An international powerboating festival is set to take place in Cork this summer.
The waters of the River Lee and Cork’s west coast will be host to a modern fleet of endurance offshore racing boats as they battle it out to be crowned UIM Offshore Marathon World Champion over the weekend of July 11 and 12.
The International Power Boat Festival will see four powerboat events take place, three of which will take place in Ireland for the first time.
The festival, organised by The Royal Cork Yacht Club as part of their Cork300 events series celebrating their 300th birthday, will see the world-famous British International Harmsworth Trophy competed for in Cork for the second time.
It was first awarded at an event hosted by The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, in what was the first international powerboat race in 1903.
As part of the festival, the UIM long-distance world record attempt from Cork to Fastnet Rock and back will also take place. The challenge was won last year by Irish team Allblack Racing.
Spectators at Cork Harbour will have the opportunity to see classic boats from the past and solar and alternative energy boats of the future as part of the Classic Motorboat Rally.
Colin Morehead, Chair of Cork300 and Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, said: “I am delighted to see the return of powerboat racing to Cork Harbour after many years.
“The Cork300 events series was developed to look back at where it all began and celebrate the club and Cork Harbour’s 300 years of history.
“We are proud to again host milestone historic events like the Harmsworth Trophy after so many years,” he said.
Mr Morehead said that sustainability is important to the club and that the past, present and future of powerboating will be honoured at the festival along with promoting the use of alternative energy.
He extended an invitation to offshore powerboat racers around the world to participate in the festival and to help celebrate the powerboat racers that have competed down through the years.
“Without their efforts, we may not have the vibrant sport that we see today. We sincerely hope that as in 1903, this event will be the start of a truly historic future for the sport of offshore racing,” he said.