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UIM Class C Powerboat Racing returns to Guernsey waters in 2008

After the success of the Honda Formula 4 Series in 2005, and the RYA National Series Round One for Formula F200 and V24 class in May 2006, top class powerboating will return to Guernsey waters from 2nd - 7th September 2008. Boats from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Scandinavia will line up to contest the UIM World Offshore Championship 3C.

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 waters.

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

More Details of Event        Timetable       GPA Press Release


Details of the 2006 event, click here




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