Today marks the start of the eagerly awaited start of the 2015 XCAT World Series in Fujairah, reports Richard Carr.
Eights stops planned during 2015
Over the next two days, Fujairah will host the first round of this season’s championship, with seven more dates planned during the year by The World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA).
The series will make history this year when it makes its first foray into Australian waters with a race scheduled on the Gold Coast.
The WPPA first took the series international in 2013 and will make a further five stops in international waters this year. Cascais in Portugal will also debut, whilst other venues include the United Arab Emirates and Asia.
New teams for 2015
Joining the likes of team Victory, Spirit of Dubai and Qatar Team on the start line this week will be four new outfits. Team Manager of Dubai boat Mohammed Al Marri said that the new competition is making the established teams work harder.
“We are very happy to see all the new teams. This is making us work harder and it’s good to have more competition. We wish them good luck for tomorrow and Friday,” he said.
WPPA President, HE Dr Saif Al Ketbi, added: “We are very excited about the fact that we’ll have four new boats joining the line-up for the start of the season next month.
“It’s a sign of the tremendous growth that the Series has been experiencing and the popularity of XCAT racing, and having more teams joining the fold will just make it even more competitive and exhilarating.
“We will be making some more announcements regarding exactly who these teams are and more details regarding the various venues within the next few weeks and I have no doubt that XCAT fans will be as excited as we are about the season ahead.”
The series will also feature its first ever female when Veronica Olderin takes control of the Swecat Racing Boat.
UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series dates:
|1||25-27 February||Fujairah, UAE|
|4||12-14 June||Cascais, Portugal|
|5||21-23 August||Gold Coast, Australia|
|8||9-11 December||Abu Dhabi, UAE|
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.
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