The Electric Boat Association promotes and
encourages competitions and challenges
The Great Ouse Challenge
100.7 miles on one charge
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The flotilla arriving at St Ives
Over the 2015 August Bank holiday
weekend, Les Fidler of Westview Marina Earith achieved his personal challenge of
cruising from Bedford to Denver Sluice (then the return trip to Earith), a
distance of over 100 miles on one charge. Annie, Les and Elaine Fidler’s 27ft
cruiser has solar panels fitted to the roof to assist charging but the weather
for most of the weekend included torrential rain and very little sun to be seen.
Prof Stephen Gull’s boat Siren cruised the the length of the River Great Ouse
under electric power accompanied over shorter stages by Nick and Yvonne
Goldring’s Silent Adventure, and Cllr Ian Jackson’s Ripple. Les Fidler’s feat
drew large crowds when passing through St Ives and a joyous, if noisy, welcome
from the Town Crier.
Well done Les for demonstrating how far you can travel in an electric boat on
one charge – and well done to Graham Fidler, who supported his father by
kayaking the whole distance to keep him company – in spite of getting absolutely
soaked on the Monday!
Annie, Les and Elaine Fidler’s 27ft cruiser
Oyez!, Oyez!, Oyez!
Les Fidler, St Ives mayor councillor Ian Jackson &
Photo: Tom Rawlinson, St Ives Town
At Denver Sluice - mission accomplished!
Photo: Jeff Hide
- A 24 hour
Endurance Record was set by EBA members Pat and Paul Wagstaffe M.B.E. in their
29ft launch ‘Wagtail V’. Organised by EBA business member Thames Electric
Launch Company, the record was established covering 116 miles in 24 hours
on a single charge over a measured stretch of the River Thames near Goring.
July 2001 -
Richard and Anne Leeson, EBA members, offered their classic 1899 Andrews river launch ‘Pike’
for an Endurance Record attempt. Conducted in co-operation with the
Guinness Book of Records, the record attempt was carried out over the
same stretch of the Thames used in 1997 but this time the run lasted for 30
hours and covered 137 miles on a single charge..