Irish entry into June's Venture Cup offshore powerboat race, 'Hibernia Racing', will be launched and tested in Cork Harbour tomorrow. The Aluminium ALLBLACK SL44 will be testing alongside Vector Martini in the harbour from 1200–1600.
The crew for the 700–mile race is John Ryan, Driver and throttles, Philip Fitzgibbon, Navigation and co-driver, Ant Middleton (lead presenter from C4's series, SAS dare to win) Tactical and stamina training. There will be other 'non controlling' guest crew during the event. The boat is an FPT turbo diesel powered @ 1140 hp, 44' all aluminium, 100 mph with 650–mile range.
Billed as the 'World's longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race' the Venture Cup takes place around Ireland from June 12th to 17th. The race was launched in Dublin in January.
It is understood the two race 40-foot race boats will be operating from Cobh tomorrow but will be viewable from Fort Camden. The boats, with a value of up to €200,000, are built for long distance marathon races. The boats plan to visit Cork City centre on Tuesday.