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World Powerboat Championships in Plymouth In Plymouth you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of modern-day gladiators competing in state-of-the-art 41ft powerboats, racing at perilous speeds approaching 160mph, often inches apart! This is round four of the UIM Superfund Class 1 World Powerboat Championships – billed as one of the most spectacular and dramatic series in international motor sport, and it should not to be missed.

The event, which is held in July, is more than just a race – it’s a weekend-long festival. Plymouth Hoe is transformed into a “powerboat village”, providing entertainment for a broad section of spectators. The team’s hospitality units, the raceboats, workshops and corporate hospitality marquees make up the central backdrop, while giant television screens transmit the race live. Promotions stands, product displays, cafes and a funfair all add to the festival atmosphere.

The first chance for spectators to glimpse the Class 1 fleet in action is on the Friday afternoon during testing. On Saturday the competition begins with Pole Position, followed by the Class 1 British Powerboat Grand Prix on Sunday.

Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake completed his legendary game of bowls before leaving to defeat the Spanish Armada, is a focal point for the city and the ideal backdrop for this major motor sport event.

The Hoe has many superb sites including the Royal Citadel, Smeaton's Tower lighthouse - rebuilt from its original base 14 miles out to sea, and the four and a half million ton granite and limestone breakwater, as well as a huge grassed area overlooking Plymouth Sound - one of the world's great natural harbours.

In recent years the Hoe has assumed a new role as the venue for a series of highly successful free music festivals and as a platform for the incredible British Firework Championships and, of course, the British Grand Prix World Offshore Powerboat Championships.

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