The entries in the CTC Classic powerboat race fleet are mustering off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, in preparation for their 170 nm dash to Torquay and back.
Many eyes are focused on the rather extraordinary, but nonetheless hugely competitive, pairing of the world’s top female powerboat racer Shelley Jory with the 70-year old legendary solo yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who together have entered a 10m RIB as Team Scorpion. They race as Number 14, so keep your eyes peeled!
All competitors will depart Cowes Yacht Haven at approximately 0930 and muster off the Royal Yacht Squadron to the west of the fairway approach by 0950. All competitors will then be escorted from the Royal Yacht Squadron to the start area. The start area will be in the vicinity of the red Solent Bank buoy in the western Solent in position: 50 44.23N 001 27.37W.
The start boat Red Jet 5 will be listening on VHF Channels 69 and 12 with the Race Officers onboard monitoring Channel M2 call sign “PB Start Boat”. Red Jet 5 will display a yellow flag and depart the Royal Yacht Squadron at 1000 and lead all competitors to the starting area. The competitors will be travelling at approximately 35 knots once west of the Gurnard buoy.
Race Starts and Finishes
All three races will start concurrently at approximately 1005 in the vicinity of the Solent Bank buoy.
The Honda Cowes-Poole-Cowes Race consists of seven legs totalling 39.0nm starting in the vicinity of the red Solent Bank buoy and completing one lap of Poole and Christchurch Bays before finishing between the transit of East Lepe and Gurnard Ledge buoys in the western Solent.
The Class 3 Boats Cowes-Poole-Cowes Race consists of 12 legs totalling 65.6nm starting in the vicinity of the red Solent Bank buoy and completing two laps in Poole and Christchurch Bays before finishing between the transit of East Lepe and Gurnard Ledge buoys in the western Solent.
The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Race consists of 10 legs totalling 170nm starting in the vicinity of the red Solent Bank special mark and taking in Hurst Point, Anvil Point, Portland Bill, Torquay and back to Cowes, finishing between the transit of East Lepe and Gurnard Ledge buoys in the western Solent.
The anticipated finishing times for the two races:
Honda Cowes-Poole-Cowes: Finishers expected between 1045-1115.
Class 3 Cowes-Poole-Cowes: Finishers expected between 1130-1200.
Cowes-Torquay-Cowes: Finishers expected between 1200-1300.
All race boats will be off the plane once passed the finish line and below 6 knots before passing east of the Gurnard buoy.