LEADING Isle of Wight powerboat racer Frankie Rose drove Vintage Torque to victory in the shortened Cowes-Poole-Cowes race in what were the worst weather conditions seen off the Island this summer.

Courses for this year's historic Cowes-Torquay-Cowes and the Cowes-Poole-Cowes races had to be shortened due to the stormy conditions.

This year’s Cowes-Poole-Cowes event was forced to run a shortened 'storm' course over 41.80 nautical miles, which comprised two laps going into Poole Bay. 

Rose, with co-driver Vee Ganjavian, came in at 45mins 33secs — three-and-a-half minutes ahead of their nearest challenger, Jupiter, in speeds averaging 63.36mph.

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race was run over 91.10 nautical miles, with Silverline, driven by Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings, winning the race in 1hr 55.55 mins, to take the 2018 UKOPRA Championship (The Harmsworth Trophy) and the Marathon 2018 World Offshore Championship.

  • For more details, follow the report in this Friday's County Press.