Following a two decade wait, offshore powerboat racing will make its return to Jersey in the form of a Festival at the height of the season in 2016, writes Richard Carr.
St Aubin’s Bay will once again host the fast action of powerboats in August with racers from across Europa expected to compete in front of large crowds.
The Offshore Circuit Race around the island will be officiated by the RYA, Britain’s governing body for watersports.
The Festival action won’t just be on the seas surrounding Jersey, the action onshore will provide fans with plenty of entertainment between races.
Local racers are expected to form the majority of the line-up next summer, however event organisers JPC has extended invitations to powerboat teams across the European continent.
As well as providing plenty of exhilarant action across the weekend, the festival is likely to have wider benefits to the Jersey’s local economy. Direct revenue will be gained through hotels, restaurants, shops, travel arrangements, whilst the TV exposure will showcase the island to a global audience and hopefully boost tourism.
JPC Chairman Roy Simon was part of the line-up that raced around Jersey over two-decades ago and is looking forward to welcoming the sport back to the island in 2016.
Roy said: “I am really excited to have powerboating back in Jersey waters once again. After being the club’s chairman for a number of years it’s fantastic to see young people coming through and giving the club and racing the fresh start that it needs.”
The club is looking to get people involved to help stage the event. One of the organisers, Nicolle Maltwood, said: ‘We have lots of areas where we are looking to find individuals who have free time and an open mindset.’
Anyone interested in offering a helping hand should visit www.jerseypowerboatclub.co.uk.
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.