London, 10 February 2016: Powerboat P1, the world’s biggest marine motorsport brand, has announced that Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) will be a leading sponsor of the inaugural P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in June.
The UK’s largest ferry network operator and one of the largest companies headquartered in Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne will support the two-day marine motorsport event in Greenock which will see powerboats and jet skis racing on the Clyde as part of the P1 Superstock and AquaX UK Championships. The company began life in 1851 as a private steamship business and is now the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries and freight services between the mainland of Scotland and 22 islands on the west coast.
P1 Chief Operating Officer, Robert Wicks said: “We are very much aware of CalMac’s cultural heritage and the value it delivers to the island and mainland communities it serves through investment in people, the transport sector and the Scottish economy as a whole, so we are delighted to have them on board for our first ever race event in Scotland. CalMac is the perfect partner to help us make a significant economic and social impact in the region.”
CalMac’s Head of Commercial Operations, Graeme MacFarlan explained: "We have a long history of supporting community events and we are delighted to add the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea to our list for 2016. We are very keen to increase the contribution we make to the development of Scottish Marine Tourism and welcomed the opportunity to become involved in an event of this calibre. Inverclyde is our base and we pride ourselves on the relationships we have locally and are keen to do all we can to further tourism opportunities in the area.”
The P1 race course will be located close-to-shore at Greenock’s Esplanade, making it ideal for spectators to catch all the free-to-watch action. There will be a dedicated area for spectator boats. In addition to the 15,000 spectators that are expected on each day (June 18 & 19), the event will be broadcast on Sky Sports and Motors TV in the UK and internationally to more than 400 million homes in over 100 countries.
Co-hosted by Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council, the Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea will be the second round of the five-venue P1 UK race series, with the championship kicking off in Scarborough in mid-May and including events in Gosport, Cardiff and Bournemouth.