Cowes-Torquay-Cowes announces 2015 schedule

One of the world’s greatest and longest running powerboat races the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes has announced its plans for 2015.

What is the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes

The Cowes Torquay Cowes has long been recognised as one of powerboat racings toughest challenges. In terms of sporting comparisons, the race has been mentioned in the same breath as Le Mans and the Indy 500.

Normally around 20 boats race between Cowes and Torbay, with the race generally lasting around three hours.

The race, which will be 55 years-old this summer, is the brainchild of newspaper tycoon and World War 2 fighter pilot, Sir Max Aitken.

The first on August 27th took seven hours and 17 minutes to complete and was won by Thunderbolt, a Christina-hull craft driven by the former saloon-car racer Tommy Sopwith.


This year’s fleet of boats will meet on Saturday 5 September at the Cowes Yacht Haven for the standard technical inspection. Whilst making their final preparations for the race, race-goers have been invited to watch all the last-minute prep from the neighbouring North Basin.

The racing will commence on the Sunday when the racing fleet with gather to the east of Cowes Harbour Entrance at around 8.45am. At speed and in a convoy, the boats will pass between Snowden and Trinity House buoys before starting the race to the north of Gurnard cardinal buoy at 9am.

Race boats are expected to return on a reciprocal course through the Western Solent between 14:30 and 17:30 in the afternoon, finishing north of Gurnard cardinal buoy.

Past experiences

Having finished in the top three of the Cowes Torquay Cowes in 1991, Richard Carr knows exactly what it takes to compete. Speaking via his website, he said: “There are two offshore powerboat races in the world that every power boat throttle man or driver wants to win, one is Key West and one is Cowes Torquay Cowes.

“The Cowes Torquay Cowes in my mind and memory is the equivalent to the Ryder Cup in Golf and Wimbledon in Tennis.

“Sadly, a lot of younger enthusiast’s haven’t seen the spectacles that I saw before I raced and of course experienced in the race of 1991.”

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr 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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