Richard Carr set to return to powerboat racing alongside Steve Curtis

Former British offshore powerboat champion Richard Carr will make his return to his beloved sport alongside friend and powerboat racing great Steve Curtis in the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious offshore powerboat race, the Venture World Cup.

2016 will mark the return of one of Britain’s most respected powerboat racers, Richard Carr, whose hiatus away from the sport is nearing five years.

Carr who has raced across the globe and owned a number of powerboa teams will return to the cockpit alongside friend and fellow racer, Steve Curtis, later this year.

“My biggest enjoyment in life has always been offshore powerboat racing,” explained Richard. “One of my big complaints of offshore powerboat racing in the last five to ten years is that the days of proper offshore powerboat racing have gone.

“When I raced in America in 2011 we were racing up and down a beach in a 140mph boat on a very small circuit. That’s not how I remember proper offshore racing to be.”

Unsurprisingly, Richard won’t be taking the easy route back into the sport. The Round Ireland offshore powerboat race is an eight-day event taking place in mid-June, which will see Carr and Curtis crash through thousands of miles of Irish sea taking in many notable coastal landmarks such as the Giant’s Causeway, Fastnet Rock and Belfast’s Titantic Quarter.

Richard Carr powerboat

Richard Carr (left) pictured with Geico teammate Gavin Wilson

“Aidan Foley has been trying to put together a decent endurance race for a number of years and it would appear that he has managed to secure funding for the Round Ireland powerboat race,” said Richard.

“Both Steve and I are keen to take part in the race. We have been friends for over 30 years, so who better to go racing with? My first ever race in a Class 1 powerboat was with Steve back in 1981 in the Guernsey Gold Cup in a boat called Reporter. That was my first taste of powerboat racing and we have got on really well since then and I’m looking forward to racing with him again.”

Teams are currently being announced for the race later this year, but with competition expected to be tough and 15m Atlantic swells, Richard knows that he will need to call upon all of his experience and skill if he is to succeed.

“It will be a very, very challenging race,” he said. “The seas on the Atlantic side of Ireland can be extremely high and make for very difficult racing conditions. Some of the stages will be over 300 miles long and it’s an extreme test of your concentration and determination as a racer.

“The standard of competition will be extremely high with some world class teams taking part. I can’t wait to get back in the boat, I’m sure it will great fun.”

You can keep track of Richard’s return to the sport via his Racing website www.richardcarrracing.co.uk