The Guernsey Powerboat Association are delighted
to have been chosen to host this event says GPA Safety Officer, Rob Dodsworth.
Up to 35 boats are expected to take part and will fill the eastern arm at St
Peter Port. Previous events have been staged from St Sampsons harbour.
International Powerboat racing was first held
in Guernsey 1984 and the island hosted the Class One series, the Formula One of
the sport. Those boats now travel in excess of 150 miles per hour and this
would present considerable safety issues in the treacherous local
Class C boats range between 21ft and 28ft and
are seen in mono-hull and catamarans with engines of up to 2.5 litres. This
will be the first world championship to feature eco-friendly and energy
efficient engines with latest emission controls.
The course will be laid between Guernsey and
Sark with racers having to negotiate the difficult Gouiliot Passage. Onlookers
from Guernsey will have great vantage points with much of the racing close
inshore. Main sponsors are Condor Ferries and Nautical Guernsey.
See the organisers website www.guernsey2008.worldoffshore.com
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