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International race promoter Powerboat P1 has announced that it is reviving an historic ocean event, The Gateway Marathon, that will see boats make a two-way crossing of the Straits of Florida from West Palm Beach to Freeport in the Bahamas. Sanctioned by the APBA and scheduled for early June, the total time for the 200-mile round trip will determine the fastest speed to re-establish the record. P1 chief executive Azam Rangoonwala explained: “This record attempt will be a continuation of the Ocean Cup events staged in 2013, 2017 and 2018, and resurrects the Gateway Marathon races held between 1964 and 1969. It will be a V-hull invitational event with boats and crews required to meet rigorous endurance regulations. We already have our first entry that sees veteran throttleman Nigel Hook partnering with experienced British driver Tom Montgomery-Swan in the 48-foot Lucas Oil V-hull.” Nigel Hook, a world champion offshore racer who has been involved in the sport for three decades, said: “The Gateway Marathon was a famous, classic offshore race in the sixties and I’m so pleased that Powerboat P1 has decided to bring back a true ‘over the horizon’ event in the shape of the 2019 Ocean Cup. Historically,…
Dammam, Saudi Arabia and Qingdao, China are the newest additions on a proposed eight race calendar for the 2019 UIM F1H2O World Powerboat Championship which was announced today by promoter and organiser H2O Racing. The championship will launch its 36th season in Dammam on 28-30 March marking a return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time since the series’ only previous visit in 2004 when Sunset Beach hosted the event. Qingdao makes its series debut in October and will be the 12th city in the People’s Republic to host a round of the championship. The European phase of the season will be played out on the Arade River in Portimao, Portugal and on Lac Leman in Evian, France in May and July before the UIM F1H2O tour heads to China and then returns to Amaravati in India in November. The curtain will fall on the 2019 season in the United Arab Emirates in December when Sharjah hosts its 21st Grand Prix, with H2O Racing set to announce the venues for a round in September and an additional round in December in the coming weeks. 2019 UIM F1H2O WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 28/30 March – Dammam, Saudi Arabia 17/19 May…
The first official 2019 race has been confirmed by Super Boat International the other day in a press release announcing their return will take place in New Orleans with the Kenner Super Boat Grand Prix which has been in the works since last September. “My last race in New Orleans was in 2002 when I raced in the world championships,” recalls John Carbonell, president of Super Boat International and a former professional power boat racer. “I am really looking forward to seeing a lot of the old friends I raced with there—I have fond memories not just of racing, but also of those races I produced. There are so many reasons Kenner and New Orleans are special. It will be great to be back to start this year’s race!” As of right now only 3 events have be put on the schedule Kenner, Clearwater, and Key West. As a premier offshore series we are hoping to more stops added to the season but only time will tell.
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