The Great Race 2017 – Events in Trinidad and Tobago
Starting point: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Finish: Scarborough, Tobago
Date of Event: 19th & 20th of August 2017
The 49th Event Great Race
The Trinidad and Tobago Great Race is one of the longest offshore regattas in the world. Hundreds of spectators would gather from the Foreshore, Port of Spain all the way up to Grand Riviere Trinidad whether on land or sea it’s a thriller that you cannot miss. Before the special 50 next year (first race held was in 1969).
This annual Great Race is an exciting power boat race that starts in Trinidad and ends in Tobago. And the approximate distance is an 85-mile. Boats of different classes compete in different classes:
- A Class is 130 mph
- D Class 95 mph
- E Class 80 mph
- F Class 70 mph
- G Class 60 mph
Most powerboats have an average speed of 90+ mph. This year the race will be held in mid-August.
Dedicated to Mr. Marshall
This year would be able to remember as it’s dedicated to a powerboat stalwart, Mr. Garth Marshall. He was the former president of the TTPBA and had served on its executive for more than 20 years.
The boats in their designated classes would roar off at 7:45 am vying for supremacy on Trinbago seas. Furthermore, history will be created in this Trinidad and Tobago Great Race. For the first time, a Vee Bottom Hull would complete against the catamarans in the 130 mph class bracket. It’s a race you wouldn’t want to miss.
Who will be the Great Race 2017 winner?
Last year, Hail Paramount was the new champion of the Carib Great Race. The crew of Donald Webster who is the throttle man, Jason Laing the driver and crew chief Patrick Balgobin finished at Tobago in a time of one hour and 10 minutes.
All participants of 2017 did test their boats today and are ready for the race tomorrow!