BWI_4829Organisers of the famous Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race are seeking further volunteers who can offer the services of themselves and a boat to act as safety cover for the August race.

The duties would involve attending a briefing in Cowes on the afternoon of 30th August and being allocated a duty in the Solent or maybe off Hurst in the western Solent. All boats must be a minimum of twenty foot in length (or more).

The race will start in the morning of the 31st August, taking competitors down to Torquay where they will stop for a few hours. The boats then re-start in Torbay and race back to the Gurnard area for the finish.

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Volunteers are being asked to cover both or maybe just one leg of the race, covering the area between Gurnard & Hurst Castle in the main. It is likely that more boat cover will be needed for the start, rather than for the finish, when competitors are spaced apart.

Anyone who has a sea worthy craft, which can hold a position in Solent conditions and is suitably experienced with an experienced crew would be gratefully welcomed. Ideally, boats & crew with VHF radio would be most welcome.

There is, sadly, no budget to pay expenses, but there will be access to the race prize-giving at The Royal Yacht Squadron after the race, plus the knowledge of assisting in the running of the longest continuously running offshore powerboat race in the world. In addition, a berth in Cowes might be available for some volunteers’ boats over the night preceding the race, if needed.

Anyone who can assist is asked to kindly contact Martin.J.Napier, Safety Boat co-ordinator, by emailing [email protected].


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I have forward this plea from Martin Napier , and have attached some photos for if you like

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