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Old 03-09-2016, 04:27   #1
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Cowes-Torquay Powerboat Race

I'm finally back in Cowes after the 3000-mile round trip to Eastern Finland and back.

Cowes is a beehive of racing activity during the summer, and the summer is not yet over. Yesterday there was a huge Etchells race, and today there are races going on all over the Solent. Cowes is not only the center of the universe, where offshore sail racing is concerned, offshore powerboat racing also takes place here. There is a gaggle of hot powerboats in Cowes today getting ready for the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes offshore powerboat race, which starts tomorrow.

Wow, that's a crazy race. The record is nearly 100 knots (!) over the 200-odd mile course.

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I know those waters well -- you would have to be completely insane. I think I'll anchor out tomorrow and watch the start.

A Marathon battle at Cowes – Cowes Classic 2016
"You sea! I resign myself to you also . . . . I guess what you mean,
I behold from the beach your crooked inviting fingers,
I believe you refuse to go back without feeling of me;
We must have a turn together . . . . I undress . . . . hurry me out of sight of the land,
Cushion me soft . . . . rock me in billowy drowse,
Dash me with amorous wet . . . . I can repay you."
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