I guess I have previously spelt out much of the circumstance which, in my opinion, brought about the demise of true offshore powerboat racing internationally.
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Imagine the Asia Powerboat Race organiser's surprise this morning when they awoke to find half of their raceboats had gone missing from the Ma On Shan Promenade.
Airlie Race Week – and this time it’s bigger than ever - coincidentally, August also means Cowes Week in the UK – an equally significant sail-fest!
This discussion follows a series of articles examining the evolution and issues in offshore powerboat racing and questioning its future. It concluded that the conceptual notion of the sport as a true offshore challenge has eroded as the ‘speed’ element usurped every other quality.
The story so far, is the recognition that offshore powerboat racing, globally, has degenerated. This has occurred as individual nations, promotors, clubs and factions created alternatives to the original UIM Class structure template.
My thanks again to the editor for his comments and support – and publishing my posts here on Powerboat Racing World. There have been plenty of ‘Likes’, supportive comments and some great ‘Message’ communications and again, my thanks to all who have taken an interest, it’s very encouraging to know there are many in the offshore community who do ‘get it’!
My two preceding posts examined the rise and fall of offshore powerboat racing and suggest its amateur status is a significant factor.