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Cowes Torquay Cowes 2017 Advance Programme



UIM Marathon rules



UIM Marathon Rules – Updated

Rule 12003.4 will be immediately re-instated into the UIM rules.
Partial canopied boats will continue to be accepted.

For 2017;

  • 2016 rule 502.02 WINGS – Wings will now be permitted
  • 2016 rule 1200.3.16 ANCHOR will be reinstated
  • 2016 rule 508.25 Inflatable life jackets will be permitted

RYA licence application form



RYA approved training organisations



RYA Measurement Certificate application form



The following information regarding the rules and paperwork required for the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Race is provided for guidance only. It is the competitors’ responsibility to ensure they are aware of, and comply with, all the current rules.

General Racing Rules

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race is an ‘international marathon event’. In order to compete, you must have a boat that conforms to the UIM general racing rules as well as the specific rules relating to marathon events. The link to the UIM rules is above. The general racing rules are in sections 300-700, whilst marathon rules are in section 1200 on pages 195-203.

Licences – for all crew

The No1 and No2 Driver must hold an international marathon licence which has been issued by the RYA or a recognised overseas authority. All other crew on board must either hold an international marathon licence, or a marathon crew licence (see below for more details).

For UK competitors, a link to the RYA licence application form is above. All competitors must be a member of an RYA affiliated club and the application form must be counter-signed by the club before it is sent to the RYA.

Competitors who have held a full RYA licence in 2015 or 2016:
If you have held an RYA marathon licence in the last two years, you can renew this licence by applying to the

Applying for a Marathon licence for the first time – or if you have not held a licence in the past two years:
For newcomers to the sport – and for existing competitors that have not held a marathon licence in the past two
years – the following criteria must be met before a licence will be issued:

1. Minimum age requirement – 18 years at time of race
2. RYA Powerboat Race Training must be completed before you send the licence application to your club for endorsement. A link to RYA approved training organisations is above.
3. A detailed CV of powerboat racing and boating experience must be submitted with the Licence Application Form
4. A minimum RYA qualification (or military equivalent) of one of the following:

• RYA Advanced Powerboat
• RYA Day Skipper*
• RYA Coastal Skipper*
• RYA Yachtmaster*

5. Current First Aid Certificate – Driver & Co-Driver/Navigator
6. Current Sea Survival Certificate
7. Immersion Test Certificate – for canopied or partial-canopied boats
* Theoretical qualifications will not be accepted on their own

Marathon crew licence

Any competitor on board who does not have a full international licence must hold a Marathon Crew Licence. This will cost £150 and competitors must apply to the RYA for this in advance of the event. All the relevant sections of the licence application form must be completed, including the medical. Please note: Marathon Crew Licences are only issued to competitors who will not be taking control of the boat, or co-driving, at any time during the race.

50% discount for new competitors to the sport (or those returning after a five-year absence)
New competitors to the sport, or those returning after a five-year absence, will be given a 50% discount on their first year’s full licence. This discount does not apply to competitors who are taking out a marathon crew licence.

Overseas competitors:

Overseas competitors: Any competitor racing on a licence which has been issued by any overseas authority must obtain permission from their national authority, in writing, to compete in Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race. This must be submitted to the Race Secretary in advance of the event.

Sea survival certificates – for all crew

All competitors on board must hold an RYA sea survival certificate. The following qualifications will also be accepted:
• The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Course
• The ISAF – Offshore Personal Sea Survival Course
No other qualifications can be accepted

First aid qualifications – for No1 and No2 drivers

The No1 and No2 Driver must have a current first aid certificate including resuscitation knowledge as defined by the Red Cross or similar.

Measurement certificates and scrutineering

All boats must have a current Measurement Certificate to confirm that it meets the specification of its class. These must be renewed each year. UK competitors are reminded that completed forms must be with the RYA 28 days before the start of the event. A link to the RYA measurement certificate application form is above.

Overseas competitors must also hold a measurement certificate issued by their national authority. This must be emailed to the race secretary 28 days before the event.

All boats will need to pass scrutineering before being allowed to race. The link to the UIM Marathon rules give details about the equipment needed on board, information about lifejackets, protective helmets and so on.

Radio licences

Each competing boat must have a Ship’s Licence for their radio equipment and at least one crew member on any race leg must have a VHF/SRC Operator’s Licence. These licences will be checked at race administration and/or scrutineering. VHF Channel 37 will be used throughout the race.

Competitors racing in a canopied boat

Everyone competing in a boat with a canopy, or partial canopy, must be in possession of a current immersion certificate and have completed a Microdive Basic Diver course. PADI and BASC qualifications are also accepted. These certificates must be submitted when applying for a powerboat racing licence.

Race Instructions

The event race instructions will include comprehensive information about the course, timetable and so on. These will be published on the event website and emailed to all entrants – it is anticipated this will be in early July.

Further Information

For further information regarding race administration (licences, measurement certificates, training, etc) please

Sally Windsor, Race Secretary, Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race 2017

Email: Telephone: 07802 291701

For all other information regarding the event please contact:

Martin Levi, Event Director, Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race 2017

Email: Telephone: 07772 553376