P1 Powerboating will take a historic step over the border and into Scotland next year when Inverclyde hosts the inaugural Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, writes former offshore-racer Richard Carr.
In June, 2016 the P1 Powerboat circus will head to Inverclyde to compete on the River Clyde live on TV across the UK.
To celebrate the news, a specially designed P1 Inverclyde branded powerboat was unveiled in Greenock by First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Provost Robert Moran and RI Chairman Gerry McCarthy at James Watt Dock Marina.
The boat isn’t just a PR stunt though, it will race in the first ever Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea as well as competing throughout the calendar starting at Scarborough, Gosport, Cardiff and Bournemouth.
Speaking at the launch event, First Minister Sturgeon said: ““This major event will attract tens of thousands of powerboat racing fans to Inverclyde, an area with a rich maritime history.
“Visitors to the area are guaranteed a friendly welcome and the event is expected to bring significant benefits to the local economy.
“The River Clyde will provide a magnificent backdrop for all the races, which will be broadcast live on TV across the UK.”
The P1 Powerboat and Jet Ski national championships will be staged in Greenock’s Esplanade on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016; an event hosted by Inverclyde Council and regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde (RI).
Inverclyde, Provost, Robert Moran, said: “The P1 Powerboat is an exhilarating event and it is a great honour that Inverclyde is able to bring the Grand Prix of the Sea to Scotland for the very first time.”
Riverside Inverclyde Chair, Gerry McCarthy, said: “Doesn’t the Inverclyde branded boat look superb? It’s designed to attract the interest of visitors and businesses alike to area, and get people talking about Inverclyde. Remember this event gets broadcast into 400 million homes around the world. I’m really looking forward to 18th and 19th June.”
The race will be shown on Sky Sports HD and if successful, the council and regeneration bosses have promised to consider the event in 2017 and 2018.
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.
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