How would you get involved in UK-based powerboat racing?

Richard Carr first encountered a sail boat when he was under the age of 10 and progressed in the sport to become an offshore British champion racer.

Racing in the UK

The Royal Yachting Association oversees the many types of sailing and powerboating in the UK from dinghy’s to high-powered powerboats.

There are six types of offshore powerboats in the UK:

  • Powerboat P1: This class is one of the most innovative and exciting in the sport, with races taking place on four difference continents.
  • Offshore Class 3: Monohulls and catamarans powered by outboard engines compete in this national and international class.
  • V24 Powerboat Class: High performance gulled-wing race boat.
  • Zapcats: World’s largest one design class.
  • Thundercats: Duel discipline Circuti & Offshore racing.
  • Marathon Racing: Marathon and Endurance racing.

Getting involved in offshore powerboat racing is easy. There are 11 clubs across the country which are actively involved in racing. Visit the RYA website for more information.

Upper Thames Sailing Club

Sailing clubs across the UK are trying their best to encourage new people to get involved, most recently was the Upper Thames Sailing Club who are holding an ‘Open Day’.

The club is an RYA training centre and its members vary from beginners to competitive racers.

Club spokesman Debbie Kite, said: “Anyone interested in taking up sailing, whether as a beginner or experienced sailor is invited to come to the club and see what we offer.

“Experienced instructors will be taking visitors out in sailing dinghies, and weather permitting, a classic Thames A Rater. For those who prefer motor power, there’ll be rides in rescue boats.”

The RYA run training courses for those interested in either sailing or powerboat racing throughout the season, including summer holiday courses and race camps.

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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