Minister Cudjoe congratulates Mr. Solo on World Record

The Trinidad and Tobago Great Race has been a keenly-contested staple on the sporting calendar for well over 50 years. According to the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Community Development, “It has become a national pastime. The Great Race sits alongside some of the world’s longest running powerboat races and every year towards the end of July, thousands of loyal fans flock to Tobago for the epic finish. Such is its importance to our sporting history.”


The Sport Minister called Mr. Kenneth Charles and extended congratulations on his Guinness World Record for being the oldest professional powerboating racer at the age of 76. He is the owner/driver of TT Great Race winner Mr. Solo and has been racing since the early 1960s, even before the advent of the Great Race.  Minister Cudjoe admirably confessed, “Mr. Solo’s stellar performance with 18 wins has undoubtedly contributed to the race’s hype and appeal. The iconic red and yellow boat has become a sort of emblem for the event. Our entire Ministry, as well as every powerboating enthusiast across Trinidad and Tobago, is extremely proud of Mr. Charles’ latest accolade – a Guinness World Record. Yet again, our Trinidad and Tobago brand is celebrated on the global sporting stage.” Minister Cudjoe adds, “Mr. Charles has indicated that 2021 may be his last year of competing in the Great Race event. I will surely miss his spectacular performance and the unique energy that he brings to the event. His dexterity and finishes have given us thrilling memories, and for this we express endless thanks to a giant in the powerboating arena.”