Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world and has a long term commitment to growing and developing the sport of powerboating at all levels.
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The APBA is the national authority for powerboat racing in the United States, as authorized by the UIM, the world governing body. It was created in 1903 by an act of the New York legislature as a racing association for powerboats. Based in Eastpointe, Michigan, near Detroit, it is the oldest and largest sanctioning organization in the world. It is the sole governing body for powerboat racing in the United States and sanctions races in a number of different classes.
The Association provides sanctioning, maintains rules, and verifies winnings from all of its events. It is made up of about 100 clubs/series and 2,500 members across the United States and Canada. On average, the APBA sanctions about 150 events every year, from weekend races to national championships to world championships. It strives to provide accurate and timely support to each of its entities and their members, making the process of staging a race event as smooth as possible. Expanding the reach and exposure of the sport is important to its growth and the APBA is dedicated to working with clubs to this aim.
APBA operates with category and regional chairpersons who oversee the layers that make up the Association. Chairman of the Offshore Racing Commission is Rich Luhrs who handles multiple classes of racing including Class 1, Super Cat, Super Stock and the V classes. His role involves him working closely with the UIM, race venues and race promoters to oversee a comprehensive calendar of events across the offshore classes. For the first time for more than 30 years the APBA sanctions all offshore powerboat racing events in the United States. Using one set of general racing rules, the schedule includes both national and regional championships, UIM/APBA sanctioned world championships for each class and the Ocean Cup Series.
Agreement with P1
An agreement has been reached between Powerboat P1 and the APBA for P1 to obtain the exclusive worldwide rights to film and distribute the APBA offshore events for the next 5 years. Putting in place this far-reaching agreement allows P1 to develop the UIM Class 1 Championship commercially and promote the series both nationally and globally to deliver enhanced value for race teams, venues, sponsors and partners. Each event on the APBA schedule will be livestreamed in its entirety on P1’s Facebook page, meaning all classes in addition to Class 1 will receive coverage. P1 will also produce a one-hour television programme from each race to air at a later date. APBA Offshore believes that quality broadcast coverage is a basic building block for any successful motorsport.