World’s longest running offshore powerboat race
The Cowes Class Offshore powerboat race is recognised as one of powerboating’s toughest challenges. The 200-mile classic generally features around 20 boats with the winner completing the course in around three hours.
This year’s event will take place between the 5th and 6th of September and to coincide with the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS), the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC), the organisers of the Cowes Classic, have revealed that the start line will be from the Squadron.
It’s not the first time that the Squadron has played host to the start and finish line to some of the world’s greatest yacht and powerboat racers.
Rob Edwards will return for a sixth consecutive year as Race Officer of the Day and said: “I am absolutely delighted that we can give the Cowes locals, spectators and our racers such an amazing spectacle as they cross the line at full speed this year, I need to thank all those that helped to make it possible.”
This year’s fleet of racers will assemble at the Cowes Yacht Haven on Saturday 5th September for technical inspection, which is free for the public to watch.
Activity will commence from 8.45am on the Sunday ahead of the race start time of 9am.
Former British champion Richard Carr (boat pictured above) raced in the highly controversial 1991 race, which was sponsored by his company Allied Leisure. Remarkably only nine boats finished from the 23 starters, with 12 retiring and two more disqualified.
Richard crossed the line in fifth place, but was promoted to second thanks to the aforementioned beneficiary.
Richard discussed the events of the race in an earlier blog post.
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.
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