Enthusiasm to compete swells racing fleet beyond previously set limit

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The figure of 50 set as the maximum fleet for the forthcoming offshore endurance race from Cowes to Monte Carlo in 2013 has now been exceeded.

So far, 51 teams applied to compete within four weeks of the race launch including a second official ‘works’ supported entry, Hunton Powerboats.

The attraction of this strenuous endurance offshore contest was first recognised by the American performance boat builder, Donzi.

With Hunton now officially in the line-up the pair will almost certainly encourage other builders to consider involvement particularly as this level of competition provides the ultimate opportunity to test and prove products to a world-wide market.

Jeff Hunton, six times British Offshore Powerboat Champion, is fully committed, he says: “The aim of racing is to win but achieving this does not explain our involvement. For Hunton Powerboats racing has always been a part of the process of development and is reflected in the craftsmanship we put into our design and construction.

“This event will provide the greatest test of performance, safety and reliability. What we learn from racing helps us build better boats.”

Entry for the associated domestic cruiser rally running alongside the main event is also seeing a growing entry and although far lower at this stage a maximum figure is unlikely to be declared.

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