There’s now less than a month to go until an exhilarating weekend of high-speed sport and entertainment returns to Greenock with the 2017 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea serving up a double bill of powerboat racing and jet ski action that will feature a landmark 500th race staged by the world’s leading marine motorsport promoter.
The free-to-watch Greenock event on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June will see a fleet of P1 Panther powerboats and jet skis compete in the second round of the P1 SuperStock and AquaX UK championships. The on-water action will also include jet ski freestyle and hydroflight displays and a British Water Ski exhibition race.
Co-hosted by Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council with support from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the two-day event returns to Greenock Esplanade following a hugely successful debut last year which attracted more than 30,000 fans to the banks of the Clyde.
Powerboat P1 managing director Robert Wicks said: “After an outstanding first year in Scotland, we are looking forward to returning to Inverclyde at the end of June with an even bigger and better programme of racing and displays on the water and family entertainment on the shore.
“The inaugural Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea saw huge crowds flock to Greenock in what was a superb showcase for Inverclyde, and we hope to see even more smiling faces at this year’s event as we celebrate our 500th race since P1 began racing in 2003.”
Flying the flag for Scotland in this year’s P1 SuperStock UK championship are Musselburgh father and daughter Dave and Ashleigh Finlayson, driver and navigator in the ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ powerboat. They will compete in all four rounds of the championship, kicking off in Denmark on June 10 and 11 and then moving on to Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast after the Greenock event.
In the P1 AquaX jet ski series Scotland will be represented by the experienced Duncan Johnstone, originally from Wick, who commented: “It’s always a thrill to compete in the P1 series but there is something extra special for me about competing in front of a Scottish crowd. The atmosphere was tremendous last year and Dave, Ashleigh and I can’t wait to give the local fans something to cheer about.”
Back on land there will be plenty for all in attendance to enjoy with the two-mile racecourse positioned close-to-shore at Greenock’s Esplanade, which itself will be transformed into a free showcase of fun activities, music and information.
The free showcase will boast a programme of interactive activities covering three great themes in partnership with Inverclyde Council: celebrating the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, Scotland’s Food & Drink and Things To See And Do In Inverclyde. There will also be a children’s play zone to ensure there is something fun and free for all ages to complement the outstanding P1 programme on the water.
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, as the event returns to Greenock’s Esplanade next month. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the Grand Prix’ will undoubtedly prove popular with visitors who will not only get to enjoy the high-speed competitions, but will also get to experience a diverse programme of on-water displays and races, music, food and drink and family entertainment on offer.”
Race action from all four championship rounds will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and internationally to more than 150 countries.