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Sunday 29th August 2021 Ocean Village, Southampton

A day full of adrenaline capturing British Offshore Powerboat Racing

Race day for the Cowes Torquay Cowes Powerboat Race will be a morning of two halves, chasing and catching around 20 top class Powerboats being put through there paces on the Solent ahead of the race.


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About this event

The Cowes Classic 2019 Offshore Powerboat Race is set to take place on Sunday the 30th of August and we will be joining these Formula One of the sea boats for some close up photography while they prepare ahead of the race and out on the start line ahead of them heading for Torquay.

The Cowes-Torquay was launched by Sir Max Aitken,  2nd Baronet as the first offshore powerboat racing sport in Britain in 1961. Initially sponsored by the Daily Express newspaper, its success encouraged several countries in Europe and the Middle East to follow suit. Hence it can rightly claim to have introduced offshore powerboat racing to the rest of the world outside the United States where the modern sport was launched with the first Miami-Nassau Race in 1956.

When the Union Internationale Motonautique, the world governing authority for powerboat racing, introduced the World Offshore Championship in 1967 as a memorial to Sam Griffith, the American founder of modern offshore racing, the course was found to be too short at 125 miles (201 km) to qualify as a championship heat. The race format was therefore changed and instead of finishing at Torquay, the fleet returned non-stop back to Cowes, however in 2013 the fleet stopped at Torquay for some 3 hours before having a mass start returning back to Cowes. 

Our day will start from Ocean Village, Southampton at a time yet to be confirmed but expect it to be around 07.00. Our boat for the day is Anchorman, a large Catamaran that is perfect for photography with its large rear deck and top speed of 28knots. Dave our skipper is an extremely experienced sailor with over 20 years of sailing the Solent under his belt, not to mention his time as a Calshot Lifeboatman. So you are assured of a great safe day in the thick of all the action. 

Places are limited to 11 due to insurance and the boat we will be aboard.

Currently all of our events will run in line with our Covid-19 policy that follows government guidelines. You can find our Covid-19 policy information page here.

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc

Other things you should bring

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water


  • All levels welcome


  • Medium

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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