Exton's Miles Jennings wins first leg of Round Britain powerboat race

PUBLISHED: 14:01 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

The first leg of the Round Britain powerboat race.

The first leg of the Round Britain powerboat race.

WORLD powerboat racer Miles Jennings, from Exton, set the pace when his team was first across the line in the first leg of the Round Britain powerboat race.

WORLD powerboat racer Miles Jennings, from Exton, set the pace when his team was first across the line in the first leg of the Round Britain powerboat race.

Miles Jennings' team, and boat Silverline Original Style, on Saturday battled through adverse weather conditions - where four competitors had to be rescued after their boat, the Blue Marlin, sank 10 miles off Torbay - during the first leg of the race, from Portsmouth to Plymouth.

Mr Jenning's team is competing to be the fastest to sail 1,600 nautical miles around the coast of Britain, in what is known as the 'Mount Everest' of power boating - and the first event of its kind to be held for more than 25 years.

Mr Jennings said: "We're absolutely elated to win the first leg of the round Britain race. It really is a fantastic feeling."

High winds on Sunday forced organisers to cancel the second leg of the race.

Some 40 powerboats were unable to race from Plymouth to Milford Haven, in Wales, after weather conditions were judged to be too hazardous - with forecasts of high winds and waves of up to 30 foot high (9m) in the Bristol Channel.

Mr Jennings' vessel was taken by road to the next leg of the race, while other competitors waited for calmer seas.

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