EXHILARATING speed, gigantic boats and thrilling action — global championship SailGP will return to the Isle of Wight in its second season.

The last event saw record-breaking speeds from the Australian team off of Egypt Point and Team USA capsizing.

Organisers said yesterday (Thursday) the action-packed competition would return to the Island at the end of Cowes Week next year.

The world's fastest boats, 79ft tall F50 Catamarans and recently announced as World Sailing's boat of the year, will compete on the Solent.

Team GB will be looking for their first SailGP event title and redemption — after a dramatic nosedive caused damage to their boat and forced them to retire last time around.

They will seek to fend off rival teams from Australia, China, France, Japan and the United States, with another potential team joining the fray.

GB SailGP team boss Chris Draper said: "Our apprenticeship is over now season one is finished, it’s time to deliver and bring it home for the British fans.

"The turnout last year was unbelievable and something we hadn’t experienced in the sport before, so we can’t wait to unleash the F50s on our home waters and showcase speeds and technology not often associated with the sport."

More than 24,000 spectators turned out to watch the action on the Solent last year, which reached a global audience of 231 million people.

SailGP is working with the Isle of Wight Council, Cowes Week Limited and ABP Southampton to stage the event.

A ticketed spectator area will be set up at Egypt Point, alongside other hospitality areas.

Russell Coutts, SailGP chief executive, said: "Cowes had some of the most exciting action of season one and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next season’s event.

"Cowes is renowned as an iconic sailing venue but also the south coast is a big tourist destination in the summer, and we look forward to welcoming both existing and new fans to witness SailGP.”

Tickets for the two-day event, on August 14 and 15, will go on sale in March.

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