Guide to the Guernsey Gold Cup: World Powerboat Championship
Since the early 80's, the waters of Guernsey have been referred to as the “jewel in the crown” of the Class 1 powerboating calendar.
Starting from today, the island in the English Channel will host a number of world class powerboat races, concluding with the Guernsey Gold Cup being awarded to the highest scoring boat of the 2014 UIM 3A and 3B World Powerboat Championships.
Guernsey is recognised for brilliant powerboating conditions, with the number of rocks, channels, 100 metre high cliffs, bays and navigational marks available consistently making for interesting and challenging race courses. Specators will be able to catch a glimpse of the fierce competition as courses run within 100m from the shore line.
Over the last 30 years, the island's name has become synonymous with international powerboat racing and this year’s event organisers hope to secure its place as one of the sport’s premier racing locations. The local race this evening will kick off the week as competitors from as far as Norway, Sweden and Belgium prepare to race for the prize on Friday morning.
The race on Saturday will be sponsored by Condor Ferries, and Sunday by Oracle Finance, concluding with the 2014 UIM 3A and 3B World Powerboat Championship award ceremony and a procession of all the competing boats through St Peter Port on Sunday evening.
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Article by Jack Bartrop