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 to ‘showcase’ our Championship in Saudi Arabia for the first time.
Our chief operating officer Emre Guler feels that the opportunity to expand the series to take in a round in Saudi Arabia after Qatar, is a very positive step forward for the series.
Governor Yanbu Eng. Mosaad Al Salim is also upbeat;
Hosting a Class3-225 World Offshore Championship round event provides us with a wonderful opportunity to present Yanbu as a cultural and vibrant event city, with the powerboat racing taking place in a beautiful setting.
We are proud to be the first offshore world championship host city in Saudi Arabia and I’m sure the people of Yanbu will welcome an event of this calibre and turn out in strength to watch all the action.
An official working on the event said;
So far, 16 countries are likely to participate in the event.
The number will undoubtedly increase.
It is still early days and more countries are likely to confirm their presence.
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.