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With 25 days to go to the start in Cork Harbour, the much–hyped 2016 Venture Cup Round Ireland Poweboat Race has been cancelled.

The announcement was made by email to supporters and confirmed to by race organiser Aidan Foley this afternoon.

The race had attracted significant backing from state companies and councils as 'a major summer sporting fixture'. Dublin City Council along with Dublin Port Company launched the event on the river Liffey in January and last month the event was launched in Cork on the River Lee by the City Council. The race was supposed to start in the south coast harbour in just over three weeks time and then visit ports right the way round Ireland over the period of a week from June 12. Stop over ports included Dingle, Galway, Killybegs, Belfast and Dublin.

The Failte Ireland supported race was billed as  the 'world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race'. According to the race website 'it’s an epic adventure where teams will be forced to meet the very toughest conditions the ocean can muster-up over 1,000 miles of Ireland’s spectacular coastline'.

25 top international teams were expected to compete in the 700–mile marathon. Last Sunday, Ireland's Team Hibernia under Skipper John Ryan were training on Dublin Bay.

The full cancellation message states:

'It is with enormous regret that we must advise you that the 2016 Venture Cup has been cancelled.

Delivering an event of this scale was always going to present challenges, but we felt we had the team and support to make it happen. However, we began suffering acute cash-flow problems at the end of March. Regardless of the funding commitment to the overall event, without positive cash-flow we were being strangled. Right across the month and into May we actively sought to source solutions. Only a week ago we had a potential answer on the table which not only resolved the issue but secured the event into the future. Unfortunately this, and other avenues, have failed to materialise and we have reached a point where we can no longer proceed in good faith.

We would like to both thank, and apologise to, the teams, stakeholders, authorities, communities and individuals who’ve put so much faith into this plan over the past year. We can assure you that we left no stone unturned in our attempts to resolve this issue, but we must now act prudently and that means cancelling the event when we are unable to guarantee that we can continue to operate.

For those teams who have paid their entry-fees, these are currently in the process of being returned.

Thank you for your support.

The Venture Cup Team

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Hibernia Racing's 100 mph ALLBLACK SL44 entry into the Round Ireland Venture Cup that begins in 25 days time was in training on Dublin Bay yesterday. The sleek aluminium built craft that was testing in Cork Harbour a month ago was powering around Dublin Bay yesterday in the build up the the long distance race.

The crew for the 700–miler is John Ryan, Driver and throttles, Philip Fitzgibbon, Navigation and co-driver, Ant Middleton (lead presenter from C4's series, SAS dare to win).

The four man powerboat took a pit stop at Dun Laoghaire to load up with fuel. The massive onboard tanks take up to 1500 litres of a diesel giving her a range of over 500 miles.

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It isn’t often that I am told “she is a beast of a boat…” with admiration in the voice of the person describing the boat to me. However, when she has over 2,000 horsepower to get her moving, it is probably a fair description because when the boat I was looking at moves, it travels very fast, it really goes. Aidan Foley was the man describing it to me. He is primarily responsible for what will be one of the biggest maritime events around the coast this year, in a season when the Round Ireland Yacht Race and Cork Week are also scheduled. Scroll down to listen to the podcast below.

To achieve that, it must be really something and that Cork has been chosen as the starting point for what is a world event is a great boost for Ireland in marine recognition internationally.

Aidan conveys confidence and ability about his task: “Half the organising team is Irish, so we are well equipped for what we plan to do.”

What they intend is to bring out crowds in Dingle, Galway, Killybegs, Belfast and Dublin, in addition to Cork where, when the Venture Cup was announced, the sound of two powerboats blasted across Cork Harbour from the seafront and made a spectacular sight, particularly when I saw one of them round the Naval Base on Haulbowline Island and speed under the bridge to the mainland. That will also be part of the special in-harbour racecourse before the powerboats start a race that takes them around coast to Dublin. The demonstration and the racing itself is planned in conjunction with port and local Council authorities and designed to provide spectator sport around the coast for up to what the organisers say could be a million people during the week-long event.

The powerboats I saw are powerful machines, though I wondered about the pummelling the bodies of drivers and crews will take along the West Coast. From Dingle to Galway, onto Killybegs and around the top of Ireland came to mind as likely  tough locations for them, from my days offshore racing in the Round Ireland and the Round Britain and Ireland races.

Powerboat racing is physically demanding, the racers said. I can believe that as they power through, off, above and into waves. The shocks to the body can be considerable. But is also a hugely exciting, demanding and, of course, by its nature very fast sport and, yes, as they told me, potentially dangerous, so it demands experience and concentration on safety at speed in the water. The boats carry liferafts and, when I asked about the numbers on the bow of the boats, some of which appeared to be upside down, the laconic answer was “so, they are right side up for recognition and rescue if needed, should the boats go upside down!”

The Venture Cup is forecast to be Ireland’s “largest public, free event” this Summer, starting with the Cork in-harbour race on Sunday, June 12, with the first leg the following day, Monday, June 13, to Dingle and finishing in Dublin on the following Sunday, June 19. “Twenty-five teams from across the world will participate in the official World Cup for Offshore Powerboat racing and it will be broadcast globally,” the organisers said. Celebrity drivers will be in the boats, Bruno Senna and David Gandy amongst them on Vector Martini Racing and adventurer Bear Grylls as part of the support team. It is one of the favourites to win. Last year the Vector V40R race boat broke four speed records on Coniston Water and retained the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race title, with a maximum speed of 135mph. These boats are built for offshore racing, Aidan Foley told me in this Podcast interview, when I asked him about the race after the boats leave Cork and he also told me that a male model, surprising as that might seem, will be crewing on the powerboats around Ireland.

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Cork Harbour got a tast of the next June’s Venture Cup - the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race when two of the entries took a spin around the second largest natural harbour in the world.

As reported at the weekend, running at speeds in excess of over 160 kilometres per hour, Ireland’s ‘Team Hibernia’ and England’s ‘Vector Martini’ drew quite a crowd of excited spectators as they tested the 32 kilometre course which will be covered seven times by 25 international raceboats on Sunday June 12th next.

“This was a necessary test” reported Venture Cup Racing Director, Peter Dredge. “These boats usually only race very long-distances offshore, but Cork Harbour is particularly special so we’ve been working hard with the Port of Cork to deliver a really great in-harbour course for the first leg of the race”. Following on from the opening leg in Cork, the fleet will then charge along the Wild Atlantic Way with stops in Dingle, Galway, Killybegs and Belfast, before charging into Dublin for the closing weekend on Saturday 18th of June.

Aside from the spectacle of world-class racing in Cork Harbour, the people of Cork can also look forward to a great free festival in the centre of the city, as the fleet will be moored on Custom House Quay and surrounded by a free public festival right across the opening weekend - something which Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council is greatly looking forward to “The Venture Cup is one of the world's most prestigious marine events and we are delighted that the organisers have chosen Cork as its start point in Ireland. We're especially pleased that Corkonians and visitors to our city will get an opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent boats along while enjoying the party atmosphere at the quayside event next June. We're very confident that the event will attract crowds in excess of those who attended the Tall Ships event in 1992.”

The Mayor of County Cork is equally full of anticipation for next June’s event “Cork County Council is delighted to work with the organisers of the Venture World Cup to bring the race to Cork Harbour and West Cork’s Haven Coast in 2016. We view this event as an important milestone in demonstrating the tourism potential of Cork Harbour and the spectacular Cork coastline.”

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Irish entry into June's Venture Cup offshore powerboat race, 'Hibernia Racing', will be launched and tested in Cork Harbour tomorrow. The Aluminium ALLBLACK SL44 will be testing alongside Vector Martini in the harbour from 1200–1600.

The crew for the 700–mile race is John Ryan, Driver and throttles, Philip Fitzgibbon, Navigation and co-driver, Ant Middleton (lead presenter from C4's series, SAS dare to win) Tactical and stamina training. There will be other 'non controlling' guest crew during the event. The boat is an FPT turbo diesel powered @ 1140 hp, 44' all aluminium, 100 mph with 650–mile range.

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Billed as the 'World's longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race' the Venture Cup takes place around Ireland from June 12th to 17th. The race was launched in Dublin in January.

It is understood the two race 40-foot race boats will be operating from Cobh tomorrow but will be viewable from Fort Camden. The boats, with a value of up to €200,000, are built for long distance marathon races. The boats plan to visit Cork City centre on Tuesday.


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Dublin City’s Custom Quay was the host on Thursday for guests and celebrities as they gathered to launch the Venture World Cup powerboating event in Ireland.
Having won the right to host the world’s most exciting festival of powerboat racing, which promises to fire Irish imaginations and put the country on the map as a global marine event organiser, the Venture World Cup was officially launched by An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
The race, which takes place in Ireland in June, will see 25 of the world’s best teams battling it out over seven days of incredible action on the water in a spectacle only matched by the party in each of the ports on route.
Thursday’s launch saw some of Ireland’s most well-known personalities join the An tArdmhéara on Dublin’s Docklands to ‘Feel the Noise’, including hotelier and RTE star John Brennan and Anthony Middleton from Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, who all came together to witness the spectacular sight of three world class powerboats roaring into Dublin’s quays.
“Hosting the final stages of the Venture World Cup in Dublin promises to be a highlight in the city’s calendar of events for 2016,” said An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
“As host partner, Dublin City Council looks forward to working with the Venture Cup team and Dublin Port to deliver a unique shore based festival experience to complement the spectacular water sport activity in Dublin Bay.
“I am delighted to welcome the 25 teams taking part in this prestigious sporting event, which will showcase Dublin's capacity for hosting international sporting events yet again to a global audience. Tugaim fáilte roimh gach duine chuig Baile Átha Cliath don ócáid speisialta seo.”
Billed as the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race, the Venture World Cup features the biggest, loudest and fastest boats in the world.
As well as the top names from power boating, the crews include supermodel David Gandy and motorsport legend Bruno Senna.
The epic adventure begins in Cork on June 10, and will take in many of Ireland’s coastal towns along the journey to the finish line in Dublin.
The organisers have chosen Ireland, and it’s Wild Atlantic Way as the venue for the race as it offers some of the most challenging and demanding racing in the world. Racing 200 miles a day, the event will stop in Dingle, Galway, Killybegs and Belfast.
Venture Cup Racing Director and multiple world powerboat racing champion, Peter Dredge said: “This is going to push teams and their raceboats to the absolute limit. The wild Atlantic coast of Ireland is no place for the faint-hearted, and only the bravest and best prepared will succeed.”
Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Simon Coveney added: “The event will link up so many of the coastal towns of this island. This will be one of the biggest events the country will witness this summer, and it will capture both the imaginations of Irish people and those wishing to visit the country this summer.
“It’s not only a high-end offshore power boating race, but a major international spectacle which will put Ireland on the map for big marine-based events.”
As part of the launch proceedings it was announced that the charity Haven will be the global charity party for the Venture World Cup.
Haven works solely in Haiti, empowering Haitians to build strong and sustainable livelihoods. Haven is working tirelessly on the ground providing shelter, access to clean water and employment opportunities to thousands of struggling families.
Leslie Buckley, founder and chairman of Haven, said: "Haven is delighted to be chosen as the global charity partner of the Venture Cup, which is a tremendously innovative and exciting sporting event destined to bring the international sporting spot light to Ireland.
“This is a huge honor for Haven and will allow us to reach a new platform to raise vital funds for our extensive work on the ground in Haiti, which needs ongoing substantial funding and support to continue."
The epic seven days of racing will finish in Dublin, where a celebration of epic proportions awaits. More than 500,000 spectators are expected to fill Dublin’s docklands and Dublin Bay for daytime racing and evening parties between June 17 and 19.
Fáilte Ireland will be supporting the Venture World Cup as one of their key events in Ireland this summer.
"Fáilte Ireland is delighted to support the 2016 Venture Cup in what is sure to be an eventful and thrilling race,” said a spokesperson.
“International events such as this are not only an important draw for overseas visitors, they also provide an incredible opportunity to attract future visitors to Ireland as scenes from the race are broadcast across the globe.
“This year as the teams navigate their way through the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way before arriving in Dublin's action-packed coast we have no doubt that visitors and viewers alike will see that Ireland has something to offer that is unlike any other destination. We look forward to welcoming the teams, their crews, families and friends in June.”
While the action will be on the high seas, and the celebrations will be in some of Ireland’s best cities and towns, Minister Simon Coveney believes the international spotlight will significantly boost Ireland’s blue economy, bringing jobs and tourism to the country as well as showcasing Ireland’s incredible coastline.
“The technology involved in an event such as this further showcases the development and research currently being carried out in marine-based events, and Ireland will be at the forefront of this Industry,” he added.
“On so many levels this is an incredibly positive event for Ireland and we are very lucky to be able to host it in 2016.
“The Venture World Cup offers us another opportunity to demonstrate everything Ireland can offer as a sports-tourism destination, a centre for marine-based excellence, and a spotlight on our magnificent Wild Atlantic Way to the rest of the world. I am truly looking forward to being part of Venture Cup Ireland 2016.”

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The Dublin launch of powerboating's Venture Cup takes place this Thursday in Dublin. The Cup takes place in June this year around the Irish coast including Dublin Bay and Cork Harbour and organisers claim it will be seven days of 'high octane, full throttle adrenaline-fuelled racing through thousands and thousands of miles of waves in the ultimate test of speed, skill and endurance'.

With its roots tracing back to the early 1900s, the Venture Cup is claimed to be the 'longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race in the world'. 25 teams are expected to contest the Cup starting from Cork Harbour on Sunday, June 12 and concluding in Dublin a week later.

British male supermodel David Gandy and motor racing star Bruno Senna are both part of the Vector Martini team among the favourites to take the trophy while global adventurer Bear Grylls will also be part of the support team. The organisers say Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has also thrown his weight behind the 'exciting new addition to the Irish sporting landscape'.

Also in attendance and available for interview this Thursday as part of the launch in Dublin will be Irish rugby international Jamie Heaslip, the star of Channel 4's ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Ant Middleton. 


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#Powerboats - The Venture Cup for powerboat racers headlines a "bumper calendar of events" in Galway Harbour next June, as the Connacht Tribune reports.

Galway will be the only in-port race stop on the 1,000 mile challenge, reportedly "the longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race in the world".

And what in-port racing that will be, as up to 25 of the world's very best powerboat racers will blitz past Salthill Promenade towards the Atlantic from 16 June at such speeds that they'll be using the Aran Islands "as a chicane".

Not only that, but the celebrity involvement is sure to bring out the crowds to Galway and ports clockwise around Ireland from Cork to Dublin.

TV adventurer Bear Grylls is believed to have booked a berth on board one of the super-speed boats that can go as fast as 240mph, while Ireland will be represented by the youngest competitor, 18-year-old Adam Brennan – son of hotelier and host of RTÉ TV's At Your Service, John Brennan.

The Connacht Tribune has more on the story HERE.

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#powerboat – Irish offshore powerboat racer John Ryan has been announced as driver and throttleman of powerboat entry HTS Apache Perkins in the Venture Offshore Cup London to Monte Carlo Powerboat Race 2014.

This epic adventure last took place in 1972 and was won by the same boat in which Ryan is now driving and throttling. The Legendary HTS Apache Powerboat is owned by Nick Wilkinson Racing and supported by Perkins Marine Engines.

The Venture Offshore Cup is the worlds Longest, toughest and most prestigious race.  More here.

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#venturecup – Having promised so much in the months leading up to June, the Venture Cup Prologue powerboat race had a lot to live up to. It was billed as not only the World's longest powerboat race, but also the toughest and most prestigious. After a difficult birth it was time to leave the talking and the hype at the dock and see how the raceteams could do battle with the seas, and one another.

The build-up began right in the heart of London's ultra-modern financial district, Canary Wharf. The sight of fiercesome ocean-class powerboats designed for the toughest of nature's elements, positioned among the ultra-cosseted power-towers marked the first of what was to become a week of contrasts. If there was any doubt concerning the level of power on display it was blown away in a cacophony of horse-power on the eve of the race when the boats finally all took to the water and engaged in a brief but exquisite maritime roar which was heard as far away as Oxford Street. Adrenaline now flowing, we were hours away from the early Saturday morning start. Just two matters to take care of first – the full race briefing and the presentation of the first ever Venture Cup award. This one was for the 'Zenith Watches Best Presented Boat' and it went to the dreamingly beautiful new American Chief 'Warpath' designed by offshore legend Bob Saccenti.

The early low-tide meant that getting out of the lock at Wood Wharf necessitated an 0600 start, which allowed the teams to enjoy some breakfast hospitality at the wonderfully quirky Greenwich Yacht Club, before making the long parade-run from Tower Bridge down to the rejuvenated setting of Southend-on-Sea for the full speed 'Hot Start'. Nine raceboats are in the starting line, after Team Microlink make a late withdrawal, and Team Boss just miss out on scrutineering despite a massive body of work to get their magnificent new boat completed. Safety officer, Richard Salaman, had been engaging with weather stations throughout the route all morning and things aren't looking good – difficult storm conditions for the first few hours were increasing to impossible conditions down in the Channel Islands, the fleets intended finish for Leg 1. Senior official, Rob Andrews (the Officer of the Day) communicates to the teams that the race would start as planned and a final decision would be made prior to the fleet reaching the key waypoint of the Needles on the south-western corner of the Isle of Wight.

The dance of race-muster begins. Yellow flag appears through the waves and spray from the start-boat. In formation the racefleet jump and smash as they get ready to unleash the horses. Green flag up. Race is away, and the noise is deafening.

Immediately the big guns of established racers on the proven 'Cinzano', and the bewildering mix of American and Norwegian rookies on the totally new 'Warpath' charge to the front. Behind them the two Scorpion Ribs, Grey Ghost and Hot Lemon, are battling hard with the fancied Fabio Buzzi 'Birretta Due' rib. Hot on the charge behind these are Francis Whitley with drafted-in navigator Eric Smilie on board 'Fugitive', John 'Cookee' Cooke and Tom Montgomery Swan on 'E-Lites BananaShark', the irrepressible Gordon Compton on 'My Pleasure II', and the amazing legend of 'HTS Perkins' – a boat that had won the ultimate London to Monte-Carlo race in 1972, won some world championships, was retired to a museum, and was then entirely re-built and made race-ready once more by Nick Wilkinson and his remarkable team.

By Ramsgate the entire fleet was getting truly hammered. Standing waves of over four metres stood between each boat and progress. Smashing through meant tons of water crashing across decks, into bilges and drysuits. Toughest powerboat race in the World? By the end of the day the telemetry on Cinzano would show over 1,000 impacts in excess of 10G. So much for rich boys paying with their toys. This was a battle, and the luxury of Canary Wharf was literally an ocean, and a weather-front, away. In such conditions it was only natural that there'd be casualties and the first was E-Lites BananaShark who took a triple-stuff off Ramsgate, flooding their engine bay and putting them out of the event. A cruel result for a hugely professional and well-prepared team. Next in nature's sights was Eric on 'Fugitive' who took a forehead-opening crack off the windscreen. We won't embarrass Fugitive's skipper Francis Whitley by giving his age, other than to say that if he was prepared to continue, there was no way Eric's bleeding head was going to slow them up. Francis has earned the respect of all powerboaters down through the years and this was yet another day for him to shine.

At the front Warpath were slowly getting to grips with the conditions. Having shadowed Cinzano for the early stages, possibly for navigational reasons, they now decided to open the taps and showed Cinzano a clean wake as they powered ahead – right into the Dover exclusion zone and an automatic disqualification from that leg. Their problems continued when they sought to refuel at Brighton without much success.

With Cinzano leading the fleet towards the Isle of Wight the news broke that conditions in Guernsey had worsened so the leg was curtailed by Bob Eddings at the Needles Fairway. Crossing the Channel would wait until day two. Tonight the fleet would recover in Poole.

Sunday morning saw improved conditions and the fleet revelled in the calmer seas as they pointed their bows towards the Channel Islands. The rivalry of Day 1 continued as Cinzano and Warpath ran side by side for the entire leg, with Warpath crossing the finish line only four seconds in the lead – an astonishing finish after so many open water miles. First into the welcoming shores of Guernsey today also meant capturing the prestigious Guernsey Gold Cup which was presented in style that evening, at a Vin D'Honneur hosted by the States of Guernsey at Castle Cornet, to Warpath. The evening concluded to the wonderful sounds of boats from the Guernsey Powerboat Association tearing up their local waters with championship racing in front of a large audience.

Day 3 and a race to Jersey beckoned. Along the way the fleet would have to face the fearsome Guillot Passage a number of times. This is a notorious channel running between Sark and a rocky outcrop. Less than one hundred feet wide, and bordered by sheer rock-face, this is the home of legends and well-placed fear for powerboat racers down through the ages.

Once the fleet had successfully held their nerve through the jaws of Guillot, they turned for Jersey in what was to prove the fastest day of racing. GPS tracks showed that the leaders pushed through 100mph – spectacular speeds for these monsters that are primarily designed to push through the harshest ocean conditions.

Into the circuit at Saint Helier in Jersey and the cat-and-mouse between Cinzano and Warpath continues. The addition of these large end-of-stage circuits brings an added element of spectacle since pretty soon the leaders are joined by the other boats, giving spectators a fantastic vista of the full Venture Cup fleet racing hard at the one time.

Coming down the final back straight the two leaders are side by side and inches apart at more than 90mph. Warpath edges in front at the final mark, but go just wide enough to allow Cinzano sneak in and take the flag. Just two seconds separate first and second. This is unheard of for this class of racing.

Grey Ghost take third, followed closely by Hot Lemon. Birretta Due experience mechanical problems but are still good for fifth. My Pleasure II follow in sixth, and HTS Perkins suffer a catastrophic fuel-line failure at the finish-line. Their day is over and they'll be returning to Guernsey that afternoon under tow. Fugitive sat out today's racing.

After a few short hours of banter, refreshment and interviews the wonderful hosts of Jersey say goodbye to the Venture Cup fleet as the noise levels are pushed up again for the race restart. Having just been pipped to the post in the morning, this time Warpath are taking no chances and charge to an early lead – one they'll hold right to the finish-line in Guernsey which they storm across at over 90mph.

Day four – the final leg. Tired, battered and bruised bodies assemble for the early-morning briefing in Guernsey. Despite poor weather a full course is being run. A cheer from race supporters, subdued moans from the crews. Online the fans that had tracked the race throughout the previous days settle down once more in the hope of another epic day of racing. The storms of day one smashing boats and bodies. The disappearance of Cinzano from the tracker system plunging the race into an international web-based guessing game. The high-speed thrills and close-quarter action from Day 3. Throughout it all we had the engrossing Cinzano/Warpath battles, the Grey Ghost/Hot Lemon battle of the Scorpions, the desire of Birretta Due to unlock the awesome power of their Buzzi rib. My Pleasure II and Fugitive pushing through everything in their path, and the romance of HTS Perkins capturing the hearts of everyone that hears her story.

All are on the start line today and nobody knows what the constantly changing conditions will bring. Everything, as it turns out. Flat water, foul water, rain, sunshine, high seas, high drama all come together for the closing, nail-biting finale.

Over the following hours, the drama continues to rise as technical gremlins start to creep into some of the boats. Cinzano suffers problems with their on-board navigation and are caught by Grey Ghost, Birretta Due's engine problems appear again and they're forced to slow, and HTS Perkins seem to be having continuing problems with their fuel-line. In the run to the finish-line Warpath have a clear lead, but word starts spreading that a key navigation mark may have been missed. It won't put them out of today's racing but it would mean a time-penalty if true. They take the chequered flag at Bournemouth Pier and are first to kiss the pontoon at Poole Quay. Cinzano get their systems back up and come home second, followed by Grey Ghost, Hot Lemon, Birretta Due, Fugitive, My Pleasure II and HTS Perkins.

Post-race investigations show that Warpath did indeed miss the mark but it hardly matters any more. Cinzano were always most likely to win after Warpath were disqualified from leg one. It's now time to peel off the race-suits for the last time and get ready to party.

The longest – yes. The toughest – without a doubt. The most prestigious – certainly. This was only intended to be a shakedown race, an opportunity to test systems in advance of the big Venture Cup race from London to Monte-Carlo in 2014. This year's race was only a quarter of the distance of next years. In the end it provided some of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding racing in memory. As the music played loud into the night of the final prize-giving party in Poole the celebrations among the raceteams were hard-earned and justified. Ahead of them lies months of more training, preparation, and sacrifice. Behind them lies the immediate memories of being part of a truly epic adventure.

Final Results:

1. Cinzano
2. Grey Ghost
3. Hot Lemon
4. Birretta Due
5. My Pleasure II
6. Warpath
7. Fugitive
8. HTS Perkins
9. E-Lites BananaShark

HTS Perkins

1. Cinzano
2. Birretta Due
3. Warpath

1. Grey Ghost
2. Hot Lemon V

1. My Pleasure II
2. Team E-Lites

CLASS G Motor Cruiser
1. Fugitive

1. HTS Perkins

Withdrawal – Team Microlink
Failed Scrutineering – Team Boss

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