The first casualty of the high winds and rough sea in Dammam this weekend is the F4-s Championship.
The H2o organisers have decided that they must leave open the largest window possible tomorrow for the F1 boats to complete qualifying and the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia.
This means that the F4-s teams will start their season in Portimão, May 17-19.
Harvey Smith, who is currently 6000 KM from Dammam, will have a small grin on his face today.
His Moore hull was not ready in time to be shipped to Saudi Arabia and he will go into his debut F4-s race in Portugal for the F1 Atlantic Team, knowing that no other drivers will hold a points advantage over him.
To add extra spice to Smith’s first foray into F4-s, he will have fellow Brit, Sam Whittle as his F1 Atlantic teammate.
There has been speculation today that the 2 canceled races this weekend could be run in Portugal, giving the competitors 4 races – However, the weather in Portimão has been known to be as fickle as that in Dammam.
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.