Don't Miss The Cowes-Torquay Powerboat Race

This weekend it’s the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race, a personal favourite Island event of mine. I’ve been watching it every year I’ve been home since I was a small boy, and love to take my children out on the water to watch it too now if I can.

The race was the brainchild of Sir Maxwell Aitken who having taken part in the Miami-Nassau powerboat race, launched the Cowes-Torquay at the London Boatshow in 1961, a 200 mile race through some serious waters, not for the faint hearted.           

It has always been a dream of mine to one day race, inspired by family friends who took part in their boat Double Century, a beautiful classic Fairey Huntsman, through the 1970’s. But for now, until I can make this dream a reality, I try to watch the race from a RIB off Sconce buoy each year.

This is where the race really kicks off as they leave the Solent and start racing. It’s an amazing feeling being right amongst the action with the sounds of the engines roaring as the boats get some serous air and fly by. 



If you can’t get out on a boat to watch the race the best places to see it are at Fort Victoria, where you can watch from the roof of the fort, or round the coast at Colwell Bay where you can grab some breakfast while you watch at The Hut, or lastly if you fancy a pre race walk – head up to the Needles Battery for a birds eye view.

The race takes about 3 hours on a calm day so you may even see (or hear) the competitors returning.

The race starts at 0930 on Sunday 26thAugust.

I’ll be the one hanging from Sconce Buoy.  

See you there!

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23 August 2018

By The Master Mariner in The locals' blogs