If you’re an offshore powerboat racing fan going through withdrawal after the excellent streamed coverage from the Super Boat International world championships in Key West last November, the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) and the recently formed Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix (OPGP) will jointly promote and run the Qatar Cup, a four-day powerboat racing festival, in Doha Bay on Feb. 4-7, 2015.
“The Qatar Cup idea was born last year, but we couldn’t get the American teams here last time,” said Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani. “This time the formula is completely different and we have signed with a number of teams who will come here in February. This will be a stand-alone championship approved by the UIM and APBA. This will create bigger recognition, both here and abroad, and we are confident it will grow. It is also a perfect opportunity for our up-and-coming racers in Qatar to compete alongside international rivals.”
The Qatar Cup will feature the Super Cat, Super Vee Light, Super Vees and a new handicap racing-type format. Boats from Europe, Australia and New Zealand will also be competing.
Qatar resident Ali Al-Neama and throttleman Billy Moore will represent the host nation at the helm of Spirit of Qatar 20 in the Super Cat class.
The course will be laid out in two configurations and a handicap will be determined to put the racing on a level playing field. The precise timetable of the 2015 Qatar Cup has yet to be finalized. For more information, check out www.qmsf.org.