The first race of the season will be held in Fujairah, Uniter Arab Emirates, on April 12th and 13th. New builders, new teams, new venues will make for another amazing championship.
The excitement is growing as the XCAT World Championship is approaching. With the UIM, the World Powerboating Federation, in the role of promoter, the discipline will see for 2018 even more boats and more venues. Many details have yet to be disclosed, but this season’s line-up should count no less than 14 teams from three continents, with the usual presence of drivers from allover the world. And, for the first time ever, there will be no less than four boat builders competing with different teams. Beside the Victory-built catamarans, 2018 will see boats by Doug Wright, MTI-Randy Scism, and Maritimo.
As for the hosting venues, so far 12 races have been officially announced, in a calendar that will span from April to November touching 6 different locations, across China and the UAE. Further venues in Europe have still to be confirmed.
The first race will be hosted by the Fujairah International Marine Club, in a venue that has always seen spectacular and challenging races, with rough sea and many twists. Ahmed Ibrahim Alblooshi said “The event will be held along the four days from April 10 to 13: as in last year, and as for the following events of the season, the last two days will see two full-length races, both with championship points at stake.”
The defending champions are Salem al Adidi and Eisa al Ali, who won the 2017 crown with Victory Team of Dubai after a head-to-head battle with Brett Luhrmann and Pål Virik Nilsen of Team Australia. All the four drivers will be at the starting flag, as will be most of the competitive pilots seen last year. But new teams and new drivers will be there, to fight for the title of the most spectacular powerboating discipline of the last years.