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Race Report - 2

The FB Design 39ft RIB powered by twin FPT 560’s had served the team well in 2009, almost winning in a three-boat dash for the line, a remarkable feat for the latest Wettpunkt.com boat in its first ever race.

The lure of a place in history meant much stronger competition in 2010, the landmark 50th anniversary Cowes Torquay Cowes event had drawn some 50 boats to the Festival, 30 of which would compete in the headline event.

The international field including some of the best race boats ever produced in Europe, high in horse power and weight. The less than favourable conditions that would play a significant role in proceedings would favour the heavier, more powerful boats in both races; the FB39 was one of the lightest in the field and with half the power of some.

Cowes 100 – Friday 27th August 2010

The first heat of the UIM Marathon World Cup races got underway amid hazardous conditions as the 2,400 horse power of Red FPT stole a march. Powered by four FPT engines, the craft crossed the line well ahead of its nearest rival. Wettpunkt.com finished in sixth with Bohinc realistic about his chances given the uncertain state of play throughout and in good spirits ahead of the Cowes Torquay Cowes two days later.

“It was a tough race for us, but it was important we finished in one piece,” he said afterwards. “This is a