Powerboat racers battle it out at Cowes Torquay Cowes race

Despite there being a few snapped power steering belts during the Cowes – Torquay – Cowes race, there were clear winners. Malc shares this report from the race.

Overall winners Cowes Torquay

Malc shares this post-race report from the Cowes – Torquay – Cowes Race that took place last Sunday. Ed


Miles Dobson and James Sheppard (pictured above) won the 2017 Cowes Torquay Cowes 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 two-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.

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Cowes Torquay Cowes - Second overall winner

However, it was Dobson in his first Cowes – Torquay – Cowes race and Sheppard in Halcyon Connect that won the race overall with an elapsed time of two hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds in their Ilmor powered Dragon hull.

Second and third place
Sunus Ocean Racin (pictured above), Tom Montgomery-Swan and Michal Galczewski from Poland took a notable second overall and were the first outboard powered hull home.

In third (pictured below), the first overseas entry over the line was Hibernia from Southern Ireland, (John Ryan, Phillip Fitzgibbon, Denis Dillon and Glenn Chidzoy) with an average speed of 75.09 mph.

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Cowes Torquay Cowes - Third overall winner

Wight winners
Isle of Wight based team and brothers Adam and Scott Younger (pictured below) took honours in the Cowes – Poole – Cowes race at an average speed of 73.12mph.

Their closest rival T/T Gee driven by Ali Langdon alongside Isle of Wight’s Lucci Levi finished just 2 minutes behind them.

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Adam Younger and Scott Cowes-Poole-Cowes winner

The next four boats over the line were all given 15 minute time penalties for incorrectly rounding Hengisbury Head buoy off Bournemouth. These included another Islander Frankie Rose, who crossed the finish line first, only to be disappointed once the results were published.

More on the Website
Official results for both races can be found at our race Website.

Image: © Malc Attrill

Wednesday, 30th August, 2017 4:03pm

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