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Bobin – Britain’s World Champion – UIM Awards Giving Gala

26 year old Jack Bobin is probably one of the most modest World Champions you could ever wish to meet. On his first time ever in Monaco to receive his Class 3A plaudits at the UIM Awards Giving Gala tonight, Bobin quietly said to me, ‘I’m just overwhelmed by this town’. Followers of Bobin have been ‘overwhelmed’ by his driving prowess in an offshore Phantom 19 G hull. Making light of the sometimes hellish waters in Tvedestrand, Norway last year, Bobin with co-driver Barry Culver became only the second British UIM Class 3 team to prevail on Norwegian waters in a World Championship. Bobin is attending the Gala at Salle des Etoiles this evening with partner Katie Sirdifield, his mum Elaine and 2 sisters Amy and Mary. ‘Are you going to mention my Dad, Kerry in your article John’? ‘I think he generates enough publicity on his own’,…

Superfan Silvia – UIM Awards Giving Gala

Attending the 2017 UIM Awards Giving Gala in Monaco this weekend is 22 year old Silvia Borgonovi. I caught up with the stylish Italian powerboat racing ‘superfan’ at the Salle des Etoiles this morning to chat about her love of the sport. Chatting to her is easy, as her English is perfect and she is just as comfortable conversing in German, Spanish or Portuguese. It shouldn’t come as any surprise then that Silvia is a full time University student majoring in languages. Silvia is in the principality this weekend with her father, Giacomo, who was recently re-elected chairman of the Formula Committee, is a member of UIM’s Cominsport and a former Italian Powerboat Federation (FIM) circuit president. Giacomo has been taking his daughter to events and races since she was 6 months old and Silvia explained to me; The reason I am such a fan was…

San Germano’s Electric Dreams

The Bund Holding Group have announced a landmark development in the World of Powerboat Racing with the launch of the China Bund Electric Integrated Propulsion System (EIPS) high performance marine racing engine. Mr Xin Chongjie, president of the highly successful Chinese conglomerate Bund Holding Group and Mr Dario Calzavara, managing director of the renowned Italian specialised engineering company Terra Modena Mechatronic, revealed details of this significant engineering achievement at today’s press conference in Monaco, hosted by Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, the president of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), ahead of its eighth Awards Gala Dinner to be held tonight. The project to develop and produce the China Bund EIPS, which will be the engine of choice for the UIM-H2O Nations Cup World Series, has taken two years of research and development at Terra Modena Mechatronic’s engineering facility in Reggio Emilia in northeast Italy…

Mumbai Welcomes World Championship Powerboat Racing

India enjoyed its first taste of world class powerboat racing today as the qualifying session kicked off the three day NEXA P1 Powerboat Indian Grand Prix of the Seas in Mumbai. Spectators around the natural amphitheatre of Mumbai’s Back Bay and millions of viewers of Sony ESPN’s live television coverage watched the fleet of 12 P1 Panther race boats set their qualifying times to determine the starting line-up for tomorrow’s opening day of racing. It was an outstanding day for Welsh powerboat racers with the current UK SuperStock champions from Pembrokeshire and the reigning USA SuperStock champions from Newport leading the field with just one hundredth of a second separating them. With less than two seconds covering the top four boats, it promises to be a monumental battle over the three races taking place this weekend. The brother and sister…

Daisy’s Delight in Mumbai – NEXA P1 Powerboat Qualifying

2016 British P1 SuperStock Champions, Daisy and Sam Coleman showed their speed in Mumbai, India today during qualifying for the NEXA P1 Powerboat Indian Grand Prix of the Seas by grabbing Pole Position. The Welsh duo edged out James Norvill and Charlie Parsons-Young by one hundredth of a second. ‘Baleno RS Booster Jets’ driver Sam Coleman was delighted and cautious in equal measure; I’m well aware that in tomorrow’s race conditions, with 12 boats fighting it out on the race track, it will be a very different affair, but Daisy and I will be analysing our performance tonight to go even quicker tomorrow.  

Saudi Arabia will host World Offshore Class3-225 Championship in April

Class3-225 offshore world championship expands its horizons. The organization of the Class3-225 Offshore Championship have confirmed the signing of the agreement with Yanbu Municipality of their championship venues for 2017. With an aim to bring the city and its vast waterfront under the global spotlight, the Saudi Arabian government is organizing an international powerboat race in the Red Sea region. The event is scheduled to be held from March 31 to April 2, 2017. Yanbu Mayor, Fahd Mashaan said; This is the biggest adventure sports on water. The best powerboats from over the world will participate in the race. The racing track will be in the sea off the Yanbu. People can gather at the shores to watch. The event can be viewed from the shores free of cost. Ugur Isik from Class3-225 organisation explained; This is a great opportunity…

Team 33 overcome mechanical issues

After transporting their Tohatsu powered Aquarius inflatable half way around the Globe, Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield got down to the serious business of testing in Cape Town before the start of the 7 Stars UIM P750 World Championships this Saturday. Team 33, who have been supported by BrandFuel, a London based creative agency for this Championship, experienced a mechanical issue on the second day of their testing programme. Team Manager Glenn Julius told me; We found a  crack in the outboard’s swivel joint which is the main component to securing it to the transom of the boat. New parts were flown in from Britain, an ‘all nighter’ followed and with help from local engineers, the team were back on track for a successful scrutineering and unofficial testing session yesterday. 60 plus teams will be briefed today from across the globe with a full weekend of…

The UIM joins the Olympic Channel

The UIM today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Olympic Channel to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel. This new agreement brings the number of the global platform’s federation partners to 49. Thomas Kurth, Secretary General of the UIM commented, The strategic cooperation with the Olympic Channel opens a fantastic window for the UIM to showcase the Powerboat Sport to a global audience. As a recognised Sports Federation we are delighted to line up in company with other prestigious International Sports Federations to feed the Olympic Channel with spectacular content. Mark Parkman, General Manager of the Olympic Channel continued, The Olympic Channel provides a platform for the promotion of all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement. We are excited to work together in our collective efforts to help expand the reach of these sports through…

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