Team Cougar won the first leg of the Cowes Classic Powerboat Festival 2017. Steve Curtis, Richard Carr, James Sinclair and Mark Pascoe comfortably won the first leg from Cowes to Torquay in the Cougar US1-46 in 1 hour 8 minutes, setting a new course record of 97.68 mph.
The Cougar US1-46 is powered by two Mercury Racing 1350 engines; built over 30 years ago the boat was refurbished for the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 2016, which proved to be the toughest race ever with only two teams completing the race within the time limit. Team Cougar won the 2016 race in a total time of 4 hours and 12 minutes, over one hour faster than the runners up.
Cougar Powerboats have an unequalled heritage in the development of record breaking race boats of all types, their boats are tested and developed through the rigours of competing in the extremes of speeds in excess of 150 knots.
Griffon are licenced by Cougar Powerboats to build military and commercial variants of their fast boats known as the Enforcer series. Cougar have a long tradition and exemplary reputation for designing the most capable, fast, military patrol and interceptor craft in the world.
Cougar selected Griffon as their build partner in 2014 due to the excellent quality and experience Griffon were able to demonstrate in building very lightweight high-speed marine vehicles. Together Cougar and Griffon have the expertise to design and build the most capable super-fast platforms.