UIM MARATHON CLASS B - WARPATH
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John Moore 04-Mar-14 20:54
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THE UIM WORLD CHAMPIONS AWARDS GIVING GALA
The fifth UIM annual Gala was once again held in Monaco
John Moore 03-Mar-14 10:17
UIM F2 2013 World Champion Erik Stark with Alexandra Feher
The fifth UIM World Champions Awards Giving Gala was held at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco and celebrated the 2013 World Champions from various inshore and offshore disciplines that the UIM oversee across the world. Guest of honour Albert II, Prince of Monaco was joined by 452 people from 40 different countries.
The coveted Stefano Casiraghi Memorial Trophy was awarded to the UK based RYA Powerboat Racing Department for their continued work to forward the sport, the trophy was received by Anne Robinson.
Dr. Raffaele Chiulli with Dr Saif Al Ketbi
H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, was awarded with a special trophy in recognition of his incredible contribution to the sport of power boat racing, accepting the award on his behalf was H.E Dr Saif Al Ketbi, President of the Dubai based World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA).
“This award is a reflection of the massive part that H.H Sheikh Hamdan and also the city of Dubai have played in the development and promotion of powerboating in recent years and it is a great honour to be recognised in this way,” explained Al Ketbi.
“The WPPA signed a partnership agreement with the UIM at the end of 2012 and since then has been working tirelessly in its role as a strategic partner of the world governing body. As one of the central hubs for the sport, we are constantly seeking to develop and further promote powerboating – something which has been witnessed by the incredible expansion of the UIM Skydive Dubai XCAT World Series in the last two years".
“We will continue to work hard in this role as we further promote our wonderful sport, from our base in Dubai – reaching out around the world,” he added.
OPA JOINS APBA
OPA Racing has joined forces with the American Power Boat Association
John Moore 28-Feb-14 14:28
Photo: Lucididee Fast boats
After more than 12 years of running Offshore Racing events, OPA Racing (Offshore Powerboat Association) has joined forces with the American Power Boat Association in order to bolster the ranks within APBA’s Offshore Category.
“We see this as a very positive move for our teams and the sport in general” said Ed (Smitty) Smith, President of OPA. “By joining with the APBA, several things happen. Our teams are now eligible for the APBA Hall of Champions, we can now promote joint events with other APBA categories to enhance our product at our race sites, we can establish globally recognized speed runs and we have the exclusive rights to the APBA Offshore sanction within Region one, two, three, four and six. The sport has been so fractioned that it was time to do something to help put it back together.”
APBA Executive Director Dan Wiener said, “This has been one of our goals since I joined APBA almost three years ago. To reunite the Offshore Category is very exciting. By bringing OPA under the APBA umbrella it will help us to promote Offshore Racing in the Great Lakes Region and along the East Coast. A few years ago we began working with the Offshore Super Series who’s race sites are located primarily in the central part of the country and along the Gulf Coast, the APBA Offshore Category has life once again. Having two Offshore racing circuits now sanctioning with APBA, plus P1, we can see our way toward a true National Championship and World Champion for some of the biggest and baddest boats in the world.”
Wiener continued, “OPA is a great addition to APBA, they had roughly 60 registered teams in 2013 and a series of eight races, with some really great venues. I’m looking forward to helping them in any way possible and I’m thrilled to have them join APBA.”