Yalta to host Ukrainian Grand Prix of the Sea

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 22:57

The city of Yalta will make its first-ever appearance on the Powerboat P1 race calendar in 2010, after senior officials of the National Ukrainian Powerboat Federation and Powerboat P1 Management Ltd concluded an agreement earlier this week.

Since initial discussions between the organisations in July 2008, Ukraine has produced a world championship winning team in its debut racing year with Ukrainian Spirit triumphing in the 2009 SuperSport Class. Fittingly the country has now been rewarded with earning the rights to host the inaugural Ukrainian Grand Prix of the Sea, which will take place on May 7-9, 2010.

Action from the podium at the 10th and final round of the P1 Powerboat World Championships in Syracuse, Sicily.Yalta will host the second-leg of next year’s championship after the season-opener in Split, Croatia, on April 16-18.

Ukraine last held an official world championship powerboating race in 1986, and president of the National Ukrainian Powerboat Federation, Viktor Shemchuk, is extremely excited about bringing the sport back to the country. He said: “It is a great honour for us. Ukrainian powerboating dates back over one hundred years, so naturally we can’t wait for May to arrive.

“Yalta is the pearl of the Ukraine and our most popular tourist destination. A lot of international forums, summits and festivals have been held here. Last year’s tourist season finished with the European Championship ‘Prime Yalta Rally 2009,’ which was a great success. We are striving to make the 2010 Ukrainian Grand Prix of the Sea in Yalta, the most significant event on the country’s calendar next year.”

Powerboat P1 Chairman & CEO, Asif Rangoonwala, is thrilled with the National Ukrainian Powerboat Federation’s vision for Powerboat P1. He said: “Hosting our first event in Ukraine attests to our determination and commitment to extend the series’ footprint into new and exciting territories.”

Famous for hosting the post-war conference between President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Secretary Joseph Stalin in 1945, Yalta is a city in Crimea, on the north coast of the Black Sea.

“Racing on the Black Sea, with a fresh captive audience, represents a fantastic opportunity for increasing the world championship’s global reach,” said Rangoonwala.

“The Ukrainians wholeheartedly embraced the championship in 2009 and currently boast the reigning SuperSport Class champions, so they should drum up a lot of home support.”

“I believe they will surpass their high levels of success and support in 2009 by staging one of Powerboat P1’s biggest events in 2010.”

Hundreds of passionate Ukrainian Spirit fans supported the team during the 2009 season, in Malta, Turkey, Sweden and Sicily, cheering their heroes onto victory. Shemchuk said: “Racing in front of our home audience will bring the entire Ukrainian community together.

“The attraction of foreign tourists from around the world, live TV broadcasts across various European countries is the best form of advertising for Yalta and a real area for attracting investors.

“The authorities of Yalta understand the huge benefits of this event and render all possible assistance – from granting land area and communications, to the huge scale of advertising planned for 2010. We trust that the Ukrainian Grand Prix of the Sea in 2010 will be the best in Р1 history.”

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