Monaco hosts UIM Awards Giving Gala

Could the UIM have picked a more glamorous venue for its annual Awards Giving Gala, asks former powerboat Champion racer Richard Carr?

Top dignitaries attend prestigious evening

In answer to Richard’s earlier question, no. He believes that as the sport’s governing body its annual awards such be held in one of the world’s most glamourous places – and Monaco certainly fits that bill.

The event was held on Saturday 7th March and saw the whole powerboating and international sport community gather for the sixth edition of the UIM’s World Champions Awards Giving Ceremony, in celebration of the world’s best drivers.

New format introduced

This year’s event featured a new format to proceedings, which culminated with a glamorous gala dinner taking place at the Salle des Etoiles.

On the evening, whilst a number of awards were presented to race and championship victors, there were also special mentions in a number of other categories, including:

  • Stefano Casiraghi Memorial Trophy
  • Safety Award
  • Sam Griffith Memorial Trophy
  • UIM Environmental Award
  • UIM Innovation and Technology Award

Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, UIM President stated: “The annual UIM Awards Giving Gala is a great opportunity for the Powerboating Community to celebrate its legends and champions that are our everyday source of inspiration. We are very proud to bring together our World Champions and key stakeholders once again in the most prestigious venue, the Sporting Monte-Carlo and I am looking forward to another memorable experience together”.

The winners from the awards will feature on Richard Carr’s racing website later this week.

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.