Easy Rider

 

Easy Rider

We've got a 1971 Avenger 21, which was raced in the early 70s, named 'Easy Rider'. Its claim to fame is that it was the only boat to complete the whole course of the 1971 Putney to Calais powerboat race.
 

The boat was advertised as Cordite and was the winner of the Putney - Calais - Putney race. A bit of research on the internet and in particular the powerboatarchive2.co.uk website, showed that Cordite was Steve Bakers 23ft Phantom, which did take part in the Putney Calais race in 1972. The measurements were checked, just in case, and it measured 21ft which confirmed that the boat wasn't Cordite. However, Cordite did have a Rover engine and had the race number 088. So, if the boat wasn't Cordite, what was it? The advert also said the boat was an Avenger 21 which made more sense. Going back to the powerboat archives an Avenger 21, 'Easy Rider', with a Volvo race leg, did take part in the 1971 Putney Calais race and was the only boat to complete the course, technically winning, but actually came second overall in the race.

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