Going Lean at the finish of the Cowes Classic Powerboat Race. Picture by Simon Kidner.
GOING Lean crossed the line at more than 100mph to win the 53rd Cowes Classic Powerboat Race and the UIM Powerboat Marathon World Crown on Sunday.
Dean Gibbs and his co-pilot Dave Brown put in a fantastic performance, overcoming system problems which saw them stop for repairs during the second leg of the race. They recovered and sprinted to overtake Smokin Aces and Silverline in what proved to be an exhilarating finish.
Dean said: "We had a fantastic ride, did what we had to do and went as fast as we needed to look after the fuel and the boat."
With such perfect flat and calm conditions, the boats were able to reach blistering speeds and there were several epic battles as the fleet spread out and drivers were able to eye up their closest rivals and do their best to stay in front.
This year saw a change in tradition with the boats racing to a finish line at Torquay and gathering in the harbour to restart for the second leg back to Cowes.
A prize is awarded for the winner of each leg with the boat with the fastest combined time winning the overall race and claiming the UIM Marathon Powerboat Class World Title. There are also prizes for the winners of each class or division.
At the half way point in Torquay, Going Lean took A division victory with Silverline (Drew Langdon) second, while in the B division Smoking Aces (Chris and Nick Dodge) were first ahead of B8, driven by Martin McLaughlin.
Going Lean held its position to the finish, with Silverline almost five minutes behind in second. Smokin Aces was a minute behind Silverline for third.