Date: Thu 11 Jun 2015

Gosport Ferry Ltd to make waves at P1 race weekend

Special cruise to Stokes Bay to provide great viewing for passengers as ferry company sponsors jet ski freestyle action at P1 Grand Prix of the Sea

As Powerboat P1, the world’s biggest marine motorsport brand, prepares to return to Gosport for next month’s P1 Grand Prix of the Sea, it has announced a new partnership with Gosport Ferry Ltd that will see the ferry operator sponsor the jet ski freestyle displays at Stokes Bay.

P1’s double bill of powerboat and jet ski racing over the weekend of 11th/12th July will feature world and national jet ski freestyle champions Lee Stone and Jason Bleasdale, who will entertain the crowds on the beach with a high-speed, high-energy freestyle routine, complete with back flips and barrel rolls. But the best place to enjoy the breath-taking displays, as well as the race action, will be on board the Gosport ferry as it cruises the waters off Stokes Bay on the second day of the event.

“As a key transport link between the two communities of Portsmouth and Gosport, we are proud to be supporting the P1 Grand Prix of the Sea through our sponsorship of the jet ski freestyle displays.” said Chris Waters, Finance Director. “Our cruise from Gosport around to Stokes Bay, where we will lay anchor just off the race course, will provide an unparalleled vantage point for the public to watch the jet ski freestyle stunts and P1 racing.”

The cruise will depart from the pontoon at Gosport at 11.15am on the Sunday and return at 4.30pm, with pre-ordered meals available on board. The cruise price of £18.50 per person includes one free child ticket with every adult ticket purchased. Food prices available on application.

Jet ski freestyle captivates a family audience and brings a new dimension to the P1 events. Aged 24, Lee Stone is the current Pro Freestyle world champion and enjoying a glittering career that takes him around the world and has already earned him two Guinness world records: one for winning the most consecutive UIM World Freestyle titles and another for recording the most back flips in one attempt (an amazing 36). Jason Bleasdale, a former British Champion stock car racer, is a relative newcomer to the sport, but his meteoric rise through the ranks has already seen him win four British freestyle titles.

Gosport Ferry has been bridging the gap between Portsmouth and Gosport for 140 years, offering a convenient, quick and comfortable alternative to the 14-mile journey by road. It carries more than 3 million passengers across Portsmouth Harbour each year.

• Tickets can be booked at http://www.gosportferry.co.uk/summer-cruises/grand-prix-of-the-sea or telephone 023 9252 4551

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