With the 90th UIM General Assembly now underway in the city of Bečići, on the beautiful Adriatic coastline of Montenegro, delegates from around the globe will be discussing various rule changes and clarifications that they hope to introduce over the next few years.
Even the likes of John Puddifoot, the former RYA Powerboat Racing Manager now Chairman of UIM Youth Development, will be presenting a brand new UIM Aquabike training manual, written in conjunction with Montenegro’s own Aleksandar Petrović.
But perhaps the most eagerly anticipated meeting will be taking place on Friday morning in Meeting Room One. This is where the tricky subject of sorting out the racing calendar for the 2018 season will be taking place and it could get very lively when they come to the month of June.
Back in September H2O Racing confirmed that London will host a round of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Powerboat Championship at the iconic Royal Victoria Docks on 15-17 June. The news marked a welcome return of Formula 1 powerboat racing to the country’s capital for the first time in 33 years.
This Friday the UIM Formula Two World Championship teams will also get to see where their series will be taking them and we understand that Round Two will be held in the new venue of Aalborg in Denmark. This is where it gets tricky though because, yes you guessed it, it’s the same weekend as the F1 race in London!
Ok, dates have clashed in the past, it’s almost become common place in the calendar but just how much of a headache will it create for the likes of Team Abu Dhabi, Team Mad Croc BaBa Racing, F1 Atlantic Team and the F1 China CTIC Team who all have drivers competing in both disciplines. Throw into the mix the likes of boat builders Massimo Roggerio and David Moore, along with the various team mechanics and you could end up with a very unsavoury situation if this date clash is unresolved.
Yes, the race weekend in question is in eight months time and things occasionally have a way of sorting themselves out but in a sport where teams are not made up of huge workforces why do we create these problems in the first place? Let’s hope by 09:30 on Friday morning a sensible compromise has been reached for the good of the sport.