UK-wide award for 'Best Contribution From A Host Venue' collected by P1's key event partners Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde
Inverclyde proudly flew the flag for Scotland at the weekend when the co-hosts of the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, which debuted in Greenock last year, picked up a RYA Powerboat industry award in Southampton. The P1 event's key local partners were among some 250 racers, supporters, friends and family who celebrated the success of British Powerboat Racing across the sport's many disciplines at the RYA Powerboat Racing awards ceremony 2016.
The leading roles of both Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde in making the first Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea such a success were recognised by the presentation of the 2016 RYA Industry Award for Best Contribution From A Host Venue.
Neil Lochiel, responsible for Enterprise & Corporate Development at Riverside Inverclyde, said:
"I was delighted to collect the award on behalf of Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council at the inspirational RYA event on Saturday. I accepted the award on behalf of the many organisations, individuals and the 'Blue Light' services, without which this event could not have taken place. It also recognises how this first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea event was embraced by the people of Inverclyde, and beyond, with 30,000 enjoying the spectacle. Together we are already working to make this year's event on 24-25 June an ever greater success, so thank you to the RYA for the award and the recognition that comes with it."
Picture: Neil Lochiel accepts the award on behalf of Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde
A huge 33 awards were presented to the creme-de-la-creme of powerboat racers who last year clinched a whole host of British, European, World and Speed records across the sport's many classes. The event is an annual showcase for the sport in the UK and is attended by racers from throughout the country. RYA Powerboat Racing Manager Jeni Jelf said:
"Powerboat racing has had another strong year, with 91 racing events being held across the UK. 19 British National Championship titles along with various National and World Speed records have been contested by over 460 competitors of varying ages in different racing categories so we had a lot to celebrate at the RYA Powerboat Racing awards ceremony!"
Throughout the evening a number of awards were presented to some of the younger racers on the circuit, including the likes of Harvey Smith, Ben Jelf, and Tiegan Goodfellow, who have consistently demonstrated skill, passion and determination to clinch their well-deserved awards.
"We had a fantastic turn out for the evening and it was great to see so many talented youngsters in the sport receiving accolades for their achievements. Their dedication and determination to succeed really does bode well for the future for our sport. We'd like to thank everyone who came along for such an enjoyable night and especially Guille Design, Team WNT and Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde who joined us as the winners of the 2016 Powerboat Racing Industry Awards" added Jeni.
Marine motorsport fans across Scotland are in for another dose of high-speed powerboat action this summer when the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea returns to Greenock for a second time on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June, 2017. More than 30,000 spectators enjoyed the first Scottish event in June last year and co-hosts and lead partners Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde are underway in the planning and preparation for this year's spectacle.
The 2016 P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in numbers
30,000 spectators across the weekend
- £2.3m overall event impact
- £530,000 impact of spectators and visitors
- Over 700 bed nights secured for regional accommodation providers
- Broadcast in more than 100 countries to 400 million households
Picture: A selection of winners from the evening