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Aviator Couple Take Championship Title at the 15th Annual Alderney Air Races

The British Air Racing Champion for 2011 was decided on the 24th and 25th September, when the last in a series of eight races staged around Britain, took place in Alderney.

The event, sponsored by Aurigny Air Services and the States of Alderney attracted pilots from Britain, Ireland, France and as far afield as Palma, Majorca, who took to the air for two handicap races in an attempt to become the British Air Racing Champion for 2011.

After two gripping days of racing the 2011 British Air Racing Champion title was awarded to a husband and wife duo Mr and Mrs Boot from the Isle of Man. The pilot, Geoffrey Boot and his wife Suzie who was navigating stole the race in their Siai Machetti SF260 which reached speeds of 203 mph during the races.

Geoffrey Boot said, "We have been air racing for twenty years, and it is quite an accolade to win the British Air Racing Championship for the first time, especially with the season finishing in such a wonderful place as Alderney. This is the 2nd time winning the European Championship, the previous time being in 2000. We are absolutely thrilled to have won it again and it was all down to the last race here."

The flying couple also won five other awards and took home a selection of trophies, cups and plates.

Both Alderney races involved six laps of a 100 mile circuit that follows the island's south coast to Fort Raz, across to Fort Albert and the Breakwater, the island of Burhou, around the Les Casquets lighthouse and then due east back to the airport.

Ralph Burridge, Race Event Coordinator said "That really was a cracking weekend". So said Peter Earp, the event co-ordinator of the Royal Aero Club Racing Team, a sentiment with which I whole-heartedly agree. The weather was ideal for racing, with light winds and good visibility. Apart from being the venue of the final race at which both the British and the European Championships are decided, by having the largest number of aircraft racing than at any other venue during the season, the racing community gave Alderney another 'feather in its cap."

Pete Cunningham of Aurigny Air Services said "Thank you all for coming, you always seem to bring great weather with you. We look forward to seeing you next year, when Aurigny will continue to sponsor this event."

Attachments - photographs taken by Joanna Parmentier

  • 15th Annual Alderney Air Races
  • 2011 British Air Racing Champion