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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…

Nexa P1 Powerboat race given go ahead by Bombay high court

The hindustantimes.com is reporting on the bureaucracy that has been in the way of this weekend’s Nexa P1 Powerboat – Indian Grand Prix of the Sea. After the Bombay high court paved the way for the races to run yesterday, Court Justice’s VM Kanade and PR Bora dressed down the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for refusing to grant permission until the last minute over the proposed construction of a few temporary event structures along the sea front. Justice Kanade said; The whole of Mumbai hosts extensive unauthorised construction. But, one international event and the construction of a temporary structures for just two days makes the BMC suddenly conscious of its responsibilities. He also questioned why Mumbai should be deprived of such an event, one that is likely to generate tourism and…

IPRC Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly Marathon Race

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…

Outlaw Team Spitwater focussed on 2017 title victory

After a number of intermittent starts in the Australian V8 Superboat Championships over past seasons, Forbes’ Justin Roylance has committed himself to a full campaign in 2017 and comes into the title race with a brand new package capable of running at the top of the super-competitive 400-Class timesheets. Lake Centenary in Temora on March 4 will be the scene of the new team’s debut. Running under the banner of Outlaw Team Spitwater, the #67 400-Class [Group A] boat will compete against Australia’s top teams for the coveted honour of becoming the national champion ahead of a 2018 season that will include a World Championship event on home soil. Justin and Bree Roylance have built a solid team around their new machine, having employed the services of multiple Australian champions JRE to build not just a state-of-the-art 400-cubic inch, 600-horsepower…

The Season Starts this weekend!

This weekend is certainly going to be interesting! At the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, the UIM are hosting their annual Awards Giving Gala to celebrate last year’s International Champions. Chris Davies and I will be in the principality to cover the ‘great and good’ from 2016 for Powerboat Racing World. Meanwhile in Cape Town, South Africa, the first of the 2017 UIM Championships will be held – P750. With the first 2 rounds set for this Saturday and Sunday we should have a good indication whether British team’s 33 BrandFuel crewed by Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield (left) and Darryn Harrison’s Moku Racing with James Ion are on track for the first UIM World Championship win of the new season. Julius told me today from Cape Town, ‘I’m feeling and looking good John, Charlie only looks better in the photo due to the ‘selfie…

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