One of the biggest on-the-water events of the year, the British Powerboat Festival, takes place at Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Saturday/Sunday, 27th/28th August and among the front-running crews taking part will be London pairing Simon Bayles (Battersea) and Philippa Baker (Kensington).
Currently equal second in the spectacular P1 SuperStock Championship – the UK’s premier national powerboat racing series – Bayles and Baker have taken the sport by storm in 2011 with a series of truly sensational performances. Most impressive though is the fact the Team 88 crew is in its first season!
“We’re really very pleased with how things have gone so far”, says Bayles, “We’re going quickly and to be second equal in the championship is fantastic. Cowes will be a major test though, the first full endurance off-shore race. We’ve raced in bays, raced on a river and now the big one out at sea from Cowes to Poole and back.”
Edox and Pertemps are two of the most experienced crews in P1 SuperStock, but Team 88 is most certainly edging closer and closer as the season progresses. The upcoming Cowes event, which will take place on 27/28 August, is the fourth of five championship events on the 2011 calendar with the series – dubbed ‘Race to Liverpool’ – concluding on Merseyside next month.
For a full timetable of events visit: http://cowes2011.co.uk/timetable.htm