Former Classic Cowes racer Richard Carr saw former teammate Peter Dredge claim victory in this year’s race in the Vector Martini boat, alongside guest crew member, David Gandy.
Unlike past year’s, the weather was set perfect for the 55th Classic Cowes race, which was to start from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.
Peter Dredge and Simon Powell, alongside crew members Gandy and Malcolm Crease led off the mark with Tommy Offshore Racing and Silverline in close contention behind.
The ideal conditions for racing allowed fans to get up close with the racers as they rushed along the waters, however not all the boats were in such a hurry. Microlink, a previous winner of the race, struggled with losing a water pipe, broken throttle cable and ignition failure.
Back at the front, Tommy Offshore Racing had taken the lead from Vector Martini only to hand it back when they suffered engine failure. In total, only 11 boats made it back ready for the return leg.
Tommy Offshore Racing’s failure allowed Gandy and the Vector Martini team to wrap up a comfortable victory by ten minutes ahead of Silverline.
After the race, Gandy said: “”It’s been one of the most amazing experiences of my life but I’m not sure if all my body’s organs are in the same place as when I started. I’m really impressed with the experience and professionalism of Peter Dredge and Simon Powell. It’s not everyday you get to do 115 miles per hour on water.”
The race back to Cowes followed a similar pattern to the one out of it with technical failures for others allowing Vector Martini to finish first ahead of Silverline.
The winning margin this time was an impressive nine minutes, but it could have been different had Microlink been able to sustain their challenge. Sadly, the team were let down by technical problems. Smoking Aces rounded off the top 3.
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.