Wednesday 03 July 2019
Waters on Guernsey's east coast are set to experience the best of British powerboating when the island hosts the latest leg of the United Kingdom Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (UKOPRA) Championship in the Little Russel and around Sark is due to take place on Saturday 6th July 2019.
Guernsey Harbours is assisting the organisers by providing a number of support services for the Guernsey Powerboating Association during the event.
Spectators will be able to get up close to the 30 powerboats, which will be in the Victoria Marina from this Friday morning (5th July).
Spectators can view the racing on Saturday from the following vantage points: the Castle Emplacement Lighthouse, Castle Cornet, Clarence Battery, the Bathing Pools Kiosk, and the west coast of Sark on certain races.
Guernsey's Harbourmaster Captain David Barker said:
"Guernsey's waters provide challenging conditions for powerboating, which is just one of many sports which use Bailiwick waters to provide a unique competitive setting. I am delighted that powerboating is returning to the island, and that Guernsey Harbours were able to assist in the planning and provide logistical support for this event. Of course, this is a high-speed sport, and all boaters are urged to observe the instructions given in the relevant Local Notices to Mariners, which has already been issued. This is particularly important for those navigating in the vicinity of the Brehon Tower to St Martin's Point start area. With your help we can make this a safe, as well as exciting event."
Race Organiser for the Guernsey Powerboating Association Hollie Woodhouse said:
"Hosting these championships is a real plus for Guernsey, and will remind racegoers the glory days of World Powerboating in the 1980's. We have an ambitious race programme lined up for the competitors that will challenge crew skills and the boat's capability.
The Association thanks Guernsey Harbours for providing the support and equipment to make this event run smoothly. All the boats will be taken ashore to prepare for a parade along the town seafront on Sunday afternoon (7th July)."