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POWERBOAT SPEED WEEKEND HEADING TO YARMOUTH

Photos: Malc Attrill

Powerboat action will return to the Solent later this month with a special ‘speed weekend’ off the coast of Yarmouth.

The 2019 British Offshore Powerboat racing season drew to a close at Cowes at the end of August with the famous Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race, but the governing body United Kingdom Offshore Powerboat Association (UKOPRA) haven’t quite finished yet…

It has been announced that high-powered powerboats will return to the Isle of Wight over the weekend of 28th/29th September. The event, based out of Yarmouth Harbour, is being organised by the Classic Offshore Powerboat Club (COPC) – under the sanction of UKOPRA – with the aim of running timed runs for licensed competitors.

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Boats that took a podium placing during the 2019 season in any of UKOPRA’s 5 classes will be eligible to challenge for a recognised record, while those others will be able to compete for a performance certificate.

The course will be located to the east of Yarmouth Pier and the speeds will be a calculated average over a two-way run, between Bouldnor and Yarmouth.

The winner of the 2019 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race, Silverline Bullet – crewed by Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings – averaged 92.87 mph over the 179.50 NM course. The team will be at Yarmouth hoping to breeze through the 100mph mark and beyond.

Isle of Wight resident Frankie Rose has entered ‘Vintage Torque’. His Italian designed and built hull is expected to be one of the quickest boats at the event.

Spectators can watch the fastest boats on water from Bouldnor on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th between 09:00-18:00.

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Looking for things to do with the kids on the Isle of Wight this summer? Check out our feature for great day out ideas - https://www.islandecho.co.uk/a-day-out-with-the-kids-on-the-isle-of-wight/.

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