Photo credit: Nigel Barrett
The Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) are well advanced in their planning for 3 UIM international championships to be held on the Island this September. The club will be hosting UIM World Offshore Powerboat Racing Championships for Classes 3A, 3B and a European Championship for the V24 Class.
Already behind the Championships are a impressive list of Event Partners including the States backed Visit Guernsey, Guernsey Sports Commission and Ravenscroft , one of the Island's leading stockbroking and investment management firms .
Jason Hobbs, Chairman of the Event Organising Committee commented on 'Guernsey2017', 'We are expecting over 40 boats to take part in the 3 Championships'. 'UIM Classes 3A and 3B will race on September 6th and will be joined by the UIM V24 boats on the 9th and 10th'.
Even before the GPA has posted their official Entry Form, intentions to enter have already been received from teams based in the UK, Norway, Sweden and as far afield as Bermuda.
Guernsey teams have excelled on the International stage in recent years.
John Richardson won the UIM 3B World Championship in 2011, this year he will be competing in the 3A class in a brand new Phantom 19G hull modified by Sark's John Guille to Incorporate award winning stepped ventilation for extra straight line speed and exceptional rough water handling. Navigating for him will be Nathan Ward, who after serving as Roman Abramovich's Chief Superyacht engineer for many years is back on the Island and looking forward to this new challenge.
Paul Etasse and Chris Stonebridge gained a UIM Class 3A Silver Medal in Norway last year, Ettase is fired up to go one better this year, 'We were so close to winning the World Championship last year, engine damage in the third and final race cost us dearly.' 'With a home water advantage this year, we are quietly confident'.
Event co-ordinator, Deb Sauvarin is already very optimistic for September's Event, 'The support we are getting on the Island for the Event is so positive. Everyone here wants to see Guernsey2017 be a great success and show off our amazing Island to teams from abroad'. She continued, 'Our Advance Notice is nearly ready to go out and we have designed 3 super courses, the third race will include racing through the legendary Gouliot Passage'.
The centre of operations for the Event will be at the Guernsey Yacht Club, with the 'Dry Pits' located by the Model Yacht Pond. The race starts have been timed with spectators in mind, Wednesday's racing will commence at 17.30 pm with the weekend's action set for 10.00 am on Saturday and 10.30 pm on the Sunday. 'Guernsey2017' will wrap up with a Decorated Boat Parade through Saint Peter Port at 15.00 pm.