The Grand Prix of the Sea race series will return to Bournemouth seafront on the weekend of 3-4 September. The season finale promises high speed action.

Visitors to Bournemouth next month can expect a feast of high speed action close to the pier when the Grand Prix of the Sea heads to the Dorset resort.

A fleet of 11 powerboats and more than 30 Jet Ski riders will be taking part in the competitions.

Jet Ski and P1 powerboat racing returns to Bournemouth

Action on the water. Credit: P1 Superstock

Prior to the racing in Cardiff over the August Bank Holiday, Pertemps Network is leading the pack on 186 points. Second place Experience Kissimmee will be hoping to chase down the 25 point gap that separates them from the leaders.

Quantum Racing currently lie in third with 144 points, while E: Marine Racing  are less than 10 points behind them on 136.

See the racing schedule below

This will be P1’s third visit in a row to Bournemouth.

Organisers say the growth and quality of the town’s free events programme plays a major role in selecting it as a host venue for the national championships.

The amphitheatre setting for spectators to watch the racing from the cliff top, beach and pier is also a draw.

Jet Ski and P1 powerboat racing returns to Bournemouth

Jet ski action. Credit: P1 Superstock

Ahead of the final, the chief operating officer of Powerboat P1, Robert Wicks, said: “Our event is a festival of skill and power, with a headline double bill of close-to-shore powerboat and jet ski racing plus on-the-water displays and a parade of around 40 smart cars. It’s all about family entertainment and it’s free to watch.”

Organisers say P1’s partnership with the Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID) is an important element in its wider event strategy and the race weekend introduces a new range of visitors to all that Bournemouth has to offer and helps to boost trade and increase footfall in the town.

Up to 30,000 people are expected to watch the two days of racing.

Jet Ski and P1 powerboat racing returns to Bournemouth

Thrilling racing action is expected. Credit: Tim Piper/OnEvent

The general manager of the West Cliff Hallmark hotel and chairman of the Coastal BID, Paul Clarke, said: “We are proud to host and support the event in Bournemouth for the third year.”

“It provides a superb showcase for the town through extensive media exposure, provides free entertainment for residents and visitors of all ages, and extends the tourism season into September to create local economic impact,” he added.

For those who can’t make the final in Bournemouth, the race action will be shown on Sky Sports and Motors TV in the UK.

Race schedule:

Saturday, 3rd September

12.30 – 12.45
Freestyle/Hydro Flight

12.45 – 13.30
AquaX Enduro Practice & Race 1

13.30 – 14.00
AquaX Sprint Practice & Race 1

14.00 – 14.30
Superstock Official Practice

14.30 – 14.40
Freestyle/Hydro Flight

14.40 – 15.00
Superstock Race 1

15.00 – 15.10
AquaX Sprint 2

15.10 – 15.30
Superstock Race 2

15.30 – 15.45
Freestyle/Hydro Flight

15.45 – 16.30
AquaX Enduro Practice & Race 2

16.30 17.00
Freestyle/Hydro Flight

Sunday, 4th September

12.30 – 12.45
Freestyle/Hydro Flight

12.45 – 13.00
AquaX Sprint Race 3

13.00 – 13.20
Superstock Official Practice

13.20 – 13.30
Freestyle / Hydro Flight

13.30 – 13.50
Superstock Race 3

13.50 14.00
AquaX Sprint Race 4

14.00 – 14.10
Freestyle / Hydro Flight

14.10 – 14.30
Superstock Race 4

14.30 15.30
AquaX 200/250/300 Race 3

15.30 15.45
Freestyle/Hydro Flight

16.00 16.30
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