Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight hosts 2012 powerboat festival

Boats at the start of the in the 2011 race
Image caption The boats, which had a crew of at least two, are capable of speeds of more than 100 km per hour

More than 40 boats have competed in the Cowes Classic 2012 Powerboat Festival at the Isle of Wight.

Two traditional races, the 182-mile Cowes-Torquay-Cowes, and the 59-mile Cowes-Poole-Cowes, got under way earlier.

The horsepower of the boats ranged from 150hp up to 2,000hp, with some having a single engine, and others two or more.

The boats, which had a crew of at least two, are capable of speeds of more than 100km/h.

The event was organised by the British Powerboat Racing Club.

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