Powerboats create spectacular scene on Plymouth waterfront
A POWERBOAT race around Plymouth Sound has been hailed a roaring success by organisers.
Boats sped along a course from the Breakwater almost to the foreshore watched by hundreds of spectators from all vantage points.
Two days of racing over the weekend also included water jet bike events.
A spokesman for the P1 Superstock Championship called Plymouth Sound "the Silverstone of powerboat racing" in homage to the famous motor racing circuit.
Simon North said the conditions were flat calm with plenty of sunshine.
He added: "It is such a brilliant amphitheatre. It is not often you look to sea and see green hills beyond. We have been here 15 times and that tells its own story."
Simon added that technical problems with the 250cc Panther boats meant that races did not count towards championship standings.
But he added: "We had lots of close racing with the lead changing several times. We have had a fair few folk watching from the Hoe and other points."
As well as the larger boats, 150CC vessels and water jet bikes also competed.
Spectators lined the walls along Hoe Road and Madeira Road for a grandstand view of the action.
Paul Danby, from Plympton: "I think it is brilliant. It is good that they are here. We were just in town and wandered down because we knew it was going on."
Nic Davies from Stonehouse was there to watch her friend Tim Cope on his water jet bike.
She added: "It is a lovely arena for the race."
Rob Hancock and Jeanette Hancock, from Southway, were there with their 12-year-old granddaughter Rebecca Skelton, who was recording the action on a mobile phone.
Mr Hancock said: "It is quite exciting. There is quite a lot going on this weekend. Plymouth is an excellent place for this sort of thing."