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Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in High-performance, Powerboat Racing, UK, US |

Peters and May Farm Youth Leagues for Powerboat Racing Talent

An 11-year-old British speedster and his cousin will represent the yacht-transport company on the racecourse.

Peters and May, the United Kingdom-based leader in global powerboat transportation logistics, backs close to 20 teams in powerboat racing—including its own Unlimited hydroplane. But the international company is as much about growing the various factions of powerboat racing from the grassroots level as it is about promoting and supporting the sport at the highest levels.

Ben Jelf will be sponsored by Peters and May

Ben Jelf will be sponsored by Peters and May

To that end, Peters and May Racing most recently signed on 11-year-old Ben Jelf and his 13-year-old cousin Beth Stoneman. The two will race under the Peters and May umbrella this season.

Though Jelf has only been racing outboard-engine-powered boats for three years, he is Britain’s youngest-ever world champion. He holds the titles of Union Internationale Motonautique GT51 World and European Champion, and JT 250 National and Sprint Champion. Jelf also holds the S250 and GT15 World and British Speed Record titles.

While Stoneman enters her rookie season this year, she has already demonstrated significant skill and determination—enough for Peters and May to back the Jelf Racing program, which handles both of the young racers.

Beth Stoneman

Beth Stoneman

“We are committed to supporting powerboat racing from the grass roots up,” said Dave Holley, the chief executive officer of Peters and May, in a press release from the company. “It is a privilege to be involved with a talented and motivated driver such as Ben, who will drive the sport to a wider audience in the future.”

To promote powerboat racing among young people, Peters and May works closely with the Union Internationale Motonautique and the Royal Yacht Association, and is a Funding Partner of the UIM Youth Development Program.

“There is no better example of what we hope to achieve through the UIM and RYA programs than Ben,” said Holley.

As for Jelf, he already is showing maturity beyond his years—as he does on the racecourse—in regard to the sponsorship. “I’m taking this opportunity Peters and May has given me very seriously,” he said. “I can’t guarantee that I will win races, but I can guarantee that I will give my one-hundred-percent best at every event.”

- Matt Trulio