Hot on the heels of the F1 H20 World Championship, the UIM XCAT World Powerboat Series has given powerboat fans reason to feel excited by announcing their 2016 schedule, writes former British Champion Richard Carr.
XCAT was arguably one of the stand out championships from 2015, providing plenty of action and excitement throughout what proved to be a tight season.
Its success has seen it branch out the 2016 calendar to new, fresh venues and exciting locations. The action will head to Switzerland for the first time to the stunning glacial Lake Lugano whilst there will also be two visits to Asia during the seven round season.
Last year the XCAT’s debuted in Portugal and Australia, with the event on the gold coast receiving worldwide attention and reaching a record number of television viewers in over 750 million households.
Like last year, the season will begin the popular venue of the Gulf of Oman in the UAE city of Fujairah in early April before heading to Dubai the following weekend for Round 2.
A trip to Lake Lugano follows in June before two venues in Asia in September and October which are yet to be announced by the championship. Abu Dhabi and Dubai will play host to the final two rounds of the season in November and December respectfully.
“It is with great excitement and anticipation that we are announcing the XCAT calendar for 2016. What a fabulous year we have to look forward to,” said HE Dr Saif Al Ketbi, President of the WPPA – organisers and promoters of the Series.
“With several new host cities – and countries – to visit it promises to be a truly extraordinary season. We look forward to welcoming all XCAT fans to enjoy the racing at these venues or to catch every minute of the amazing action live on TV as millions across the world are caught up in the excitement,” added Al Ketbi.
2016 XCAT Calendar
Round 1: 7-8 April – Fujairah, UAE
Round 2: 15-16 April – Dubai, UAE
Round 3: 4-5 June – Lugano, Switzerland
Round 4: 24-25 September – Asia (venue to be announced)
Round 5: 8-9 October – Asia (venue to be announced)
Round 6: 17-18 November – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Final round: 2-3 December – Dubai, UAE
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