Trial boat race to France from London will take place this June with the full event scheduled for next year
The London to Monte Carlo Powerboat race, which was cancelled last year due to a lack of support, has been reinstated for 2014.
Venture Cup, the organisers of the event, officially launched the race this morning at City Hall in London. Two boats, Elites and MicroLink PC, were parked on trailers on the green by City Hall, as the CEO of the Monaco Yacht Club, Bernard d’Alessandri, the CEO of the RYA, Sarah Treseder, and the CEO of the BMF, Howard Pridding, announced the return of the 2400-mile race.
The first Venture Cup Race will take place in June 2014, but a preliminary ‘trial’ race, which will allow the race doctor to investigate the damage caused to the crew and boats by potentially rough water, will be held on 8 June this year.
The trial will start from London’s Tower Bridge, with the 17 boats convoying down the Thames before officially beginning the race off Southend Pier. They will race along the coast, getting close so that spectators can watch from the shore, to the Isle of Wight and then across the Channel to St Peter Port. Racers will have a lay day before heading off to Bournemouth for the finish, with a finishing party being held in Poole.
Before the race, a Powerboat Village will be constructed at Wood Wharf, within Canary Wharf, allowing the public to get close to the boats and meet the teams.