Cowes - Torquay powerboat race hailed a success
THE organisers of the Cowes to Torquay powerboat race have praised the people of Torbay.
Visitors lined Haldon pier and the surrounding hills to watch the spectacle.
John Moore, race director said: "It was a fantastic race in beautiful weather. It was the second fastest race we have had in 53 years.
"A big thanks must go to Mayor Gordon Oliver for all of his help and the residents and visitors who came out to enjoy the spectacle."
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The race involves powerboats racing from Cowes across the south coast of England to Tor Bay where they turn at Torquay and race back to the finish.
The popularity of last year's event prompted the decision to provide a greater opportunity for avid fans to get closer to the noise and action.
This year, for the first time, the race was run in two parts, with the boats stopping in Torquay to refuel before assembling for a second start to begin the return race to Cowes.
The authority provided space at Haldon Pier for the boats to tie up while they prepared for the race back to Cowes.