The world’s longest and most spectacular Powerboat race is coming to Cork this summer, bringing a host of famous names with it.
Adventurer Bear Grylls, Dolce & Gabbana model David Gandy and race driver Bruno Senna, the nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, are all going to be part of the Venture Cup, which is coming to Cork this June.
Yesterday, the Vector Martini powerboat was arriving in Cork for an exclusive one-day event to promote the race.
Reaching speeds of over 100kmh, the Vector Martini crew will be taking invited guests for an adrenaline-fuelled spin off the Cork coast.
The Venture Cup will be Ireland’s largest public free event in 2016 , attracting an estimated one million visitors across the week-long series all over Ireland.
Twenty-five teams from across the world will participate in the official world cup for offshore Powerboat racing and it will be broadcast to over 70 channels globally.
The race itself will stretch over 1,000 miles along Ireland’s coastline and offshore racing will be supported by major festivals for the general public in Cork, Galway and Dublin.
The event will begin in Cork on Sunday, June 12, with in-harbour racing. On Monday, the boats will leave Cork for Dingle and the first leg of the race. The boats will finish in Dublin on July 19.
Fáilte Ireland is supporting the event which will showcase Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
The Vector Martini team will be one of the favourites to win the race.
Its all-star team has recently signed up celebrity drivers Bruno Senna and David Gandy while global adventurer Bear Grylls will also be part of the support team.
Last year, the Vector v40R broke four-speed records and attained a max speed of 135mph.
When the event was first announced for Ireland in January, Minister for Marine, Simon Coveney said:
“The event will link up so many of the coastal towns of this island.
This will be one of the biggest events the country will witness this summer, and it will capture both the imaginations of Irish people and those wishing to visit the country this Summer.
It’s not only a high-end offshore power boating race, but a major international spectacle which will put Ireland on the map for big marine-based events.”
This story first appeared in Evening Echo.