Thrills and spills
Powerboat racing is loved around the globe for its high intensity, non-stop action which for decades has thrilled crowds.
Richard Carr is recognised as being one of the most popular racers and his return to the sport has certainly excited those that used to watch him.
However, like all forms of motor racing, powerboat racing comes with serious safety implications. Over the decades technology has ensured that powerboats continue to improve their safety regulations and Richard was pleased to read the UIM discuss the ongoing process of improving safety in the sport.
The UIM explained that safety “remains very much at the forefront and the mantra of powerboating’s world’s governing body and its technical commissioners.”
At last year’s UIM General Assembly in Monaco, attempting to introduce new methods to improve head and neck protection were top of the agenda. Head and Neck Support (HANS) was discussed by the Offshore Professional Committee (OPC) and testing was conducted in the final round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.
Class 1 and V1 competitors used the HANS device to extricate themselves from the top escape hatch with success.
“Safety is an absolute priority for the UIM and is an ongoing step-by- step process in order to achieve this at the highest levels across all powerboating today”, said OPC Race Management’s Gianfranco Venturelli. “I am very satisfied with the outcome of the tests and what was learned. Myself and members of Cominsafe (the international medical and safety commission) will study closely the report submitted by Bergamo Scuba Angels and will look closely at the inboard and outboard video footage. I am confident that we can rectify any problems or issues by developing the equipment and will organize further tests.
“By the end of September 2016, and if after successful completion of further tests relating to the project, a final decision will be taken for mandatory implementation in 2017.”