AN EXCITING sporting spectacle returns to West Bay this weekend as the annual powerboat race is held.

The Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA) Powerboat Race will take place on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30.

The races can be viewed from the shore – but spectators are advised to behave responsibly and observe social distancing.

It will be one of the few big local events taking place this year which people can enjoy.

Races will run from 11.30am until 4.45pm on the Saturday and 11am until 3.10pm on the Sunday. Proceedings will then be rounded off with a prize giving service at 4.30pm on the Sunday afternoon.

One of the organisers of the event, Steve Oaten, said: “It’s great to be able to put on an event, to give people something to go out and enjoy whilst still stay safe and vigilant.

"We still have restrictions, of course, but we are doing what we can, where we can to keep within the guidelines - but we also have to rely on members of the public to use their own initiative.

"The sun appears to finally be coming out this weekend, so everything seems to be falling into place. We're looking forward to putting the event on."

Social distancing measures will be in place and staff will be reminding people of the rules where necessary, but Mr Oaten says it will be down to onlookers to ensure they behave responsibly.

He said: “Obviously we have to be strict – we need to make sure we don’t break the rules. If we see social distancing breaches we would advise them but obviously we have no power or control over the public.

"Last year people were very sensible and co-operative so I'm sure this year will be no different."

The event was last held in October. Organisers made the decision not to advertise the race, with some residents expressing concerns in the lead up that the event was being held during the pandemic with fears of crowds of people being attracted.

Covid marshals were on hand to ensure people were practising social distancing, signage was up along the promenade to remind people of the regulations at the time and residents were encouraged to stay at home and watch the event via a Facebook stream.

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