Richie Powers, 7 times world power boat racing champion, is returning to help race the boat in which he won the 1974 championship, the Dry Martini (Cigarette 35), during this weekend’s Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race.
Dry Martini will have a crew of 3 and will be driven by Christian Toll. Mr Powers has also won the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race on 3 occasions and set 2 world records, 1 for open class UIM Kilo of 158mph for a 2-way run, with a top speed of 190mph. He has over 60 career victories and built and rigged most of his racing boats.
The race takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend (26th – 27th August) and involves 18 boats, with teams from Belgium, Italy, Poland Ireland and the USA. It covers a distance of 190 nautical miles and the course speed record is 94.55 mph.
Richie Powers said:
“I am very excited to return to Cowes after 45 years, when I first went and won the race. And to be part of the Dry Martini team, the boat I won my second world championship in 1974, is a very special event for me. It brings back a lot of memories. I have racing in my blood and this reunion with the boat I love, racing in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes, it just doesn’t get better.”
Christian Toll added:
“Richie Powers is a legend in the power boat racing world. It is a privilege to have him in the Dry Martini team and I am sure he will make us faster! We are delighted to have him back where he belongs.”
Viewing Places and Times
09:30 and 15:00-17:30- Egypt Point, Isle of Wight
09:35-10:00 and 14:45-17:30 – Hurst Castle
09:35-10:00 and 14:45-17:30 – Fort Victoria, Isle of Wight
09:40-10:10 – Bournemouth & Boscombe Piers
09:55-11:35 and 14:30-17:15 – Anvil Point
09:55-11:35 and 14:30-17:15 – St Albans Head
10:00-11:45 and 14:30-17:00 – Portland Bill
10:45-12:40 and 14:00-14:30 – Berry Head
10:45-12:40 and 14:00-14:30 – Daddyhole Plain, Torquay
10:30-14:00 Haldon Pier, Torquay
To find out more, visit www.cowestorquaycowes.co.uk.