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     World Class 1 power boating is a rather new, but popular, sport to the Arabian Gulf. Perhaps you have seen these large powerful boats on television or even racing nearby. UIM (Union International Motonautique) manages these races and provides the rules for the racers to follow. These boats are very expensive and use state of the art technology to provide the fastest crafts on water.


     World Class 1 power boats, like Dubai’s Victory Team, are usually constructed with carbon and Kevlar so that the boats are light yet strong. Light means that these boats weigh approximately 5 tonnes! Most of the weight in these boats comes from two V12 engines. The boats are just over 12 meters long and just under 4 meters wide. Currently, there are 11 teams and a total of 23 boats (teams usually have 2 or 3 boats competing in each race).


     Two people race each boat. One person steers, while the other controls the throttle, or the speed of the boat. Modern UIM World Class 1 boats are built with a catamaran design; that is, they have two hulls that ride on the water, similar to a train touching the tracks. Each side of the boat has an 850 horsepower engine creating enough power to travel at the dangerous speed of 260 kilometers per hour. As a result, there are often accidents in this sport.


     All races are run offshore and this means that the conditions often change depending on the weather and conditions of the sea. Drivers of the boats race around a course of at least 90 nautical miles and they must finish the race in under one hour. During each race, each team must race two longer laps, which must be raced between laps 3 and 7. As a result, the lead boat changes often and it adds excitement to the race. The overall winner of all the races wins the Sam Griffith Trophy and a lot of prize money.

 

  
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