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The RYA's Powerboat Racing Department are delighted to announce Guille Design, Team WNT and Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde as the winners of the 2016 Powerboat Racing Industry Awards. The awards, launched in 2015, set out to recognise those companies and organisations who contribute to the sport's success from sponsorship and event hosting, to safety and technology. 

"Once again we have been staggered by the calibre of entries we received for these awards, making the job of the judging panel extremely difficult", commented Jeni Jelf, RYA Powerboat Racing Manager. "These awards go just some way to recognising the continued support and involvement of the many companies and organisations who give so much to the sport we all love, helping if flourish and grow."

Awards were available in the following categories:

  • Leading contribution to powerboat racing from a marine industry supplier (safety / technology)
  • Best sponsorship of a powerboat racing team
  • Leading contribution from a host venue 

In the 'Leading contribution from a host venue' it was Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde who clinched the prestigious award for the efforts in hosting the first ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. 

Neil Lochiel, on behalf of co-sponsors Riverside Inverclyde commented:

"It is an honour - not to mention a complete surprise - to have won this award along with Inverclyde Council. It was recognition enough that the people of Inverclyde and beyond embraced this event so enthusiastically, and to have worked collaboratively with the excellent P1 organisation in making this a 'must repeat' event for Inverclyde. But without the superb contribution and dedication of many other organisations and individuals, in particular those from the 'Blue Light' services, the first ever Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea couldn't have been the success that it was. So, as one of the co-hosts, it will be a privilege to accept this award on behalf of all of those people and organisations who gave of their time, experience and expertise to bring this superb event to fruition." 

Inverclyde Council's Provost, Robert Moran, added:

"The P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea was a fantastic event held off the historic Esplanade area of Greenock. This was the first time it has ever been hosted here and it makes this award even more special. It recognises the hard work that goes in to delivering an event like this. It is a reflection of the commitment in Inverclyde across a range of individuals and organisations to be a good host and to deliver fun and exciting events for residents and to help encourage more visitors to enjoy what we have to offer. In particular, I'd like to thank the Council officers who worked tirelessly to make sure that this and other events across the year, no matter their scale, are well run and showcase Inverclyde to a wide audience."

"The Council and our partners at Riverside Inverclyde have already committed to co-host again this year. We hope that the 2017 event will build on last year's success and be another exciting weekend of top quality P1 powerboat and jet ski racing on the Clyde."

P1 Chief Operating Officer, Robert Wicks, concluded:

"In hosting the inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea last summer, Inverclyde not only put itself on the map as the 'marine leisure capital of Scotland' but also showcased powerboat racing to a new audience and created a positive image of the sport for future years."

The industry awards will be officially presented at the RYA Powerboat Racing Awards dinner, which also celebrates the success of powerboat racers from Offshore, Circuit and Jet Bike racing on Saturday 4 February 2017 in Southampton.

Picking up the award for 'Contribution to Powerboat Racing Marine from Industry Supplier' as Guille Design for their innovative Class 3A Hull designs and continued development and technical support of the design which has led the UK to being very successful both Nationally and Internationally in the 3A Class.

Commenting on his win, John Guille said: "It is a real honour to receive this award for the many hours of design and hard graft that have gone into the Phantom 19G boats. To be able to provide the British teams with an affordable opportunity to compete on par internationally has been the most rewarding part.

"In Offshore Class 3A the last three years have seen the 19G's take two World Championships and two second places which has helped provided the springboard to make this the most popular and fastest growing UIM international class both at home and abroad. We are now looking forward to the UIM Offshore 3A and 3B World Championships in September in Guernsey which is shaping up to be the most exciting international event that Britain has hosted for many years!"

While in the category of 'Best sponsorship of a powerboat racing team', the winner was Team WNT. Nominated by RM Racing, Team WNT stood out to the judging panel for their substantial investment and ongoing commitment to the team on many levels. Team WNT commented:

"We are delighted to receive this award and for being recognised by the RYA for the ongoing support we give, not only to the team, but also to the sport of Powerboat Racing."

To find out more about RYA Powerboat Racing visit www.rya.org.uk/go/powerboatracing