Days after his Cowes Torquay Cowes victory, Richard Carr reflects on his race win.
The Cowes race for powerboat racing is the equivalent of Wimbledon in Tennis and the British GP in Formula 1.
Anybody who is a serious powerboat racer and has been successful in the sport has their name on the Cowes Torquay Cowes trophy. However, that honour had alluded myself, Steve and Paul so to win it now at the current stages of our careers is extra special. Paul is 58, I’m 57 and Steve is 52 so just to complete the course was special, but to win the race was a major feat.
Carr and Curtis have been racing together and against each other since the late 1980s and have won multiple titles.
In their Cougar 46, powered by the Mercury powered aluminium hull, they recorded an average speed of 51.88mph and competed the course in 4 hours and 12 minutes – over an hour ahead of their nearest rivals.
I never assumed that we would win the race; powerboat racing is such an unpredictable sport. We put a lot of effort into preparing the boat and preparing our bodies for the race and it certainly paid off.
I was in the gym six weeks prior to the race and without that preparation I don’t think I would have made the finishing line – I think I would have had to have jumped out of the boat!
Most of the other competitors either turned back or sunk as a result of the horrendous conditions. It was so rough at Portland Bill that the RNLI gave up on trying to rescue one of the boats and came back for it the next day!
Despite there being limited celebrations after the race due to shear physical exhaustion, Carr is extremely proud to have achieved the victory alongside Curtis and Sinclair.
I have been pals with Steve for a very long time; we have raced against and with one another and to win it for the first time together was a nice feeling. It was really good fun being out in the boat and although we did have the odd moment when it was quite tense, it was a pleasant experience – on the whole!
Photos: Chris Davies
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.