Power boat racing returns to Cowes for 56th year

This coming weekend (3rd-4th September) will see the 56th edition of the annual Offshore Power boat Racing at Cowes, with Richard Carr due to return to racing.

The reverberating sound of high powered, high octane power boats will surround the Solent as power boats head around the 190-natical-mile course in the 2016 edition. Some of the world’s most prestigious offshore power boat racers will head from the Isle of Wight town to Torquay and back.

Return of Richard Carr

Richard Carr feels he was cheated out of the 1991 edition of the race and will return to race alongside fellow legendary racer Steve Curtis.

Carr and Curtis will be joined by more than 30 racers for the course. The course record speed was set last year by Peter Dredge, Simon Powell, Mal Crease and David Gandy driving Vector Martini Rosso at a staggering average speed of 94.55 mph.


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Power boat racing returns to Cowes

Cowes is recognised as the birthplace for international power boat racing and the biggest, brightest, loudest and most powerful boats in the world assemble for the race which first started in 1961.

It’s a real hit with spectators on the Isle of Wight, who get an absolute feast of action with two starts and two finishes.

It’s expected that activity on the water will begin at around 8.45am, before the race officially starts to the north of Gurnard North Cardinal Buoy at 9:30am.

The Cowes – Poole – Cowes race will then begin at 9.45am and should appear back at around 11am for the finish, before the Torquay racers arrive back at around 3pm for a finish off the Gurnard North Cardinal Mark at Egypt Point.

Event Director Martin Levi commented: “It should be a fabulous weekend, the Cowes Torquay Cowes is the only race of its kind in the World. It’s also international, we have teams from Germany, Belgium, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Ireland, the US and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey.”

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful power boat 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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