Offshore action set to return to Cowes

Richard Carr looks ahead to the 55th year of the Cowes Torquay Cowes offshore powerboat race, which takes place this weekend.


Organised by the British Powerboat Racing Club, the Classic Cowes is still the longest running offshore race in the world, with many believing it is probably the toughest too.

The race has seen some epic battles over the years with the sport’s top racers going head to head. In 1991, Richard Carr was a key figure in one of the most remembered races in Cowes history. Sadly, it’s remembered more for its failings than its successes with just nine of the 23 boats crossing the finishing line.

12 retired further failures whilst another two were disqualified after the race for missing race markers. Thankfully, Richard wasn’t one of the above and having finished fourth was promoted to second following the disqualifications.

Richard gave his account of the race in an exclusive blog on his site.

31 entries

Racers from all over the world will take to the seas off the Solent with entries coming over from Germany, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Australia, USA and Latvia. There’s also as strong contingent from the UK.

The fleet of racers will assemble this Saturday (5th) at the Cowes Yacht Haven for scrutineering – a process which the public are welcome to watch as the crews complete their last-minute preparations.

On the Sunday, the racing fleet will make their way to the Cowes Harbour entrance where some 15 points boats will pass in a convoy before starting the race in a line to the north of the Royal Yacht Squadron at around 9.30am.

As second start will also be on the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, when the other 16 boats will compete in the Cowes-Poole-Cowes race, which should take under an hour to complete.

The Cowes Torquay Race boats are expected to return between 3pm and 5.30pm, finishing north of the Gurnard cardinal buoy.

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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