The Offshore Model Racing Association (OMRA) is to hold its first ever race at Cowes this weekend (29th/30th September) at Trinity Landing.
OMRA races powerful offshore race boats that range from 4ft to 6ft in length, similar in design to their full-size Deep V and Catamaran counterparts. The models often reach speeds between 40-50mph on the open sea.
The Association is one of the oldest RC associations in the UK with its roots stemming back to 1967 when the first ‘chase boat’ event was held in Torquay. Racers travelling in a powerboat alongside their model in a time trail event across Torbay to set the fastest time. By 1971 the association was officially formed and were soon hosting races all over the UK. To this day OMRA still holds a chase boat race in Torquay along with circuit race events in Bristol, Guernsey, Southampton, Calshot, Weymouth and Penzance.
With support from the Cowes Harbour Commission the association is hoping to add Cowes as a regular event on their calendar adding to the Island’s existing power boating pedigree.
Racing kicks off from 11:00 on Saturday 29th and from 10:00 on Sunday 30th. Public spectator viewing is easy and free from the Parade opposite Trinity Landing.
More information can be found at www.cowesoffshore.com.