Vector Martini wins the prestigious 2014 Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race

Vector Martini partnership celebrates a triumphant return to UK powerboat racing, following the brand's twenty-year absence
from the sport.

Sunday 31 August 2014: Vector Martini Racing finished first in both races, and overall, at the prestigious annual Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race yesterday. The race, also known as Cowes-Torquay-Cowes is regarded as the oldest toughest powerboat race in the world. The team picked up an array of 7 trophies over the weekend including The Beaverbrook Trophy (overall winner), The Mellery-Pratt Challenge Trophy, The Cougar Trophy and The Waynefleet Challenge Trophy.

This is the first time that Vector Martini team has raced in the UK. Martini boasts a rich heritage in power boating but the all British Vector Martini team is the first to carry the distinguished blue and red racing stripes in over two decades, following the official launch of the partnership earlier this year in Monaco. The sleek V40R powerboat was designed and manufactured by Vector Powerboats Inc. in Canada.

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Peter Dredge, chief pilot of the Vector Martini Racing team said: “The team are thrilled to have won both races and the overall title in the prestigious Cowes Classic Offshore Powerboat Race, and to have put Martini back at the top of professional powerboat racing for the first time in over 20 years. The boat handled extremely well and the weeks of careful preparation have delivered a fantastic result.” Peter Dredge - Pilot, Vector Martini Racing.

The race started from Egypt Point on the Isle of Wight and the powerboats crossed over 90 nautical miles to Torquay, before returning to finish right outside the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. Supporters came out in large numbers to watch the spectacle from hundreds of boats as well as from various locations along the South Coast of England.

Mal Crease, Founder and CEO of Vector Martini Racing added: “This was a very competitive and experienced field to take on in our first competition but the boat performed flawlessly and the strategy paid off. We knew a win in our class was achievable but to take the overall title was a great result, particularly against some more powerful boats. I am genuinely delighted for both the team and for our partnership with Martini.” Malcolm Crease, CEO, Vector Martini Racing

Vector Martini Racing will continue its programme later this month with an attempt to break the UIM Cross Channel World Record from Poole to Cherbourg.

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THE VECTOR MARTINI TEAM AFTER WINNING THE 2014 COWES CLASSIC OFFSHORE POWERBOAT RACE
About MARTINI

One of the most iconic brands in the world MARTINI® the leading name in Italian winemaking and a purveyor of the highest quality aromatized and sparkling wines. The award-winning, vibrant and bittersweet taste of the MARTINI range is the result of secret blends of more than 40 botanicals sourced from the finest locations across the globe. The MARTINI portfolio includes: MARTINI Bianco, MARTINI Rosato, MARTINI Rosso, MARTINI Extra Dry, MARTINI Asti, MARTINI Moscato d'Asti, MARTINI Prosecco, MARTINI Rose, MARTINI Brut and MARTINI Royale. Created in 1863 in Turin, Italy, MARTINI is today part of the Bacardi group portfolio and continues to be the market leader of the category.

The MARTINI brand’s longstanding relationship with motorsport and rich history of both sponsorship and participation in worldwide sporting events began in 1968 with the creation of MARTINI Racing™.

With the brand’s return to powerboating, MARTINI will give consumers a taste of life in the fast lane, bringing a renewed sense of Italian style and glamour to the water and beyond so that a new generation will fall in love with the gioia di vivere(the Italian “joy of living”) that MARTINI brings to the world.

The MARTINI brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

For more information, please visit www.martini.com