Marshall: Great Race ready to roar on Saturday
Trinidad and Tobago Powerboat Association Garth Marshall said everything is set for the 45th running of the TTPBA’s Carib Great Race, which roars off Saturday in the waters off the Foreshore opposite Hasely Crawford Stadium.
“We are getting everything handled, and at this stage we are happy with where we are in terms of preparation for the race,” Marshall told the Daily Express yesterday.
Marshall said all categories are fully subscribed, with the 95 mph class having six entrants, while the 70 mph and 80 mph class have five vessels each.
In all, over 25 boats are expected to make the nearly 90-mile annual cross-island trek to the sister isle.
Yesterday at the Trinidad Yacht Club, entrants were subjected to medical examinations and personal equipment inspection.
Today, at the same venue from 6:30 p.m., crews and their support staff will receive their course instructions.
Concerning the forecast weather for Saturday’s event, Marshall said, “we look set to get some good weather, and that will make the racing even keener and more interesting.”
The Race roars off from the Foreshore, reverting to its usual start after it began in front the Hyatt Regency Hotel Waterfront, where there were a few incidents, with vessels crashing into submerged wrecks in the harbour.
Marshall said he deemed the August 10 Parade and Boat Show, which spent a few hours in St James, a success because of heavy crowd interaction.
He is hoping for the same kind of interest come Saturday.