The Trinidad & Tobago Great Race was first run in 1969 and is one of the longest consecutively held powerboat races in the world.
The one-way endurance race starts in the Port of Spain, navigates around Trinidad, with the finish line in front of Store Bay, Tobago.
There are more than 40 boats registered for the 2018 race this August and competitors will be using hulls from Victory, Skater, Mystic, and Doug Wright.
Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson have entered their #77 Lucas Oil SilverHook boat which established a Guinness and Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Speed Records from Key West to Cuba (1hr, 18min, 3secs) in August, 2017.
Hook and Johnson have worked with the Great Race organiser, the Trinidad and Tobago Power Boat Association (TTPBA) and with the UIM to incorporate the race as a sanctioned speed record.
We’re upping the ante this year – there are very few venues which have achieved such a long legacy and now, with a UIM World Speed Record being established alongside The Great Race, a unique opportunity has been created.
This will be a great challenge because frequently only 50% of the competitors make it to the finish line.
The 2018 Trinidad & Tobago Great Race / UIM World Speed Record
Race Start: 8 am Eastern Standard Time
Date: August 18th
Top Photo: Richard Ramirez Imaging
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.