The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race, organised by the British Powerboat Racing Club, is the longest-running offshore powerboat race in the world.
This year’s fleet will assemble at the Cowes Yacht Haven on Saturday 5th September for technical inspection, and the public are welcome to watch adjacent to the North Basin, as the crews complete their last-minute preparations.
Activity will commence at approximately 08:45 on Sunday 6th September when the racing fleet will muster to the east of Cowes Harbour entrance. Race boats will then pass in a convoy, at speed, between Snowden and Trinity House buoys before starting the actual race immediately to the north of Gurnard cardinal buoy at 09:00.
It is expected, if the conditions are calm like last year, that the winner could complete the course in under three hours, to return on a reciprocal course through the Western Solent between 14:30 and 17:30 in the afternoon, finishing north of Gurnard cardinal buoy.
The 200-mile classic has long been recognised as one of powerboating’s toughest challenges, and comparisons have been made with motorsport events such as Le Mans and the Indy 500.
Family, friends and supporters left ashore can follow the fleet and the race via our online race viewer, which is updated every two minutes for the entirety of the race.