Search begins for Inverclyde boat crew

Scottish town Inverclyde, the host of the inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in June has begun its search for a local powerboat racing crew to compete during the 2016 P1 Superstock UK Championship, writes former championship racer Richard Carr.

Flying the flag

Both the team and venue will make its debut when the season kicks off in May ahead of a five-venue series that will include the first ever Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea on 18-19 June, which is to be co-hosted by Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council.

The team is on the search for a local driver and navigator to race the Inverclyde-branded powerboat that was unveiled by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Greenock late last year.

The specially-branded 28ft P1 Panther race boat will fly the flag for Inverclyde and Scotland at every stage of this year’s championship which will begin in Scarborough, Yorkshire and end in Bournemouth in September.

P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks told “This will be an amazing opportunity for appropriately qualified Inverclyde residents to apply to race around the UK coast next summer, including competing in front of thousands of local fans when the P1 fleet takes to the water off Greenock’s Esplanade. The minimum requirement is that applicants have completed the RYA Level 2 powerboat course and race training. The racers will be responsible for leasing the boat, paying the championship entry fee, posting a refundable security bond and covering boat maintenance.”

Local talent

Inverclyde are keen to keep everything about its team relevant to the area and hope to source a team from the surrounding areas.

Gerry McCarthy, chair of Riverside Inverclyde, added: “Hosting the inaugural Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in Greenock and having our very own boat compete in the UK championship next year will be really exciting, and we now hope to find a team of local racers to represent Inverclyde. We have a rich maritime history and the P1 events will provide us with a great opportunity to showcase Inverclyde and Scotland.”

How to apply

Applicants are requested to email Powerboat P1 with their name, address, telephone number and evidence of completing the RYA course by 8 January. If the local search is unsuccessful, this unique opportunity will be extended to the whole of Scotland.

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