Powerboat racing continues to grow globally

With the likes of China, Qatar and Dubai all hosting powerboat racing events the sports global appeal has certainly increased over the past decade, writes former racer Richard Carr.

Sri Lanka on the map

The latest country to join forces with the UIM is Sri Lanka. Its racing board Lanka Powerboat Association (LPA) will promote powerboat sports in the country with the help of the UIM.

A team of expert trainers are currently in the country to help get it ready to stage a powerboat event. It has already hosted a display race featuring F2 powerboats in action on Beira Lake recently. The trainers are being assisted by local personnel in holding the training course at Club Bentola, which will consist of seven days of learning for eight trainees before a final examination on the eighth day.

Training course

The course will cover three areas: basic, advanced and competition level and four different types of powerboats will be used:

  • OSY400
  • F4
  • P750
  • Jet Skies

Locations

One of the main reasons cited for introducing powerboat racing to the island is its array of perfect locations, beautiful hotels, sporting enthusiasm, developing economy, amount of water and the developing skill of the country’s young people.

Since LPA and UIM started working together, representatives from the latter has visited virtually every waterway in the island assessing each venue.

The sport will boost the country’s tourism industry, whilst visitors to the island – as well as nationals – will love to watch races.

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.