Miles Dobson and James Sheppard have been announced as the winners of the 2017 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race with an average speed of 84.03 mph in the popular red hull of Halcyon Connect.
The winner to Torquay, A69 Cougar driven by Richard Carr and Steve Curtis, broke a power steering belt on the race back to Cowes, this after winning an impressive outward leg at an average speed of 97.68 mph.
Mechanical troubles also befell Hendricks 55 driven by 2 time winner of the race Markus Hendricks. Silverline also snapped a power steering belt on one engine on the run to Torquay; hasty repairs were carried out in the West Country which proved to be fruitful.
Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings led from start to finish in their Outerlimits hull on the race back to Cowes, however, it was Dobson and Sheppard that won the race overall with an elapsed time of 2 hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds in their Ilmor-powered Dragon hull.
Sunus Ocean Racing, Tom Montgomery-Swan and Michal Galczewski from Poland took a notable second overall and were the first outboard powered hull home.
In third, the first overseas entry over the line was Hibernia from Southern Ireland with a crew of John Ryan, Phillip Fitzgibbon, Denis Dillon and Glenn Chidzoy, with an average speed of 75.09 mph.
Isle of Wight-based team and brothers Adam and Scott Younger took honours in the Cowes-Poole-Cowes race at an average speed of 73.12 mph. Their closest rival T/T Gee driven by Ali Langdon alongside Isle of Wight’s Lucci Levi finished just 2 minutes behind them.
The next 4 boats over the line were all given 15 minute time penalties for incorrectly rounding Hengisbury Head buoy off Bournemouth.
Official results for both races can be found on the race website at http://cowestorquaycowes.co.uk/2017-results/.