Class One USA
CategoryTwin 1100hp engine Catamaran
CountryWorldwide
Inaugural season1964
Engine suppliersMercury Marine Racing division
Teams' championUnited Arab Emirates 2019 Champion Team Victory Team

Driver: Eisa Al Ali

Throttle-man: Salem Al Adidi
Official websiteP1Offshore.com

The UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship (also known as Class 1) is an international motorboat racing competition for powerboats organized by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM). It is the premier class of offshore powerboat racing in the world.

Class 1 is considered one of the most spectacular marine motorsports. A Class 1 race-boat has twin inboard 1100hp engines and can reach speeds in excess of 257 km/h (160 mph). All boats are limited by a minimum weight of 4950 kg.

The sport of powerboat racing has undergone unprecedented changes since the earliest recorded race in 1887 in Nice, France, organized by the Paris Sailing Club. The French also claimed the next two recorded races in 1903, a 62-mile race in Meulan on the River Seine organized by the Poissy Sailing Club and a 230-mile race from Paris to Trouville. But the first officially recognized international offshore powerboat race was a 22-mile event from Calais, France to Dover, England.

The modern-era of offshore powerboat racing was kick-started on 6 May 1956 with the first running of the famous Miami-Nassau race, which would ultimately lead to the introduction of the Sam Griffith Memorial Trophy and a UIM sanctioned World Championship in 1964. From 1964 to 1976 the winner of the World Championship was decided by points gained from multiple races held at venues around the world. From 1977 to 1991 the winner was decided by series of races at a single event at the end of the year. The World Championship reverted to a multi-event format in 1992.

As of 2019, APBA sanctioned Class One racing is being held by Powerboat P1 under the name Class One USA, with catamarans racing strictly regulated sterndrive Mercury Racing 9.0L 1100 hp twin turbocharged V8 motors, and unlimited power for mono-hulls. The Victory team from the UAE is the current defending championship team.

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History

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Class 1 Grand Prix Dubai 2012
Class 1 Grand Prix Dubai 2012

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The Boats

Weighing in at around 5 tonnes, each boat in the Class 1 fleet is approximately 12-14m in length, 3.5m wide, and constructed using composite materials.

Over the years, safety has become a key concern and today's Class 1 boats are the safest they have ever been.

Inside the cockpit, satellite GPS systems, trim indicators, engine data dashboards and instrument panels and warning lights keep the crew aware of the boat's progress during a race.

The cockpit is reinforced to withstand enormous impacts that may occur if a boat crashes at speeds in excess of 150 mph, with an escape hatch in the hull as an added safety feature in the event of an accident.

While a Class 1 race-boat is highly technical and state-of-the-art, and its overall performance is dependent on design, aero and hydro dynamics, choice of propeller and gear ratio selection, the relationship between driver and throttle-man, who navigate and control the power, must provide direct input to adjust trim and drive settings during a race or official qualifying, is ultimately the defining factor and crucial to performance.

The Crews

Each boat has a two-man crew; the driver who navigates and steers the boat and a throttle-man who dictates the speed by controlling the throttles and the trim.

It is a combination that requires total trust – imagine driving a car and the person beside you has control of the accelerator – and a close working relationship. Spectators may imagine that the crew simply jump into the cockpit, and it's the guys who drive quickest that can win. A simple enough theory, but one that doesn't take into account the skills and professionalism of pilots who regularly hurtle across the waves at over 160 mph/250kmh.

Both pilots work closely with their pit crews to determine the race set-up: the type of propeller required for the conditions, gear ratio settings’, the amount of fuel needed and race tactics. Propeller choice is critical and can win or lose not only a race, but also a championship.

The Championship

A Class 1 season consists of a series Grands Prix, made up of three official practice sessions, one official qualifying session which is also known as Pole Position and two races. The results of each race are combined to determine the winner of the World Championship. The European Championship and the Middle East Championship are defined by specific events in those geographic regions. The results in official qualifying determine the winner of the Pole Position Championship.

Eight races at four venues make up the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, with races run over approximately 55 or 75 Nm of multiple laps of approximately 5 Nm (including one or two mandatory long laps).[citation needed]

The World Championship is awarded to the team with the most accumulated points throughout the season. A winning crew collects 20 points, the runners-up 15, with the third-placed team awarded 12 points.[citation needed][citation needed]

A Grand Prix weekend is run over three days, with registration, technical scrutineering and the first practice session and driver briefings taking place on day one.[3]

On day two a practice session is run in the morning, followed immediately by the Edox Pole Position (qualifying), also counting as a separate championship, and Race 1 in the afternoon.[4]

The Edox Pole Position, like the practice sessions, is run over the Grand Prix course, giving the crews a further opportunity to familiarize themselves with circuits and conditions, and to decide on set-up. It acts as the qualifier for the line-up for Race 1, with the Pole-sitter (fastest time) lining-up closest to the official start boat. The Edox Pole Position lasts for 45 minutes, with teams having to complete a minimum of one timed lap and allowed to return to the wet pits to make adjustments to set-up, but limited to a total of 10 minutes under the crane.[5]

On day three, a final practice session in the morning is followed in the afternoon by Race 2. Each race is started by a Nor-Tech 3600 supercat official pace boat, running at a controlled speed, which lead the boats from the wet pits and into a line-abreast under a yellow flag or amber flashing light, a green flag denoting the race start, with the finishing order of the Edox Pole Position dictating the line-up of the boats for Race 1 and the finishing order of Race 1, the start order for Race 2.[6]

Each race consists of approximately 11–15 laps and is 55–75 Nm in length, including one or two mandatory long laps.[7]

Winners

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Edition Year Driver Hull Motor
1 1964 United States Jim Wynne Wynne Daytona
2 1965 United States Richard Bertram Bertram Detroit Diesel
3 1966 United States Jim Wynne Wynne Daytona
4 1967 United States Don AronowUnited States Norris House Magnum Mercruiser
5 1968 Italy Vincenzo Balestrieri – United States Don Pruett Magnum Mercruiser
6 1969 United States Don AronowUnited States Norris House Cary Mercruiser
7 1970 Italy Vincenzo Balestrieri – United States Jack Stuteville Cary Mercruiser
8 1971 United States William Wishnick – United States Robert Moore Cigarette Mercruiser
9 1972 United States Bobby Rautbord – United States Robert Moore Cigarette Mercruiser
10 1973 Italy Carlo Bonomi – United States Richie Powers Cigarette Aeromarine
11 1974 Italy Carlo Bonomi – United States Richie Powers Cigarette Aeromarine
12 1975 Brazil Wallace Franz – United States Robert Moore Bertram Aeromarine
13 1976 United States Tom Gentry – United States Richie Powers Cigarette Aeromarine
14 1977 United States Betty CookUnited States John Connor Scarab Mercruiser
15 1978 Italy Francesco Cosentino – Italy Alberto Diridoni Picchiotti Mercruiser
16 1979 United States Betty CookUnited States John Connor Cougar Mercruiser
17 1980 United States Michel Meynard – United States Robert Idoni Cougar Mercruiser
18 1981 United States Jerry JacobyUnited States Keith Hazell Cigarette Hawk
19 1982 Italy Renato Della Valle – Monaco Gianfranco Rossi CUV Mercruiser
20 1983 United States Tony Garcia – United States Keith Hazell Cougar Rahilly Grady
21 1984 Italy Alberto Petri – Italy Franco Statua CUV Mercruiser
22 1985 United States A.J. Roberts – United Kingdom Steve Curtis Cougar KS & W
23 1986 Italy Antonio Gioffredi – Italy Giovanni di Meglio Buzzi Aifo Iveco
24 1987 United Kingdom Steve CurtisUnited States W. Falcon Cougar KS & W
25 1988 Italy Fabio BuzziItaly Romeo Ferraris Buzzi Seatek
26 1989 Italy Stefano CasiraghiItaly Romeo Ferraris Buzzi Seatek
27 1990 not awarded
28 1991 Italy Angelo Spelta – Italy Maurizio Ambrogetti CUV Isotta Fraschini
29 1992 Italy Walter Ragazzi – Finland Jukka Mattila Skater Lightning
30 1993 United Arab Emirates Khalfan Harib – United States Ed Colyer Victory Sterling
31 1994 Italy Norberto Ferretti – Italy Luca Ferrari Tencara Lamborghini
32 1995 United Arab Emirates Saeed Al Tayer – Puerto Rico Felix Serralles Victory Sterling
33 1996 United Arab Emirates Saeed Al Tayer – Puerto Rico Felix Serralles Victory Sterling
34 1997 Saudi Arabia Laith PharaonUnited States John Tomlinson Tencara Lamborghini
35 1998 Norway Bjørn Rune GjelstenUnited Kingdom Steve Curtis Tencara Lamborghini
36 1999 United Arab Emirates Ali Nasser – United States Randy Scism Victory Sterling
37 2000 United Arab Emirates Ali Nasser – United Arab Emirates Khalfan Harib Victory Steak
38 2001 United Arab Emirates Mohammed Al Marri – United Arab Emirates Saeed Al Tayer Victory Lamborghini
39 2002 Norway Bjørn Rune GjelstenUnited Kingdom Steve Curtis Tencara Lamborghini
40 2003 Norway Bjørn Rune GjelstenUnited Kingdom Steve Curtis Victory Lamborghini
41 2004 Norway Bjørn Rune GjelstenUnited Kingdom Steve Curtis Victory Lamborghini
42 2005 Norway Bård EkerUnited Kingdom Steve Curtis Victory Lamborghini
43 2006 Norway Bjørn Rune GjelstenUnited Kingdom Steve Curtis Victory Lamborghini
44 2007 United Arab Emirates Arif Saif Al Zafeen – France Jean-Marc Sanchez Victory Lamborghini
45 2008 United Arab Emirates Mohammed Al Marri – United Arab Emirates Nadir Bin Hendi Victory Victory
46 2009 United Arab Emirates Arif Saif Al Zafeen – United Arab Emirates Nadir Bin Hendi Victory Victory
47 2010 United Arab Emirates Arif Saif Al Zafeen – United Arab Emirates Nadir Bin Hendi Victory Victory
48 2011 United Arab Emirates Arif Saif Al Zafeen – United Arab Emirates Nadir Bin Hendi Victory Victory
49 2012 United Arab Emirates Arif Saif Al Zafeen – United Arab Emirates M. Al Marri Victory Victory
50 2013 United Arab Emirates Arif Saif Al Zafeen – United Arab Emirates M. Al Marri Victory Victory
51 2014 United Arab Emirates Arif Saif Al Zafeen – United Arab Emirates N. Bin Hendi Victory Victory
52 2015 United States Gary Ballough – United States John Tomlinson MTI Mercury Racing
53 2016 United Arab Emirates Arif Saf Al-Zafeen – United Arab Emirates Nadir Bin Hendi Victory Team Victory V12
54 2017[9] United Arab Emirates Eisa Al Ali – United Arab Emirates Salem Al Aldidi Victory Team
55 2018 United States Shaun Torrente – United Arab Emirates Faleh Al-Mansoori Team Abu Dhabi 4
56 2019 United Arab Emirates Eisa Al Ali – United Arab Emirates Salem Al Aldidi Victory Mercury Racing

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