Jim Flynn arrived in Cooma when he was 5 years old and has resided in Cooma continuously except during the 1939/45 war years.
Jim first became interested in speedboats after being a spectator at Cooma’s 1st Regatta at Lake Eucumbene in 1957. Between 1957 and 1986 Jim competed in many races in a number of different boats but it really wasn’t until he set himself up with a 5m Dancraft tunnel deck mono-hulled boat that he hit the big time.
This boat had a Stock Standard 140 H.P. Johnson Outboard Motor (1632cc) with an adapted 25” Record Propeller and Jim’s racing began in earnest.
From 1984 until he retired from racing in 1995, Jim’s boat, “Rebound”, was unbeaten in its class.
Jim first competed in the Australian Power Boat Association Championships in 1986 and in that first year won the Victorian State Championships at Paynesville with wins in the 1800cc Mono Hull, Open Hull and Super Sports. Other major victories followed including:
1987 and 1988 victories in the Victorian Championships at Laanecoorie Weir and at Lake Eppalock plus a third in 1987 at the Australian Championships at Toukley.
1988 brought major placings in the N.S.W. Outboard Championships at Lake Keepit at Tamworth, victories in 1989 in the N.S.W. Championships at Gosford Aquatic Club and a second in the 2000cc Open Hull at the Australian Outboard Championships at Griffith. Other victories followed in N.S.W. and Australian Championships including ski and race trophies.
During 35 years of racing Jim competed between Rockhampton in Queensland and Glen Maggie Weir in Victoria winning innumerable Point Score Trophies which are awarded to the most consistent competitor. One of Jim’s treasured trophies was won at Lismore and the inscription reads “Outstanding Driver – Jim Flynn – Rebound."