XCAT action is ready to resume, with the third round of the UIM XCAT Powerboat World Series set to take place in the town of Cascais, 30km west of Portugal’s capital Lisbon for the very first time.
The 13 international teams will begin racing on June 12, with the main race, the Cascais GP, taking place on Sunday, June 14. A series of meetings took place in Cascais between the municipality, the Portuguese Powerboat Federation, the Cascais yacht club and Marina and the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA) – promoters of the UIM XCAT World Series, in which thel location was chosen for the event.
“We are thrilled to be taking XCAT racing to Portugal for the first time,” said the WPPA’s newly appointed CEO, Ronan Morgan. “So far, we have had extremely fruitful discussions with all the parties concerned, planning is on track, and we’re looking forward to a spectacular event.
“The race village and race course will be set up in such a way that everything is within walking distance, so providing a fantastic viewing experience for spectators. We expect a throng of both tourists and the local community to converge on the area to witness something truly special,” added Morgan.
Cascais is a very popular tourist destination, not just for regular tourists – but royalty too, many European royal families having chosen this picturesque seaside town as their vacation spot.
Newcomers Team Abu Dhabi (Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori) are the current leaders of the UIM XCAT World Series after their first-round victory in Fujairah and their second-place finish in round two in Dubai in February.
Chasing them for that top spot are teams from the Italy, Sweden, Australia and the UAE.
With 35 points on offer for victory in Cascais, there’ll be plenty on the line as the 13 teams line up in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.
For more information on the UIM XCAT World Series, log on to www.xcatracing.com