Originally Posted by ForTwo
Malta is confirmd mate
8 - 10 May
What length are your courses now? I have just read the following on the P1 site and can't believe P1 are making the courses shorter because the boats haven't got the reliability!
Quote from the P1 Site.
Two of the key elements that should keep racing as close in 2009 as it was in 2008 are shorter races and an altered points system. The new, shorter race lengths, in particular, have been particularly well received, especially by teams who struggled with reliability over the course of a weekend
. Others think it is more beneficial for spectators – especially as Powerboat P1 targets live TV coverage.
“The move to slightly shorter races is okay, and good for spectators,” says #66 Cranefields Wine team boss Siegfried Grieve. “But the endurance race should have slightly longer distances between the buoys and not only more laps. The boats need different conditions. This is good, and must be kept.”
“The races definitely needed to be shorter,” says Tedeschi. “Especially the longer Endurance race on the Saturday. Races cannot be too long if we are live on TV.”
There are several reasons for the shorter races,” says Hindley. “Ultimately, it’s a better show if it’s shorter in time. Secondly, the reliability rate during 2008 wasn’t that great. By shortening the course slightly, we take some stress off the boats, automatically improving their performance
and, at the same time, improving the show. If reliability goes up, and if 80 or 90 per cent of the boats are finishing both races on a weekend, then we can look at making the courses longer again.
This is all foreign to me, you either race for TV and the glamour and the so called glory or you race for the fun of it, as in Marathon. Obviously you can't have both.