Yalta Powerboat Season Opener

There are two classes in Powerboat P1 World Championship racing, namely Supersport and Evolution. During a race weekend there are Endurance and Sprint races in each class. To ensure fair competition, all boats are fitted with twin engine monohulls and run either on petrol or on diesel. In both classes, the boats are required to have a two man crew, and there are small differences to the boats in each class. This thrilling water extravaganza will be hosted in five countries throughout the year, with Yalta in Ukraine being chosen for the season opener.

Croatia was to be the venue to launch the 2010 Powerboat P1 World Championship opening event, but it was recently announced that the location had changed to Yalta. Ukraine will therefore be hosting this thrilling event on the 7th of May 2010. The country has always been known to be passionate about the sport, and for the Ukraine Powerboat Federation, the chance to host the 2010 Powerboat P1 World Championship is a great honor. The Powerboat P1 World Championship was established eight years ago and has managed to grow and develop over the years. It has become so popular that there will be twenty teams competing in this year’s event, and the 2010 Powerboat P1 World Championship is guaranteed to be one of the most action packed championships seen to date.

Spectators will be thrilled by the power and speed that these boats are able to reach, with Evolution boats being equipped with closed canopies as they are able to cross the water at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. Supersport boats usually have open canopies, and are restricted to 85 miles per hour for racing. There are however allowances, such as Supersport boats are allowed to exceed this speed, but only for a time period of ten seconds. Any time longer results in penalties. The Yalta event will be hosted from the 7th to the 9th of May 2010, followed by Istanbul in Turkey from 11 to13 June 2010, Cascais in Portugal from 9 to 11 July 2010, Gothenburg in Sweden from 9 to 8 August and Sicily in Italy, from 17 to 19 September 2010.