THE TT Power Boats Association’s (TTPBA) Great Race will be held on September 26, it announced on Sunday.
The announcement came immediately following the issuance of Government approval. The event, which was carded for August 22, was postponed due to the Government’s coronavrius safety measures.
TTPBA president Marcus Gomez told Newsday,on Sunday, at least 25 boats will be competing, including all engine classes.
He said, “I wouldn’t consider it scaled down. It will be to the point and there will be virtually no spectators. Everything (apart from the race) will be done online. The boats will be towed back from Tobago right after they finish.”
It is a fully virtual event, with spectators discouraged to convene at the finish line on Store Bay, Tobago.
The TTPBA issued a statement on Sunday thanking the Government, especially the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and the Minister of National Security for giving clearance for the event to proceed.
There will be increased police and coast guard the association said. It asked that private and support vessels adhere to five-person limits on every vessel.
The event will be live streamed on the association’s Facebook page and other channels to be announced.
The title was captured last year by Sheldon Edghill and throttleman Anthony Brash on their 37’ Bowen Energiza, nipping the 95 mph class trophy in the process.
Gomez said the team briefings will be done virtually and there will be no pre- or post- race activities for spectators, including a parade and after party.
He said the racers will undergo basic medical screening before, including temperature checks and standard Covid19 questionnaire.