The recently formed International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC), will be organising its inaugural event in July, a race for UIM Marathon boats between Falmouth and the Isles of Scilly.
Applications to the UIM and the RYA have been sort, with the intention of awarding the race International Ordinary and British Championship status.
IPRC Co-Chairman Paul Mitchell commented,
We are doing everything we can to make this as easy as possible for the most important people, the racers.
It has taken us almost two years to get the right plans and people in place and now it is really taking off.
An upbeat Eugene Bari told us;
The key to making this work is the enthusiasm of the competitors.
Hopefully the many hours of individual conversations have developed trust between us.
When we say something is possible that is because we know we can deliver.
We know many people are disillusioned and have lost faith in the sport, but the IPRC has been set up to try and bring some of that ‘Can do’ spirit back.
IPRC Co-Chairman Bari gave assurances about the organisation of the event;
The officials have been appointed, the insurances are ready, the harbour is in agreement, berthing and fuel are arranged, hotels are offering discounts and Mercedes Benz are offering to
run a taxi service.
The only thing we need now is the competitors to commit and come racing with us.
In conclusion Mitchell set out the IPRC mission statement;
It is a simple equation.
We want to be a part of the rebirth of offshore racing.
We aren’t doing this for money.
We are doing this because we love the sport.
More information internationalpowerboatraceclub.com.
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.