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Fun by the sea for island visitors

Tue 30 Apr 2013

Fun by the sea for island visitors

Island visitors planning to enjoy the multitude of nautical attractions over the coming months should not forget about the annual British Powerboat Festival, which will be taking place August 24th and 25th.

Powerboats will be on display in the Cowes Yacht Haven for the duration of the event and visitors planning to head along would be well advised to nip in and take a look.

Featuring two UIM Marathon World Cup races and the world famous Cowes - Torquay - Cowes Race, this year's festival is jam-packed with attractions for fans of nautical pursuits.

An array of family-friendly entertainment is being put on by the festival organisers, while spectators will also have the chance to interact with some of the fastest powerboat racers on the planet.

More than 45 powerboat teams will be taking part in events in 2013, with entrants aiming to show off their maritime prowess and take home gold in an array of events on The Solent.

Visitors will be able to gain excellent vantage points as the races unfold from the Cowes harbour, while Fort Albert is another excellent viewing point - situated just a short drive out of town to the east.

The full festival timetable is yet to be confirmed, but it is already clear that fans of powerboats and racing in general will have a great time if they choose to head along.

Individuals keen to simply marvel at the technical mastery of these powerful and highly-engineered vessels will also be in for a treat, as the competitors will be putting on a grand show for all to see.

Other nautical affairs that are sure to draw in the crowds in the coming months include the 82nd annual JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, as well as the spectacular Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013.

Both events are among the biggest attractions on the Isle of Wight each year, with combined attendances upwards of 130,000 people.

The Round the Island Race will be taking place on June 1st and is set to witness more than 1,700 boats fighting it out to be crowned this champion in a range of vessel classes, as they race around the island to set the fastest time.

With more than 16,000 sailors taking part in the event and crowds upwards of double that, the annual race is one of the most highest-profile attractions of the Isle of Wight's annual calendar.

Battling over a 50 nautical mile course, entrants will start at the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, before heading west and rounding The Needles, St Catherine's Point and the Bembridge Ledge buoy before crossing the finishing line back where they began.

The first start will take place at 05:00 BST - meaning visitors will have to get up early if they want to see the full day's festivities - with the course record currently standing at three hours, 53 minutes and five seconds for a single hull set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2008, while the multi-hull record was set by Francis Joyon in 2001 at three hours, eight minutes and 29 seconds.

Meanwhile, Cowes Week is one of the oldest and most illustrious regattas in the world and attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year to the island.

Originally taking place in 1826, the world famous maritime showcase will be returning to the Isle of Wight from August 3rd to 10th and promises to offer an array of nautical attractions to guests.

Taking over the town for the duration of the regatta, visitors will have the chance to see tall ships, yachts, powerboats and an array of other vessels during their stay, with masses of entertainment also being put on to keep the expected throngs of sailing lovers happy.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801579510-ADNFCR

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