International powerboat racing championships kick off on Qatar Corniche

For those looking to close out the weekend with a splash, Qatar’s Corniche will be the site of much cheer and activity this afternoon, as Formula 1 Powerboat racing teams gear up for the opening round of the 2015 UIM F1 H20 World Championship, the highest class of inshore powerboat racing.

The event, which encompasses eight races in some five countries over the course of the year, is to watersport what Formula 1 is to auto racing.

Inaugurated in 1980, this year’s edition will see teams from China, Abu Dhabi, France, Qatar and several other countries compete for the world title in 18 ft-long, 500-kg plus lightweight boats made from carbon and Kevlar.

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According to F1H2O’s website, powerboats can go even faster than F1 cars, and accelerate from zero to 160km in a mere four seconds.

championships kick off on Qatar Corniche
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Source News: Doha News
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