Powerboats and Windsurfing Championships Visit Yorkshire Coast this Summer
Powerboats & Windsurfing Come to Yorkshire Coast
Va Va Voom! Marine Motorsports Race on the Yorkshire Coast this Summer
Season finales are known for being pulse quickeners and visitors to the Yorkshire Coast are in for a triple bill of fast, furious and free-to-watch seaside spectacles this summer, including the closing event of the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world and the UK National Windsurfing Championships.
Hundreds of windsurfers will descend on Bridlington’s north beach for the UK national Windsurfing Championships on 1–2 July. The action takes place close to shore making thrilling viewing for spectators, with a pirate ship and speed boat rides to entertain the crowds in between rounds.
Cruising along doesn’t apply to the Whitby Regatta. Now 176 years old, this major water-sports event is thought to be the oldest sea regatta in the north east of Britain, and alongside the yacht and rowing racing, visitors can enjoy a spectacular fireworks finale (approx. start time: 9.45pm) and a packed programme of sea-based arts & entertainment – all free to watch. It will take place from Friday 18 to Monday 21 August, in and around the harbour. The ever-popular greasy pole competition will be held on Saturday 19 August (at the fish pier next to the lifeboat house).
Over 2-3 September Scarborough will host the final of the national UK powerboat racing series, the P1 SuperStock UK Championship. Off shore, high speed powerboat racing is probably one of the most extreme types of watersports and the P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea promises two days of world-class powerboat and jet ski racing in Scarborough’s South Bay. The race course will be close to the shore, tight and fast making it a great spectacle for the public. Other entertainment for spectactors will include live music, stalls, meet the drivers, and water-sport displays. Scarborough is one of only three UK venues chosen to take part in the 2017 championship season.
“Scarborough offers first class facilities and attractions and proved to be a superb location for the 2017 season. With its historic harbour and castle headland, the geography of South Bay offers us a natural amphitheatre for racing and for spectators to view all the action and we are looking forward to working with our partners, sponsors and local businesses to make this year’s event an even better spectacle and to attract more visitors to the borough and boost the local economy. It will be great to return to Scarborough,” said P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks.
“Sandy beaches and clifftop platforms”
“From the world’s most famous explorers to Olympic superstars, Brits rule the waves!” says Janet Deacon of Welcome to Yorkshire. “We’ve got sea-faring in our DNA, and yet when it comes to watching live sport – enjoyed by a third of Brits – we turn into land-lubbers. It’s not always easy to watch sport on the water, but this is where the Yorkshire Coast is different to anywhere else in the country. We’ve got Britain’s most varied coastline – wide sandy beaches and clifftop platforms that transform the sea into a vast natural sporting arena. Sea sports are so easy to watch on the Yorkshire Coast, and we know how to throw a great beach party to welcome the victors back to shore. That’s what makes us unique, and what attracts both huge audiences and international sport-stars. This year is our best-ever year for sea-sport action – it’s thrilling to watch, so we hope to attract some converts in 2017!”
For more information about the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors, including full event and festival listings or ideas for places to stay during a visit to the area, visit discoveryorkshirecoast.com, northyorkmoors.org.uk and yorkshire.com, or talk to the team at the Tourism Bureau on T: 01723 383636 or E: [email protected], open all year, except 24-26 December and 1 January.