Offshore powerboat racing is returning to Jersey for the first time in twenty years, with a two-day event due to take place this summer


This summer will see powerboat racing return to Jersey for the first time in twenty years, with the launch of the Jersey Offshore Racing Festival.

Organised by the Jersey Powerboat Club, the two-day event will run from August 6-7 in St. Aubin’s Bay.

Competitors from all across Europe are expected to compete in the offshore circuit race, which will be run under RYA regulations.

The festival should prove to be a big draw for the Channel Island’s tourism industry, with plans for plenty of on-shore entertainment to compliment the offshore action.

Sponsorship and support has already been secured from several local hotels and ferry operator Condor Ferries.

Jersey Powerboat Club chairman Roy Smith is one of the key players behind this new event and he has plenty of experience of the racing world, having won the 2-litre world championship back in 2008.

He hopes to bring back the glory days of the 1980s when powerboat racing was a local mainstay.

“I am really excited to have powerboating back in Jersey waters once again,” he said.

“After being the club’s chairman for a number of years it’s fantastic to see young people coming through and giving the club and racing the fresh start that it needs.”

The Jersey Powerboat Club says that it will be welcoming entries from racing novices, provided they have the necessary sea skills and capability.