This year saw the birth of a new, international race series, the American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship, and the twin promoters – Powerboat P1 and the Offshore Powerboat Association – have today announced that in 2020 they will be returning to all six venues that hosted races this year.
With three race sites in Florida and three in the Midwest, the championship calendar will again feature 13 race classes and run from May to October under the APBA umbrella.
Azam Rangoonwala, CEO of Powerboat P1 said:
Our new partnership with the OPA has enabled us to strengthen the future of offshore racing in the United States by uniting race teams in a way that has been missing for a long time.
All the international teams who participated this year have agreed to race in 2020 and we are expecting more to be added to the line-up.
Our aim is always to stage events that entertain and excite, and the average attendance figure of more than 70,000 across the season is testimony to the appeal of the new series.
OPA President Roland “Smitty” Smith added:
All the race sites saw a tremendous increase in boat count, averaging 60+ teams.
This ensures the enjoyment for race fans, increases value for sponsors and boosts the economic impact for the host venues.
Seeing a series like this has been my dream for many years and thanks to the outstanding teamwork created by P1 and OPA it has now become a reality.
Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant.
He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues.
He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is currently Company Secretary & In-House PR for Powerboat P1.