The Austrian gets a taste for the local medicine

When Hannes Bohinc last raced around Britain it was to break the Round Britain Speed Record – which he did in a time of 30h 51m 40s in September 2001.

Scotland was a blur on that occasion, but now the Austrian is back, as a competitor in the Round Britain Powerboat Race.

And he is determined to get a taste of more than the country’s difficult waters.

Bohinc, whose boat Wettpunkt.com won yesterday’s leg, says: “Max [Holzfeind, Wettpunkt.com co-pilot] and myself may be from Austria but we have a great appreciation of Scotch whisky and will make good use of our rest days today and tomorrow.

“We have already tried Islay whisky, thanks to the recommendation of the Oban Times.

“Hopefully the Highland air and couple of measures in Inverness will help get rid of our aches and pains before we set off for Edinburgh on Friday morning.”

The race arrived in Oban yesterday and after the boats are transported to Inverness today, the competitors have a day off there tomorrow.

The fifth leg of the race takes place on Friday, running to Edinburgh.

It is the event’s longest stage, a distance of 242 miles and a demanding test even for the hardened racers of the fleet.

It is also their first taste of the North Sea, which at speeds of around 85mph is unlikely to be comfortable.