The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) have posted their first provisional 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship calendar.
The opening event of this season due to be held in Fujairah, UAE is scheduled to take place in under a month’s time, however I understand that the organisers can’t confirm that it will go ahead and are still working on it.
According to the calendar, the series kicks off in the emirate of Fujairah on the east coast of the UAE and then moves on to Yanbu in Saudi Arabia in March.
The Yanbu Municipality last hosted a race in March 2017 when the Class3-225 Offshore World Championship was held there.
It’s then proposed that the XCAT’s will race in Europe twice and then move on to China for races in Shanghai and Hangzhou.
The season finale is pencilled in for the UAE on November.
Although it is seen as a series of 8 races on the calendar, only 4 venues name declared. Furthermore, considering that the first race of the season has not yet been fully confirmed, it is not hard to say that it will be a difficult year for the 2019 X-Cat series.
2019 UIM XCAT World Championship Calendar
Fujairah UAE / 13 – 15 February
Yanbu Saudi Arabia /13 – 15 March
Venue TBA Italy / 28 – 30 June
Venue TBA Country TBA / 19 – 21 July
Shanghai China / 13 – 15 September
Hangzhou China / 20 – 22 September
Venue TBA China / 25 – 27 October
Venue TBA UAE / 28 – 30 November