Dozens of race boats will hit the waters on Saturday for the Trinidad and Tobago International Great Race from Trinidad to the sister isle of Tobago.
And the boat that navigates the choppy waters the fastest will land itself into the world record books, Paul Gabriel, a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Powerboat executive has said.
The race which is now sanctioned by the world governing body for the sport—the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) – will feature a standardised course that will take participants out of the Gulf of Paria straight to Scarborough for the finish, for a challenging 95 miles drive.
For this year’s 50th anniversary of the event, three international participants including Lucas Oil from the United States, are scheduled to take part for the first time.
One of the boats, is understood to be a 54 feet catamaran called Hoski, that was expected to compete in the 130mph ‘A’ Class, where the country’s top racers such as Mr Solo Too, the event’s defending champion, Paramount, Motul Monster, Jumbie, Ironman and Cat Killer will compete.
The race will feature 43 boats in nine different classes, all scheduled to receive staggered starts on the day, starting at 7.15 a.m. for smaller boats and 8 am for the A-Class competitors,.