Lugano ready for XCAT adventure

With spring almost upon us, the anticipation ahead of the new season of powerboat racing is almost at fever pitch. The UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series enjoyed a fantastic year and bigger and better things are expected this year with new venues and teams, writes former racer Richard Carr.

Debut

The XCAT’s will head to Lugano, Switzerland in June when it will make its debut as a venue for the third round of the series.

To celebrate its arrival into the series, the official launch event took place in the city this week with city’s Mayor, Marco Borradori, as well as Vice President of the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) Dr Khalid Al Zahed, and President of the UIM Dr Raffaele Chiulli.

“With its spectacular natural beauty, its passionate sports fans and the backing of the Mayor and city officials, Lugano proved to be the ideal location for our first ever XCAT race in Switzerland,” said WPPA President HE Saif Al Ketbi.

“In the last three years, the XCAT World Series has grown to unprecedented heights with television coverage of the action now reaching 750 million households worldwide and we are sure the Swiss public will soon join this throng of fans,” he added.

Prestigious

Mayor Borradori said: “I’m proud our city is going to host another big event: an important signal that rewards all the efforts made to promote tourism in Lugano.

“The beauty of the Lugano lake with its stunning banks will be the ideal location for the third round of the UIM XCAT World Series in June. XCAT is a prestigious powerboat competition coming from the futuristic city of Dubai, one of the top tourism destination worldwide.”

Calm before the storm

XCAT racing is noted for its speed with teams of two taking each other on in two-engined carbon-fibre boats that can reach speeds of up to 200km per hour. The series features some of the best teams and racers making for a superbly competitive championship.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr, of Poole, 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.