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Image of the Week: V is for Villa, Vector and Victory

A week after earning seven trophies at the prestigious annual Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race—including the Beaverbrook Trophy for finishing first overall in the two-day race also known as Cowes-Torquay-Cowes—the Vector Martini Racing team spent a week in Italy on Lake Como.

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The Vector Martini Racing crew in front of the historic Villa Erba on Italy’s Lake Como. Photos courtesy Vector Martini Racing

The crew, pictured above on the Vector Powerboats V40R in front of the 19th century historical mansion Villa Erba, worked tirelessly to ensure that more than 120 Martini guests were able to participate in last week’s Vector iRace experience.

The Vector Martini team celebrates its overall win at the Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race.Click image to enlargeAccording to Vector President Rex Jardine, the team is now preparing for a record run in the sleek V40R powerboat that was designed and manufactured by his company in Kelowna, BC, Canada, and is powered by twin Ilmor Marine MV10-725 engines. Before the end of this month—weather permitting—teammates Peter Dredge (pilot), Simon Powell (throttleman) and Mal Crease (navigator) will attempt to break the UIM Cross Channel World Record from England’s Poole to France’s Cherbourg.

The Vector Martini team—the first to carry the distinguished blue and red racing stripes in more than two decades and the first to ever race in the UK—is hoping to carry the momentum of its Cowes race victory into its record-breaking effort and beyond.

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