Nassau Harbour, with its familiar skyline of cruise ships and the stunning Atlantis Resort, is the impressive setting today for the inaugural P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship.
Riders from nine countries will.kick off the three-day event with practice, testing and qualifying.
A new element of AquaX racing, the qualifying session will run along similar lines to that of Formula One motor racing with the riders competing against the clock to proceed to phase two where the five fastest racers will earn points to add to their tally for the weekend.
AquaX is working with KronoTec, a French specialist timing company, to deliver instant, online results.
American riders dominate the Nassau line-up, with popular UK racer Joe Harvey (above) from Wolverhampton flying the flag for the European contingent.
He was on the water yesterday but encountered a problem with his ski – now happily resolved – which interrupted his preparations.
This weekend’s schedule features both endurance and sprint racing with a total of six races. We’ll keep you up to date with all the action here at Powerboat Racing World.
Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant.
He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues.
He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is currently Company Secretary & In-House PR for Powerboat P1.