In a nod to his offshore powerboat racing history and heritage, veteran throttleman Richie Powers will take on Cowes-Torquay-Cowes—the United Kingdom’s toughest offshore race—on Aug. 27 in the vintage 35-foot Dry Martini Cigarette raceboat he used to win the 190-nautical-mile contest in 1975. The news was announced in a press release from the British Powerboat Racing Club.
Legendary return this Sunday to the U.K.’s most grueling offshore powerboat race. Photo courtesy/copyright of the British Powerboat Racing Club.
Powers, who works at South Florida-based FB Marine Group as the director of business development will be shooting for his fourth Cowes-Torquay-Cowes trophy. He’ll be joined by a three-man crew led by driver Christian Toll. The record average speed for the course 94.55 mph.
“I am very excited to return to Cowes after 45 years, when I first went and won the race, Powers said in the release. “ And to be part of the Dry Martini team, the boat I won my second world championship in 1974, is a very special event for me. It brings back a lot of memories. I have racing in my blood and this reunion with the boat I love—racing in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes—it just doesn’t get better.”
Added Toll, “Richie Powers is a legend in the power boat racing world. It is a privilege to have him in the Dry Martini team and I am sure he will make us faster. We are delighted to have him back where he belongs.”