Richard Carr roars to Needles success

Earlier this week, we reported on Richard Carr’s drama in the 1992 Needles race , which saw him escape death.

The outcome of the 1991 Needles race was far more fulfilling though, as Carr reclaimed the Needles Trophy for Britain.

Carr reclaims trophy from the Italians

Richard’s local paper, the Evening Echo, reported that he had made the victory in the powerboat race look easy.

Racing on his home waters, Richard made light work of his opposition in his newly built catamaran Cougar Lamborghini boat to claim victory. In doing so, he reclaimed the trophy from Italian Fabio Buzzi.

Carr’s victory ended a run of Italian success in the race, which stretched back to 1981. Finishing ahead of a depleted field with a time of one hour and 38 minutes for the 124 mile course, he said: “It was a nice trip out, and a good result for the last race in preparation for Cowes.

“We were touching speeds of 105 or 106 mph as we passed the pier.”

Class Two racers way behind

Finishing over 12 minutes behind Richard Carr, Daniel Scioli in the Argentina boat recorded victory in the Class Two Championship.

In the two litre class, two local boast were separated by only six seconds with the winner Carryfast, crewed by Tony Jenvey of New Milton and Eric Braithwaite from Ringwood.  Neil Holmes and Jim Cox from Highcliffe took second in South Sports Boats.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr 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.