Thousands are expected in Cowes over the August bank holiday weekend

Thousands are expected in Cowes over the August bank holiday weekend for the Powerboat Festival. Combining the penultimate round of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series, the UIM P1 Championship, Class 3-2L and Thundercats will make it the largest meeting of offshore racing powerboats in the UK.

With only four races remaining in the Honda Series both the 150hp and 225hp championships are hotting up with joint leaders in the 225s and a difference of only four points separating the top four teams in the 150s.
Local competitor Shelly Jory is looking to utilise home advantage with the help of co-pilot Libby Keir in the 225hp Team Raymarine.

“I’ve raced here for a number of years in various championships and it’s great to be coming back, especially as reigning champions. The pressure is on us as we’re 14 points behind the current leaders. Libby and I are really going to have to work hard this weekend – we’re here to win!” commented Jory.

Cowes also plays host to some extra special guests this year welcoming Chris Bartlett and Mike Urquhart from New Zealand. Flying halfway around-the-world to compete, the pair have just been crowned 2006 Champions of Honda Formula 4-Stroke’s sister series, Formula Honda, and won the chance to race in Cowes as part of their prize. Joining the 150hp Class in Cowes, the team will be trying to create some waves by challenging current Series’ leaders, Nick Clemson and Paul Trow-Smith in Claygate Bathrooms who themselves raced in New Zealand earlier this year after winning the 2005 UK championship.

As well as all those boats battling it out on the water, throughout the weekend there will be entertainment for the whole family with live music, a variety of food stalls and fun and games including the chance to try your hand as Jenson Button by testing your own driving skills in the Honda F1 Simulator.

Returning after a two year absence, The Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series is back in full force. Martin Sanders, General Manager Honda UK said:

“It’s fantastic that the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series is returning to Cowes this year. Showcasing the speed and excitement of the championship against other powerboat classes, Cowes is a great place to race with excellent vantage points for spectators. As the penultimate race in the Series, it’s certain to be special and we’re all looking forward to an incredible weekend.”