The spectacle of powerboat racing is all set to debut in India and is mostly likely slated to be the event of the year. Known as Nexa P1 Powerboat, the event is Indian Grand Prix of the Seas and scheduled to be held along the Marine Drive in Mumbai from March 3-5, 2017.
The Nexa P1 Powerboat is a one of its kind initiative, promoted by Procam International under the aegis of Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and P1 Global, will have seven teams (with two boats each) competing on a tailor-made 5.2 km course — something that India has never seen before. Organizers of the event claim that the inaugural edition of Grand Prix can kick-start a water racing revolution in a country that has a vast coastline and has arranged various events on the sidelines of the races to involve the spectators and introduce them to the potential of water sports in the country.
In this exclusive feature at What’s Up Life, we are listing down all you need to know about the first-ever Nexa P1 Powerboat racing extravaganza.
Maruti Suzuki Experience Nexa has come onboard as the Title Sponsor of the P1 Powerboat and Procam International the creators of some of the biggest marathons in the country are the organizers of the event.
Additionally, the Government of Maharashtra, the Mumbai Port Trust, and the Indian Navy support this initiative. The event is being conducted under the auspices of the Maharashtra Tourism and Development Corporation (MTDC) and implemented under the aegis of the Yachting Association of India (YAI) while being sanctioned by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM). The Government of India and the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs have also extended their full support to the initiative.
Nexa P1 Powerboat, India Grand Prix of the Seas, is the first of the UIM recognized Grand Prix of the Seas. The 5-tier hierarchal structure will consist of a World Cup at the apex (to be held biennially starting in 2020) the Grand Prix of the Seas series, which will define a World Champion, inter-continental series, national series and regional series in orders of the level of competition.
The race weekend for the Indian Grand Prix of the Seas will have 7 teams competing, with every team comprising of two P1 Panther powerboats, each manned by a pilot and navigator competing in identical boats along a 5.2 km defined race track, the first ever on water. With the best pilots and navigators from the world participating in this event, the race weekend will also be witness to the first-ever sport in India that has male and female as equal participants, with skill and strategy deciding the winner.
The high-octane action on water will be complemented by a Race Village from March 3 to 5, at the Wilson Gymkhana Grounds on Marine Drive. The Race Village, a BCCL initiative, promises an exciting experience, complete with games, celebrity events, and elite hospitality.
The weekend will also be interspersed with various exhilarating attractions, including a Naval display and performances by Zapata & Jet Ski World Champions.
The tickets for the event will shortly be sold online. So, are you ready for some high-octane action on sports? We totally are and you know where to find us now.