XCAT set to debut in Portugal

Former British Powerboat Champion Richard Carr is delighted to report that XCAT is widening its race calendar with the announcement of a new venue.

Powerboating in Portugal

The first two rounds of the XCAT series have already given us some fantastic, close-quarters action, which will no doubt continue in the third round when the racers head to the stunning town of Cascais, 30km west of Portugal’s capital Lisbon.

13 international teams will take to the shores off Cascais on June 12 with the main race – titled the Cascais GP – taking place on Sunday 14 June, 2015.

Planning meetings were held between the municipality, the Portuguese Powerboat Federation, the Cascais yacht club and Marina and the World Professional Powerboating Association. CEO of WPPA, Ronan Morgan, is due in Portugal this week to finalise plans for the weekend.

“We are thrilled to be taking XCAT racing to Portugal for the first time. So far, we have had extremely fruitful discussions with all the parties concerned, planning is on track, and we’re looking forward to a spectacular event.

“The race village and race course will be set up in such a way that everything is within walking distance, so providing a fantastic viewing experience for spectators. We expect a throng of both tourists and the local community to converge on the area to witness something truly special.”

Cascais

Steeped in history, Cascais is an extremely popular tourist spot which has even attracted royalty. Back in the 19th century, the Spanish royal family chose the picturesque seaside town as their vacation spot.

June’s event won’t be the first time the town has hosted a sporting event. Tennis tournaments, motorsport races as well as the ISAF Sailing World Championships have been held on the town’s shoreline.

Heading to Portugal, newcomers Team Abu Dhabi head the rankings following victory in Fujairah and a second-place finish in Dubai three months ago.

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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