About Class 1

The Class 1 World Powerboat Championship is an exhilarating and breathtaking spectacle. It brings together the latest in million dollar, state-of-the-art technology, an array of spectacular venues from the golden sands of the Arabian Gulf, the steely blue waters of the Norwegian Fjords and the sun drenched coasts of southern Europe and an international group of teams and racers who remain a breed apart in professional sport and compete for the most coveted prize in world powerboat racing – the Sam Griffith Trophy.It is a supremely competitive sport with driver and throttleman strapped into ‘jet fighter’ canopies, where 42ft powerboats, weighing five tons and powered by twin 900hp engines race at perilous speeds exceeding 160mph in always unpredictable conditions. A sport fuelled by adrenalin; a powerful and passionate display of skill and courage, creating a theatre of excitement and drama for the crowds who flock in their tens of thousands to watch real racing at its limit.