proud of where we have come in such a short period, it’s a testament to our design team and the hundreds of hours spent testing the products.”
All SHOCK-WBV products are manufactured in Southampton UK by Sea Sure. The three mechanical suspension units in the range all use shock absorbers manufactured by world leader Fox factory to reduce shock and vibration caused by repeated wave impacts. The C, P & R series units all use the same race-winning geometry and materials but differ in size to suit different seating types, from jockey seats to large commercial chairs.
“The SHOCK-WBV suspension seats worked really well and I’m sure I would be feeling a lot worse today if it was back to the old days of being in floor-mounted seats!” commented Adam Younger.
“The performance, quality and product support is second to none, we simply couldn’t do it without them,” says Lee Ornsby.
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