READY TO RACE: Carib Beer marketing manager Antron Forte, third from left, shows off the Carib Great Race People’s Choice Award challenge trophy while Trinidad and Tobago Powerboat Association committee member Garth Marshall, left, holds the sponsorship cheque during the launch of the 2014 Carib Great Race at Carib Brewery Compound, Champs Fleurs, on Friday. Looking on is Carib sponsorship and events manager Colin Murray, second from right, along the Carib brand ambassadors. Above, Fire One, one of the boats that will competing in next month’s Carib Great Race, on display during the launch at the Carib Brewery Compound, Champs Fleurs, on Friday. —Photos: ROGER SEEPERSAD


Great Race set for August 23

By BY Roger Seepersad

The 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Powerboat Association (TTPBA) Carib Great Race will take place on August 23 and the sponsors will be pumping in “beyond half a million dollars” to make sure the latest edition of the signature event on the local powerboat racing calendar is bigger and better than its predecessors.

At a media launch at Carib Brewery compound Champs Fleurs, yesterday, Carib’s sponsorship and events manager Colin Murray explained that aside from sponsoring the race, Carib puts in a lot of money in promoting the event in terms of special packaging as well as other events including the Carib Great Race Parade and Boat Show which will he held on August 9.

Total Monster won the race last year and will be returning this year to defend the title. The organisers said that 27 boats took part in the race last year and they are hoping to get 30 or more competitors this time around.

Registration for the race takes place on July 23 at the T&T Yacht Club in Bayshore when the TTPBA will launch the race and outline details about the participating teams and course. Though the starting point for the race is yet to be confirmed, the finish will be in Scarborough for the third consecutive year.

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