Legendary offshore powerboat racing throttleman Richie Powers, who is the director of business development for FB Marine Group based in Pompano Beach, Fla., received the prestigious Bahamas Trophy during a special ceremony held at this year’s Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Offshore Powerboat Race on Aug. 27 in England. The news was announced today in a press release from the full service luxury marine dealership, which also has locations in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
An offshore powerboat racing legend gets his due—Richie Powers (far left) received the Bahamas Trophy during the 2017 Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Offshore Powerboat Race held late last month.
Powers is a three-time winner of the 190-mile roundtrip event, which celebrated its 57th anniversary this year and is generally recognized as the offshore powerboat racing’s toughest endurance contest. Recognized by the Union International Motonautique, powerboat racing’s international sanctioning body, the race attracted 10 teams this year from Belgium, Italy, Poland, Ireland and the United States.
“The award was basically a lifetime achievement recognition for his winning the CTC Race in 1972, 1974, and 1980,” said Kim Sweers, managing partner of FB Marine Group, in the release. “Richie was at the race representing FB Marine Group and we are so happy he received this amazing award while there.”
Powers still holds the record for the longest nonstop race, at 240 nautical miles, with the highest average speed recorded at 79.64 mph.
During his 30 years in offshore racing, Powers has competed in countries around the world and has won several historical races. He more than 60 career victories including four UIM consecutive Open-class world titles, three USA World Superboat titles and 11 National and International Championships.
Editor’s Note: FB Marine Group principal Randy Sweers will compete in his Superboat-class Saltwater Terminator/Sailor Jerry/Autonation MTI catamaran at this weekend’s Super Boat International National Championships in Clearwater, Fla.