Action from a previous race.
The roar of the powerboats could be heard for the last time off Cowes on Sunday when one of the biggest races in the calendar, the Cowes to Torquay race, sets off.
The 53rd running of what is regarded as the world’s toughest offshore powerboat race could be its last, as organisers, the British Powerboat Racing Club, have said they may not run it again, blaming the tough economic climate.
But the Island has its chance to show how much it enjoys the event by turning out to see the drama of the start — and there is a second chance to see the thrilling race when, for the first time, the event includes a second race, from Torquay back to Cowes.
Historically the boats have raced from Cowes across the south coast of England, where they have turned at Torquay and raced back to the finish. But this year, to give fans a chance to get closer to the noise and action of the event, the boat will stop in Torquay to refuel and then assemble for a second start for a race back to Cowes.
Anyone hoping to see the action needs to be in Cowes for 8.15am when the boats set off, with the race actually starting off The Needles at 9am.
The second start is at Torquay at 2pm with the boats expected back in The Solent at 3pm, finishing at Gurnard Ledge just 15 minutes later.
As well as prime viewing of the craft setting off from outside the Royal Yacht Squadron, vantage points for the racing start include Fort Victoria and The Needles Battery.
Best viewing spot for the finish is likely to be Gurnard Green as the finish line is at Gurnard Ledge Buoy.
One extra point of interest for Islanders is a boat, HTS Perkins, which was built at Souter’s at Cowes, in the 1960s has been lovingly refurbished and is racing again.
There are some 15 entries this year, including two from America and one team from Belgium.
• For the third year running, Paul Hooper and Ben Curtis are organising their Cowes Classic Powerboat Rally. They will muster tonight (Friday), starting at Bembridge, then cruise together to Cowes on the Saturday.
It is hoped there will be nearly 30 boats at the rally, including two pre-war boats.
They are also hoping for a fly past by the Royal Navy Historic Flight, including both the Fairey Swordfish and the Hawker Sea Fury, on Saturday afternoon.