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Isle of Wight race 'is a huge coup'

Fri 25 Mar 2011

Isle of Wight race 'is a huge coup'

A race which will be taking place on the Isle of Wight this summer has been described as a "huge coup" for the island.

Hugo Montgomery-Swan, organiser of the annual RIBEX powerboat show, stated that the Cowes to Monte-Carlo Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix returning to the Isle of Wight for the first time in 40 years.

Visitors to the exhibition, which is taking place at Cowes Yacht Haven from May 13th to 15th 2011, will be able to see the two competing boats at close quarters before they set off on the trip, dubbed by Mr Montgomery-Swan as the "longest, toughest and greatest offshore powerboat race in the world".

Mike Lloyd, who is behind the on-water challenge, added: "There is huge excitement within the offshore world about this once in a lifetime race."

It is likely to be one of the top attractions at this year's RIBEX, which bills itself as the world's only event dedicated to Rigid Inflatable Boats.

Posted by Adam Pearson ADNFCR-3083-ID-800475943-ADNFCR

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