Offshore powerboat racing’s newest series, Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix, has revealed Vodafone Qatar as its Communications Partner for the highly anticipated Offshore Powerboat Qatar Cup, reports Richard Carr.
What is the Qatar Cup?
The OPGP and the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) will team up to promote and run the brand new and eagerly anticipated UIM Qatar Cup.
The four-day powerboat racing festival, held in Doha Bay, will run from February 4th to the 7th.
The cup is predicted to be the biggest offshore powerboating championship in the world and former British Champion powerboat racer Richard Carr believes it will revitalise the sport.
50 boats, spread over six racing categories will form the cup, ranging from the big 45 foot long Super Vee boats down to the pro class category; there will also be 30 jetskis taking part.
Over the last month boats have been shipped to Doha from places such as the USA, UAE, New Zealand, Kuwait and Turkey in preparation for the cup.
Vodafone honoured to sponsor powerboat racing’s newest venture
Speaking to the PeninsulaQatar.com, Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Vodafone Qatar, said:
“We are proud to be sponsors for this year’s Offshore Powerboat Qatar Cup. Vodafone Qatar has a history of supporting sport in Qatar including our long time sponsorship of Al Sadd football Club and promoting sport and fitness within its employees through the Company’s Wellness Programme.
“We firmly believe in the benefits sport brings on both a community and individual level and will continue to promote this to help realize the Qatar 2030 vision.”
Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al Thani, QMSF President, added: “We are honoured to be working with such an esteemed organization such as Vodafone Qatar, and we look forward to pooling our knowledge and experience together in order to execute a world class event for the state of Qatar.”
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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