With the cancellation and postponement of sporting events across the world, it was only a matter of time until a powerboat race was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
F1H2o have announced that their 2020 season curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia has been ‘postponed’.
They issued this statement today:
H2O Racing, promoter and organizer of the UIM- F1H2O World Championship announces that the upcoming Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia has been postponed to a new date due to the coronavirus global outbreak.
The decision has been taken in agree with the Local Organizers and the Official Authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure protection of all the Race’s participants .
The health and safety of local community, participants and staff has always been of paramount importance and come at the top of all priorities.
The intention is to hold the event again at the same location in Jeddah, in the same venue.
Exact details and new dates will be announced in a later stage upon new developments.
The next confirmed round of the UIM F1H2o World Championship is over the weekend of May 8-10 in Portimao, Portugal.
I understand that the event will feature a ‘double-header’, similar to the two races held in China over the same weekend last season, however, with the uncertainty of this outbreak, only time will tell.
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.