NEARLY 40 craft are expected to take part in the Poole Bay 100 powerboat event this weekend.

The event will unfold off the coast of Bournemouth and Poole with races finishing south of Bournemouth pier.

From 12.30pm on Saturday May 29 around 10 ThunderCat race boats will compete, followed by up to 26 Offshore boats from 2.30pm.

There will also be two races held between 11am and 3pm on Sunday.

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Race Control will be at Poole Quay Boat Haven with safety controlled from a mobile unit on Bournemouth's East Overcliff Drive.

A spokesman for the organisers said: "These are high-speed races taking place in a potentially busy area within Poole Bay and the approaches to the Western Solent.

"In the interests of safety, all craft not participating in the event are advised to keep well clear of the start/finish area. All vessels should proceed with caution and be very aware of their surroundings and nearby vessels whilst navigating in or near to the areas of racing."