Following two years of negotiations and planning, Iconic World Powerboat and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda have agreed to jointly host their first major international powerboat regatta.
From a BCD Offshore International Limited Press Release.
With the full support of the Prime Minister, Gaston Brown and the Minister of Tourism, Asot Michael and the Minister of Sport, Chet Green the event is going to bring the worlds best powerboat racers to Antigua in March 2018.
This iconic powerboat race is the latest and most exciting addition to our yachting calendar.
It introduces the destination to power boat; jet ski racing enthusiasts, who for the first
time will experience this exciting event in the beautiful waters of Antigua and Barbuda.
The international exposure that we will receive from hosting the first of its kind in the region of professional powerboat racing, is in direct alignment of the country’s vision to make
Antigua and Barbuda a household name in the international yachting and marine circuit.
The event in Antigua covers the whole island and also includes a concert at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium featuring an internationally renowned artist (separate announcements will be made)and a massive variety of boats from the USA, Caribbean and Europe.
The organisers intend to bring at least 150 boats to the island for a 10 day festival of powerboat racing.
CEO Richard Teideman explained:
We are delighted to be able to announce this event to the world.
We have been planning it for a very long time and thanks to the courage and enthusiasm of the people of Antigua we expect it to be one of the most exciting new events on the motorsport calendar.
With two major ports of operations, Jolly Beach and English Harbour, the regatta encompasses every possible type of boat.
From jetskis and single seater Formula 2 boats to massive 200mph offshore boats there are opportunities for every class of racer to participate.
Chief Operating Officer Eugene Bari said:
Iconic World Powerboat is designed to be the Olympics of powerboat racing.
We have seen how hard the individual promoters and racers work to make the sport exciting and by combining the efforts of the global powerboat racing community we think our vision is something that will appeal to everyone.
The Iconic World Powerboat Concept is designed to include everyone involved in marine motorsport.
Our aim is to join the dots up.
This is an opportunity for every race team in the world to get together in one place, at one time and celebrate our love of the sport.
Iconic World Powerboat have already secured the support of 70 teams (40 teams from offshore
circuit, 20 inshore teams,10 Marathon boats and 2 Turbine boats).
Teideman explained that the ‘reaction has been overwhelming’.
We haven’t had a single refusal to attend.
In fact people are pestering us to sign up.
It’s been amazing so far.
The government of Antigua and Barbuda have been amazingly supportive and we are working as closely as we can with them to create a world centre of excellence around Falmouth Harbour there.
We can offer year round, warm weather training facilities there and the best variety of sea conditions possible.
Antigua ticks all the boxes for hosting a truly world class event like this.