Hold on for a bumpy ride

Cowes-Torquay - 29 August 2009 -- Hannes Bohinc, Ed Williams-Hawkes and Max Holzfeind are in for a bumpy ride when Wettpunkt.com challenges for the Beaverbrook Trophy in tomorrow’s Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race.

“The weather is improving,” says Williams-Hawkes, the powerboat veteran from Exmouth, “but we are still in for a bumby ride. After the Solent chop, it will be make or break down past the Needles. Spectacular to watch, but bruising on the crews.”

21 boats will take on the 170 nautical-mile challenge in Gale Force 4-5, with a 15-20 knot westerly wind. Later in the day the conditions are expected to deteriorate.

“It could be a race against time,” explains Race Director, Mike Lloyd. “The winds are expected to back in the early afternoon. The priority for crews will be to avoid breakages and bring the boats home in one piece. The hare will not win tomorrow.”



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