P1 powerboat and personal watercraft racing returns to Central Florida tomorrow (Saturday, May 11) when the P1 Kissimmee/St. Cloud Grand Prix is staged on East Lake Tohopekaliga for the seventh successive year.
Staged in conjunction with St. Cloud Smokin’ Brews, Boats & BBQ – a popular event at Lakefront Park presented by the regeneration programme St. Cloud Main Street that includes a craft beer festival, BBQ competition, live entertainment and a variety of vendors – the double bill of high-speed marine motorsport action is free to watch with extensive viewing from the lakeside.
Around forty amateur personal watercraft riders will be competing and the recently upgraded P1 Panther race boats with their new canopy and 300R Mercury Racing outboard will be seen for the first time in an exhibition event. P1 chief executive Azam Rangoonwala said:
We always look forward to returning to Kissimmee/St. Cloud where we receive such a warm welcome from both the City of St. Cloud and Experience Kissimmee.
At Powerboat P1 USA we regard this event as our home town race, with it being close to our Orlando headquarters and the very first venue that we visited in Florida.
With its long history of powerboat racing, it’s great to see St. Cloud becoming a premier sports venue in Central Florida.
Paula Stark at St. Cloud Main Street added:
We are excited to again partner with Powerboat P1 to deliver a great mix of sport and entertainment.
The combination of fast and furious on-water action and festival fun will make for a superb day.
Situated on the southern shore of the nearly circular East Lake Toho, St. Cloud is an outstanding venue for both racers and spectators.
The day will begin at 9.00am with P1 AquaX practice and the opening endurance race, followed an hour later by the P1 SuperStock boats taking to the water. All the action will be filmed to be broadcast at a later date as television highlights, including coverage on Fox Sports Florida.
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.