Powerboat racing is an increasingly popular sport among competitors and spectators alike. International race series such as Powerboat P1 and XCAT feature the cream of the world’s boating community, while landmark annual events such as Coniston Speed Week and the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Classic draw plenty of spectators.

High-profile competitors include male supermodel David Gandy and former F1 driver Bruno Senna, nephew of the late Ayrton Senna.

Powerboat racing is due to become even more prominent in 2016, with the Venture Cup returning as a 1,000nm round Ireland race, which will take in Cork, Galway, Belfast and Dublin.

Click on the stories below to read the latest news and race reports from the world of powerboat racing.

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Ben Fogle to attempt world powerboat record

TV personality Ben Fogle will attempt to break the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the British Isles this summer. The attempt will be made by SUNUS Ocean Racing (SOR) using a Spectre 32R, a production powerboat based on the proven 31ft Phantom hull. Two Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard…