LONDON — The record-breaking Sunseeker XS Racing powerboat team of Ian Sanderson and Peter Dredge have been crowned "Power Yachtsmen of the Year" at the annual British
Nautical Awards. They were honored for setting nine world endurance records during 2001 in their production Sunseeker XS2000 powerboat.
Sponsored by Peters Plc, the award is among the highest honors accolades the powerboat world. Dredge and Sanderson also finished as runners-up to round-the-world yachtswoman Ellen MacArther in the overall "Yachtsman of the Year
Sanderson and Dredge began the year by establishing a UIM world 24-hour endurance record off Dubai by covering 636 miles at an average of 26.53 knots. They also set a six-hour record of 228 miles (average 38knots) at
the same time. They then came to the Isle of Wight, England, in July and not only shattered their initial 24-hour mark, but set additional records including:
Five laps of the Isle of Wight (250 nautical miles)
Ten Laps of the Isle of Wight (500 nautical miles)
Six-hour endurance record of 358 nautical miles (average 59.68 knots)
Twelve-hour endurance record of 650 nautical miles (average 54.2 knots)
Eighteen-hour endurance record of 857 nautical miles (average 47.6 knots)
Twenty-four-hour endurance record of 1,100 nautical miles (average 45.83 knots)
In August, the XS Racing team, which is sponsored by
KSI Financial Services, Sunseeker Germany, Lotus Cars, Nokia, Hilton Hotels, Reed Travel Exhibitions, MAN Trucks, and EP Barrus, went on to break the Round Britain record. Their time of 39 hours and 50 minutes for the 1440 n.miles, gave them an average of 36.15 knots and a seventh world benchmark within four weeks of high speed motor boating.
The 38-foot-long Sunseeker XS2000 powerboat currently is on display at the London International Boat Show. Later this month, the boat will be displayed at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in Germany.
Later this year, the XS Racing Team compete in the
European and World Endurance Racing Championship before launching the Sunseeker One-design "Arrive and Drive" Offshore Racing Series in Europe and the Middle East, which is scheduled to begin in 2003.