P1 British GP extended to four days at the request of the public

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Sail gives way to power on the Isle of Wight over the August Bank Holiday weekend when the Powerboat P1 British Grand Prix of the Sea roars into life. Building upon the 47 year heritage of the Cowes Powerboat Festival, this entertainment-packed event has been extended to four days, a reflection of its growing popularity. More than 120 craft are expected to assemble in Cowes, including many of the world’s top racing craft and crew, and organizers predict spectator numbers will exceed last year’s estimate of 70,000.

The racing starts in earnest on Friday 24th following a day of testing, with the highlight of the Friday program Round 7 of the Powerboat P1 World Championship, the P1 British Grand Prix of the Sea. The race incorporates a lap of the Island, one of the most prestigious and demanding challenges in powerboat racing with a history that dates back to 1968. Shortly after the high-powered P1 craft ’blast off’ at 2pm, the competitors in the ’Round-the-Island’ challenge will assemble off Cowes for one of the most popular events of the weekend. Open to all pleasure and race craft, crews race against the clock in a range of class categories following the same circuit as the P1 ’muscle machines’. 

P1 British GP extended to four days at the request of the public


On Saturday and Sunday racing will revert to a spectator-friendly circuit where the public can enjoy the close-up spectacular action the shores between Cowes and Thorness. A packed program over both days includes Thundercats, International RIBs, Class 3C and V24s, a Jet Bike endurance race and the Honda 4-stroke Series comprising 150s and 225s.

The headline act on Saturday 25th will be the two-race Honda 4-stroke Series, the UK’s leading domestic championship, whilst on Sunday the star attraction is undoubtedly the final leg of the Powerboat P1 British Grand Prix of the Sea with 20 of the world’s finest racing boats and pilots competing for World Championship points and the glory of winning in Cowes, the ’mecca’ of world powerboating.

P1 British GP extended to four days at the request of the public

2007 Powerboat P1 British Grand Prix of the Sea
Timetable of Activity (provisional and subject to change)

Thursday 23rd August
14:30-17:00 – P1 Testing

Friday 24th August
09:00-10:00 – P1 Testing
10:15-11:15 – Support Event Practice
14:00 – PowerboatP1 British Grand Prix of the Sea - Round 1
14:30 – The Isle of Wight Challenge
16:45 – Podium Presentation
17:15-18:00 – Support Event Practice

Saturday 25th August
09:00-10:30 – Practice Course Open for support events
10:00-10:45 – Thundercat Race
11:00-12:00 – Class 3C & V-24 - 15 Laps
12:00-13:00 – Jet Bike Endurance Race
13:00-14:00 – Honda 4 Stroke 150 Series - 15 laps
14:15-15:15 – Honda 4 Stroke 225 Series - 15 laps
15:30-16:30 – International RIB Endurance Race - 15 laps
16:45 – Podium Presentation

Sunday 26th August

08:45-09:45 – Class 3C & V-24 - 15 Laps
10:00-11:00 – Honda 4 Stroke 150 Series - 15 laps
12:00-13:00 – Thundercat Match Racing
13:15-14:15 – Honda 4 Stroke 225 Series - 15 laps
15:00-16:30 – Powerboat P1 British Grand Prix of the Sea - Round 2
16:45 – Podium Presentation


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