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P1 return to Inverclyde this weekend

John Moore on 22nd June 2017

Powerboat and jet ski racing returns to the River Clyde this weekend in the latest leg of the P1 SuperStock and AquaX national race series.

More than 30,000 spectators are expected to flock to Greenock Esplanade over the two days for the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, which will deliver free entertainment both on and off the water in an event co-hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde and supported by EventScotland.

Following a hugely successful first year in Greenock, the event will again transform the Esplanade into a buzz of activity celebrating marine motorsport and championing Inverclyde. The weekend of sport and family entertainment will include jet ski freestyle displays.

(L-R) Callum McKinnon, Ashleigh Finlayson, Councillor Michael McCormack, Dave Finlayson and Fiona Maguire

The Esplanade will be transformed into a showcase featuring a programme of interactive activities celebrating the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, Scotland’s Food & Drink and Things To See And Do In Inverclyde. A free children’s play zone will complement the activity on the water.

Ahead of the event, Powerboat P1 managing director Robert Wicks said;

We can’t wait to return to the marine leisure capital of Scotland to showcase our marine motorsport programme and the very best of Inverclyde.
Greenock was an outstanding location for extremely successful event last year, and we hope to build on all that positivity and excitement this weekend.

Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, said;

We are delighted to welcome P1 back to Greenock and to co-host for the second year running.
The powerboat racing event is a great way to showcase Inverclyde on the day and afterwards through the broadcast. Not only does it create an exciting racing event on the river over the weekend, it gives us a chance to show residents and visitors a real taste of Scotland with the Esplanade Showcase.
The event will link into the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and as well as highlighting Inverclyde’s strong and maritime heritage, it will also show visitors a fascinating and engaging glimpse of Scotland’s history and heritage.
I hope everyone attending enjoys this weekend and joins me in getting behind Davie and Ashleigh who will be racing the Spirit of Inverclyde boat.

This year’s event is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said;

Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and we are delighted to be supporting the return of the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea to Greenock.
Visitors and residents alike can expect an action-packed weekend; with the chance to witness high-speed racing while also enjoying a range of family-friendly activities, celebrating the region’s maritime past in the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Riverside Inverclyde’s Acting CEO Fiona Maguire added;

We are looking forward to showcasing the best of what Inverclyde has to offer this coming weekend, both in terms of our local History and Heritage and Scotland’s wider Food & Drink.
I have no doubt that visitors new and old will be given a great welcome by the locals.

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