Powerboat P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea 18-19 June 2016

An estimated 30,000 people took to the Esplanade - the majority on the sun-drenched Saturday - to enjoy the first ever Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. If you missed it, or want to re-live parts of it, here is the programme broadcasted on Sky Sports:

DOCUMENT LINK: Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea

At the sponsors's launch event on 17th June, P1's Chief Operating Officer Robert Wicks, encapsulated much of what Inverclyde has to offer in this two minute extract from his speech:

DOCUMENT LINK: Robert Wicks on Inverclyde

To listen to Robert's full speech, here is is in 2 parts:

DOCUMENT LINK: Robert Wicks, P1 Chief Operating Officer, at Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea launch event, 17th June 2016 (Part 1)

DOCUMENT LINK: Robert Wicks, P1 Chief Operating Officer, at Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea launch event, 17th June 2016 (Part 2)




Powerboating’s P1 buoyed by support of sponsors for inaugural Scottish Grand Prix

Powerboat P1 Management, the UK-based promoter of international powerboating events, has said that it has been encouraged by the level of sponsorship support for the inaugural P1 race in Scotland this year, with six commercial partners signed up and further deals possible.

The Scottish coastal town of Greenock, located 25 miles west of Glasgow, will stage the first P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea on 18 and 19 June, and various sponsors have been signed up to add to the backing from James Watt Dock Marina, the host marina, and Peel Ports Clydeport, the local port that is managing various on-site and on-water logistics and planning.

The six commercial sponsors signed up are: Caledonian MacBrayne (ferry operator); River Clyde Homes (social housing provider); Ogilvie Homes (property developer); WBI Group (property, business development and investment group); Cardwell Garden Centre; and Greenock Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Wicks, P1’s chief operating officer, signed up the sponsors directly, although often after introductions from Riverside Inverclyde, the publicly-funded urban regeneration firm, and Inverclyde Council.

Discussing the level of commercial buy-in from local and Scottish firms, he said: “It’s been encouraging and even surprising. Sometimes we’ve seen other events have taken a year or two or three to build, but the level of weight and momentum behind the [Greenock] event right from the word go has been very strong. Obviously having the Council and a big regeneration business involved at the top of the table is always going to help.�

Asked if more sponsors could be added, he replied: “We have the opportunity to and it would be great if there were a couple of others who come on board. We’re not going to say no. 

“The reality is that we’ve already launched the event and quite a lot of the promotional collateral is out there, but there’s nothing to say that a new partner couldn’t join at this stage and we’ve got a couple that are still under discussion.�

The investment from sponsors, Riverside Inverclyde, Inverclyde Council and also EventScotland, the agency responsible for attracting major sports events to Scotland, will cover the organisational costs and make the event “sustainable� according to Wicks.

He added: “Securing CalMac as an anchor sponsor gave a number of others the confidence to come on board from there.

“We’ve got quite a wide variety of brands. They tend to be associated because they are linked to the regeneration side of things, or they are support of the reimaging going on in and around Greenock or they want to be seen to be associated with local community initiatives and events in the area.�

A large portion of P1’s commercial revenue derives from sponsorship deals for the boats themselves, with the likes of Typhoo Tea and insurance broker Arthur J Gallagher signed up to support teams.

The P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, which will feature both P1 Panther race boats and around 40 jet skis, forms part of the UK series, which will also take in legs in the English resorts of Scarborough, Gosport and Bournemouth, along with the Welsh capital Cardiff.

The Greenock event will be free to attend and will attract 30,000 spectators over two days, according to organisers, generating an economic impact of between £2.5 million ($3.65 million) and £2.75 million through hotel stays, catering and use of local services and supplies.

Greenock, much like Glasgow, has a proud heritage in shipbuilding and is also a regular port of call for large cruise liners.

While the majority of the spectators are expected to stem from a 100-mile radius of Greenock, the fact that most teams are from England and Wales will ensure that a large contingent of non-Scottish competitors, officials and spectators will travel from further afield, according to Wicks.

The media value ascribed to the event is over and above the economic impact figure, with mainly highlights package deals with around 15 broadcasters spanning over 100 countries.

Domestic broadcast coverage will consist of a highlights programme broadcast on both pay-TV’s Sky Sports and Motors TV, the digital channel available on the Freeview platform, while international broadcasters include Fox Sports and the Nautical Channel, which is available to over 20 million subscribers in 44 countries.

Looking forward, P1 is keen to return to Scotland, where the marine tourism body has unveiled plans to increase the economic value of the marine tourism sector from £360 million to over £450 million by 2020 in a mission statement entitled ‘Awakening the Giant’.

Wicks said: “There is a great deal of interest in P1 coming to Scotland and, on the assumption that the event goes well, we have the opportunity to extend our agreement with our current hosts for a further two years and we’d be delighted to do that.� 

Powerboat P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea 18-19 June 2016

Don’t miss this great FREE event! With TV highlights being beamed into 400 million homes worldwide, Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council are co-hosting this event to promote Inverclyde as a great place to live and visit, and to position the area for attracting investment. With a minimum of 20,000 spectators expected, this event should provide a great boost to the local economy. Go to the “Powerboat P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea 18-19 June 2016� tab for more information, or to the webpages on the advertisement poster above.


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Issue Date: 23 November 2015

Nicola Strugeon at John Watt docks

First Minister unveils Inverclyde powerboat 

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has welcomed the newest event on the Scottish racing calendar - the P1 Powerboat Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea which will be jointly hosted in Inverclyde by Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council. The P1 Powerboat and Jet Ski national championships will be staged off Greenock’s Esplanade on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016. 

To celebrate, a specially designed Inverclyde branded boat has been unveiled in Greenock by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, Provost Robert Moran and ri chairman Gerry McCarthy at James Watt Dock Marina.

The boat will not only race in the first ever Scottish Grand prix of the Sea next June, but will also race during the rest of the P1 Powerboat calendar in 2016 at Scarborough,  Gosport, Cardiff and Bournemouth.

The First Minister said: “This major event will attract tens of thousands of powerboat racing fans to Inverclyde, an area with a rich maritime history. Visitors to the area are guaranteed a friendly welcome and the event is expected to bring significant benefits to the local economy. The River Clyde will provide a magnificent backdrop for all the races�.

Inverclyde, Provost, Robert Moran, said: “The P1 Powerboat is an exhilarating event and it is a great honour that Inverclyde is able to bring the Grand Prix of the Sea to Scotland for the very first time. The new Inverclyde branded boat will race in the waters of the Clyde and across the UK to help to showcase Inverclyde and Scotland. With the huge number of cruise ship passengers visiting Scotland through Greenock, our two major marinas, the wealth of water based activities, Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina each October and the powerboat event next June, Inverclyde can truly lay claim to the title of marine leisure capital of Scotland.� 

Riverside Inverclyde Chair, Gerry McCarthy, said: “Doesn’t the Inverclyde branded boat look superb?  It’s designed to attract the interest of visitors and businesses alike to area, and get people talking about Inverclyde. Remember this event gets broadcast into 400 million homes around the world.  I’m really looking forward to 18th and 19th June. I’m a big fan of Formula 1 Grand Prix, so having a Grand Prix of the Sea at Greenock’s Esplanade is really exciting – especially when there is an Inverclyde boat we can cheer on. I’m sure the people of Inverclyde and beyond will give this first ever Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea great support. Riverside Inverclyde is proud to be able to present this event as co-hosts with Inverclyde Council�

Powerboat P1 is the world’s leading marine motorsport promoter, successfully staging more than 200 events in 17 countries on three continents since 2003.

As part of the wider promotion of tourism in Inverclyde, tourism related businesses will have the opportunity to feature on the Esplanade with a planned Inverclyde Showcase accompanying the event.

The events are shown on Sky Sports in HD.

Link to video of Powerboat P1 events:


Co-hosts Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council, with members of key organisations preparing to deliver the first P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea off Greenock’s Esplanade on 18-19 June 2016,  welcome the Inverclyde branded boat to Greenock. This boat will participate in each of Powerboat P1’s five Grand Prix of the Sea events in the UK during 2016. Get the dates in your diary and come along and support Inverclyde in this thrilling, action-packed event.

Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea for Inverclyde

Powerboat and Jet Ski national championships could be staged in Greenock as Inverclyde Council and regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde (ri) agree to become a new Powerboat P1 host venue. The Powerboat P1 Grand Prix of the Sea is an international high profile event that has never been held in Scotland. UK championships have been held in England and Wales. Powerboat P1 is the world’s leading marine motorsport promoter, successfully staging more than 200 events in 17 countries on three continents since 2003.

The event will be jointly hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde (ri) in June 2016 at Greenock’s Esplanade.

And, as part of the wider promotion of tourism in Inverclyde, tourism related businesses will have the opportunity to showcase themselves on the Esplanade with a planned ‘mile-long Inverclyde Showcase’ accompanying the event.

Gerry McCarthy, Chair of Riverside Inverclyde, said : “Riverside Inverclyde was determined that the first ever Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea would be held in Greenock. Apart from the great spectacle that this event will bring to the people of Inverclyde, the accompanying international profile provides a unique platform to supplement Riverside Inverclyde’s activities in positioning Inverclyde for mobile investment. Furthermore, creating an Inverclyde Showcase along the Esplanade can help to lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth for Inverclyde’s tourism businesses. This can be the catalyst for attracting return visits to Inverclyde from the thousands expected to travel to Inverclyde to watch this spectacular event. The collaborative efforts of Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council in securing this event - supported by Peel Ports, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and Blue Sea Marinas – demonstrates the ongoing success of the Inverclyde economic development & regeneration single operating plan�.

Inverclyde Council’s Environment and Regeneration Convener, Councillor Michael McCormick, said: “With the tremendous assets we have, Inverclyde is the ideal location to host an event like this.  Not only will this be a fantastic free event for Inverclyde residents to enjoy, it will also be a chance to showcase Inverclyde to a wider audience.  TV broadcast will also take us to a UK and potentially global audience, with the Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea 2016. This event shows the scale of our ambition to bring more high profile activity to Inverclyde and encourage more people to visit and enjoy all that Inverclyde has to offer.   The Inverclyde Showcase is a crucial element to this event to allow local tourism-related business a chance to showcase what they do to residents and to visitors.�

The powerboat racing series, P1 SuperStock, is based on a one-design boat powered exclusively by BRP’s Evinrude engines which creates a level playing field and ensures costs are controlled and the sport remains accessible.

The jet-ski classes are based on 200hp – 300hp production models, with the full support of Sea-doo, Kawasaki and Yamaha. The close-to-shore race course and fun of the race village means P1 events are designed to excite and entertain, ensuring spectator enjoyment and sponsor value with a significant economic impact for the host venue.

The events are shown on Sky Sports in HD.


DOCUMENT LINK: Powerboat P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the sea 18-19 June 2016 – Sponsorship opportunities for local businesses