Antigua lines up an Iconic event

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Following two years of negotiations and planning, Iconic World Powerboat and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda have agreed to jointly host their first major international powerboat regatta.
With the full support of the Prime Minister, Gaston Browne and the Minister of Tourism, Asot Michael and the Minister of Sport, EP Chet Greene the event is going to bring the world’s best powerboat racers to Antigua in March 2018.
Michael said: “This iconic powerboat race is the latest and most exciting addition to our yachting calendar. It introduces the destination to power boat; jet ski racing enthusiasts, who for the first
time will experience this exciting event in the beautiful waters of Antigua and Barbuda.”
“The international exposure that we will receive from hosting the first of its kind in the region of professional powerboat racing, is in direct alignment of the country’s vision to make
Antigua and Barbuda a household name in the international yachting and marine circuit.”
The event in Antigua covers the whole island and also includes a concert at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium featuring an internationally renowned artiste (separate announcements will be made) and a massive variety of boats from the USA, Caribbean and Europe.
The organisers intend to bring at least 150 boats to the island for a 10-day festival of powerboat racing.
CEO Richard Teideman explained: “We are delighted to be able to announce this event to the world. We have been planning it for a very long time and thanks to the courage and enthusiasm of the people of Antigua we expect it to be one of the most exciting new events on the motorsport calendar.”
He said that Antigua’s two major ports of operations – Jolly Beach and English Harbour – makes it possible for the regatta to encompass every possible type of boat from jet skis and single seater Formula 2 boats to massive 200mph offshore boats.  
Chief Operating Officer Eugene Bari said: “Iconic World Powerboat is designed to be the Olympics of powerboat racing. We have seen how hard the individual promoters and racers work to make the sport exciting and by combining the efforts of the global powerboat racing community we think our vision is something that will appeal to everyone.”
The Iconic World Powerboat Concept is designed to include everyone involved in marine motorsport.
Iconic World Powerboat has already secured the support of 70 teams (40 teams from offshore
circuit, 20 inshore teams,10 Marathon boats and 2 Turbine boats).

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