|| 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.