The Cowes Torquay Cowes is always one of the most anticipated offshore racers in the calendar, however the recent news that offshore racing legends Richard Carr and Steve Curtis will take part has certainly increased the hype around the race.
Venture World Cup
Carr and Curtis were due to team up in the Venture World Cup, however due to the boat not being ready in time, the pair have chosen to target the Classic Cowes, a race that Richard Carr has competed and finish second in.
The boat is a 1985, 46’ aluminium mono hull, built in the Cougar Marine yard in North Miami, America.
It has a rich history starting when it was ordered and built for Ben Kramer, who at the time was a hard charging US offshore racer who was later imprisoned for ordering assassination of powerboat designed, builder and racer Don Aronow!
The hull lived on though, and was later raced in the States during 1986 by Tim Casulli.
Having been dormant for over three decades, the hull is being totally re-rigged by Offshore Racing Services in Orlando, Florida. It will be fitted with detuned Mercury 1650’s engines and the whole effort is being overseen by Curtis.
The seven time UIM Class 1 World Champion will act as the boat’s throttleman, whilst Richard Carr will have the tough task of conquering the Cowes as the driver.
Former UIM Class 3D World Champion Paul Sinclair will act as the pair’s navigator.
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.