Ireland’s Team Hibernia and England’s Vector Martini clocked up speeds in excess of 160km/ph during trials in Cobh Harbour, Co Cork, ahead of the Venture Cup inshore leg on June 12.

Venture Powerboat race

Testing the waters in Cobh Harbour ahead of the inshore leg of the 2016 Venture Cup in June

Twenty-five international raceboats will compete over the 32km course in what is described as the world’s ‘toughest and most prestigious’ powerboat race.

“This was a necessary test. These boats usually only race very long distances offshore but Cork Harbour is particularly special,” commented Venture Cup racing director, Peter Dredge. “We’ve been working hard with the Port of Cork to deliver a really great in-harbour course for the first leg of the race,” he added.

“This is a truly wonderful adventure,” remarked Venture’s Stuart Walker. “We’re bringing the event to Cork and Ireland because we know how well people here react to major events, and we intend to put on a show that people will be talking about fondly for decades.”

After the inshore leg, the fleet heads westwards, stopping into Dingle, Galway, Killybegs and Belfast, before heading southwards to Dublin for the closing weekend on Saturday June 18.