Looking at the search terms used on the Powerboat Racing World website, the most popular include the word, ‘calendar’.
As we know, due to financial and / or logistical issues, venues and dates are subject to change or cancellation and followers of the sport are keen to keep up to date.
The UIM calendar section of their website is updated regularly and I tend to use that rather than post the rumours and speculation that come across my desk.
It is notable that the season opener of the UIM XCAT World Championship in Fujairah which was slated to take place this month, has now been removed from the UIM calendar.
This then is the revised calendar taken from the UIM site:
2019 UIM XCAT World Championship
Yanbu Saudi Arabia /13 – 15 March (To be confirmed)
Venue TBA Italy / 28 – 30 June (To be confirmed)
Venue TBA TBA / 19 – 21 July (To be confirmed)
Shanghai China / 13 – 15 September (To be confirmed)
Hangzhou China / 20 – 22 September (To be confirmed)
Venue TBA China / 25 – 27 October (To be confirmed)
Dubai UAE / 05 – 12 December (To be confirmed)
However, if I listen to the rumour mill, it would appear that we certainly can’t rely on any of the above dates, particularly as the Dubai race has a date clash with F1H2o in Abu Dhabi!
F1H2o is the most stable of all the series raced under UIM sanction and their current calendar is looking like this:
2019 UIM F1H2o World Championship
Portimao, Portugal / 17-19 May
Evian, France / 5-7 July
TBA, China / 27-29 September
Qingdao, China / 11-13 October
Amravati, India / 15-17 November
Abu Dhabi, UAE / 05-07 December
Sharjah, UAE / 11-14 December
The ‘Open Secret’ within F1H2o and their teams is that the first race of the 2019 World Championship may well take place as early as next month (March).
The teams have been put on standby and we await for official confirmation of the date and exact location.
Since PRW posted the last provisional 2019 UIM F2 World Championship calendar, the proposed event at Locarno, Switzerland has been removed by the UIM.
The latest ‘TBC’ dates and venues are below, although I am told on good authority that you can bet your grandmother’s pension on Kaunus, Tonsberg and Ribadouro.
2019 UIM F2 World Championship
Kaunus, Lithuania / 24 – 26 May
Tonsberg, Norway / 02 – 04 Augus
Riga, Latvia/ 16 – 18 August
Ribadouro Portugal / 13 – 15 September
Sasolburg, South Africa / 29 November – 01 December
Powerboat Racing World will continue to report on the ever fluid calendar situation.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.