James Brooke gets behind the wheel

James Brooke, boss of the Sail, Power & Watersports Show at Earls Court, went for a new world record on Friday 8 August.

He was to attempt to set the first official mark for a Round the Isle of Wight blast in one of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke series boats.

James races in the series in a Honda F4SA 150hp powerboat as Team Earls Court.

He was due to set off from Cowes Esplanade early for the record breaking attempt to promote the race series and increase participation in the sport of powerboat racing.

James was joined by his Navigator Daniel Whapples.

James, who also runs a sailing school, said: “Daniel and I have been racing this season and the Cougar race boats powered by Honda engines are a fantastic combination.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge and this may well lead to more record attempts in the future.”

The record attempt has never been set before in a Cougar 150hp race boat and it is hoped the effort will encourage other Honda 150hp boats to break it.

Steve Curtis, owner of Cougar Marine and Series Director of the Honda F4SA is fully supportive of the record attempt.

Team Earls Court are currently sitting in fourth place in the championship.

See more on the Honda Formula 4-Stroke website.