The Dublin launch of powerboating's Venture Cup takes place this Thursday in Dublin. The Cup takes place in June this year around the Irish coast including Dublin Bay and Cork Harbour and organisers claim it will be seven days of 'high octane, full throttle adrenaline-fuelled racing through thousands and thousands of miles of waves in the ultimate test of speed, skill and endurance'.
With its roots tracing back to the early 1900s, the Venture Cup is claimed to be the 'longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race in the world'. 25 teams are expected to contest the Cup starting from Cork Harbour on Sunday, June 12 and concluding in Dublin a week later.
British male supermodel David Gandy and motor racing star Bruno Senna are both part of the Vector Martini team among the favourites to take the trophy while global adventurer Bear Grylls will also be part of the support team. The organisers say Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has also thrown his weight behind the 'exciting new addition to the Irish sporting landscape'.
Also in attendance and available for interview this Thursday as part of the launch in Dublin will be Irish rugby international Jamie Heaslip, the star of Channel 4's ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Ant Middleton.