Cowes Classic appoints new event director

This year’s Cowes Torquay Cowes offshore powerboat race will be under the stewardship of a new event director it was announced this month.

New vision

Dorian Griffith has successfully held the post for the past two years and will pass the reins over to Martin Levi ahead of this year’s race.

Martin, who is the son of Sonny Levi, is highly recognised in the sport for his genius in designing high performance race and leisure boats. He will operate from his Cowes home ‘The Prospect’ accompanied by his wife Laura who is the British Powerboat Racing Club Director and Secretary.

Speaking to the islandecho.co.uk, outgoing event director Dorian said:

“It has been a fantastic couple of years, I’m proud that we have re-introduced the traditional Royal Yacht Squadron start, brought the Cowes Poole Cowes race back and put a sustainable financial model in place for future years”.

Martin added: “The 2016 Cowes Torquay Cowes race could be the best for many years.

“We already know of some amazing boats being rigged with the intention of capturing the Beaverbrook Trophy.

“I thank Dorian for his tireless work over the last couple of years and look forward to welcoming him and his BlastOff Racing Team to Cowes on September the 4th’.

“I can confirm that the BPRC will be running 2 traditional Offshore races, the Cowes Torquay Cowes and the Cowes Poole Cowes with the usual social functions that make this historic event so very special.”

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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