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February 1, 2023

Powerboat P1 has announced the UIM Class 1 World Championship race calendar for the 2023 season, which sees the series heading to Wisconsin for the first time and returning to favorite locations in Florida and Indiana. A fleet of eight Class 1 boats is expected to compete in the six-venue championship from May through to September.

In October 2020, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) assigned to Powerboat P1 the international rights to Class 1 racing in an exclusive ten-year agreement that includes organizational and promotion rights to the world championship. However, with the pandemic seriously impacting the 2021 season by preventing overseas teams from traveling to the United States, it wasn’t until this year that P1 was able to action its plans to attract more race teams and grow the series through social media and building the worldwide television audience.

Racing will kick off at Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast in late May, before moving to the Gulf Coast at the end of June when the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix will celebrate its 38th anniversary. In August the series will head north to Indiana for the Michigan City Great Lakes Grand Prix, and a new event in the Wisconsin city of Sheboygan on the western shore of Lake Michigan will host the Mercury Racing MidWest Challenge. Featuring the top categories of U.S. powerboat racing including Class 1, the three-day festival is expected to attract more than thirty teams to race along the Sheboygan waterfront. In early September the Class 1 fleet will be back on the Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, and P1 CEO Azam Rangoonwala is in advanced discussions to stage a season finale in Miami. “We raced in this iconic city in 2018 and returning this year with the Class 1 boats would create an outstanding climax to the 2023 championship,” Rangoonwala said.                

“As we look ahead to the 2023 season, I can confirm that both the M CON Racing Team and Sudrheim Offshore Racing will be joining the series to give us an international field of eight boats with teams representing Australia, Sweden, Norway and, of course, the United States,” said Rangoonwala. “The M CON team will compete in a fully branded Monster Energy boat. This new canopied Skater 438 catamaran is the first purpose-built Class 1 boat for more than a decade. With Sudrheim Racing flying the flag for Norway next year, we can look forward to another Scandinavian team battling for the world title.”

This season’s championship will build towards an international race calendar in 2024 with host venues in Scandinavia and the Middle East being added to the schedule. In five years’ time, the key goal in P1’s development plan is to have twelve Class 1 teams racing at ten international venues. “Our live streaming this season will be significantly enhanced by the introduction of a new timing system which will show boat positions, distances between boats, speeds and lap times as live graphics,” explained Rangoonwala. “We’re on an exciting journey and our mantra is to take UIM Class 1 back to the pinnacle of offshore racing."

UIM Class 1 World Championship – 2023 Race Calendar

Thunder on Cocoa Beach : May 18-21 Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix : June 30 – July 2 Michigan City Great Lakes Grand Prix : Aug. 4-6* Sheboygan - Mercury Racing MidWest Challenge : Aug. 11-13 St. Petersburg Powerboat Grand Prix : Sept. 1-3 Miami Powerboat Grand Prix*

*To be confirmed

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Recreational Boating Maintains Momentum Heading into 2023 as Americans Continue Prioritizing Outdoor Recreation in Record Numbers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 10, 2023) – The start of a new year brings the beginning of boat show season for the $170 billion U.S. recreational boating industry and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which represents 85 percent of the country’s recreational boat, marine engine and accessory manufacturers. The recreational boating industry is preparing to welcome an estimated two million Americans to dozens of boat shows between January and March to shop the latest boats as they continue prioritizing outdoor recreation. Boat retailers and manufacturers have historically generated between 30-to-50 percent of their annual sales at boat shows.

Coming off a record year of extraordinary demand in 2021 led to the second highest ranked year in nearly two decades for recreational marine expenditures at $56.7 billion. New powerboat retail unit sales normalized in 2022, down an estimated 15-18 percent, to pre-pandemic growth years (2015-2019) with an estimated 250,000 new units sold, 25 percent above previous averages (2008-2014). Looking ahead to 2023, early indications point to continued healthy demand with new retail unit sales expected to remain on par with 2022.

This momentum comes as Americans demonstrate an ongoing prioritization of a life well-lived, spent enjoying outdoor experiences with family and friends and marine manufacturers continue strategically managing production and inventory pipelines following two years of supply chain bottlenecks. Segments driving growth in 2022 included entry-level boats such as personal watercraft, freshwater aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, as well as pontoon boats that are less than 26 feet.

“Last year was a healthy year for recreational boating with momentum coming off of record sales in 2021 due to continued demand and the fact that supply chain shortages prevented our industry from overproducing like we saw happen in other sectors over the past two years,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA president. “With boat shows fully returning following two years of limited events due to COVID, we’ve already seen encouraging sales reports within certain categories, coupled with consumers continuing to invest in the unique experiences that come from being on the water.”

New data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), released in November, shows the outdoor recreation economy has seen record-breaking years, sustaining remarkable growth despite navigating a post-pandemic environment. In 2021, outdoor recreation generated $862 billion in economic output, accounting for 1.9 percent of U.S. GDP, making it a larger contributor than agriculture, extraction of oil and gas, and mining. Outdoor recreation also supported 4.5 million American jobs. What’s more, recreational boating and fishing are the number one contributor to the near-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy , surpassing RVing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.

With dozens of boat shows being held around the U.S., including Discover Boating®’s 10 show line-up this winter, manufacturers and dealers will unveil the latest product innovations and technologies, offer exclusive promotions and provide immersive boating activities to engage potential first-time boat buyers as well as millions of boaters look to come together during the off season.

“We’ve done extensive research to better understand boaters of today and tomorrow and local boat shows are a consistent favorite given the sense of community they create by bringing together boaters of all interests, access to all local dealers and new boat models in one place, the ability to board and buy boats, shop the newest gear, and be immersed in education and experiences—they take pop-up retail and social meet-ups to the next level,” said Ellen Bradley, senior vice president of marketing and communications for NMMA.

U.S. Recreational Boating by the Numbers

Unless otherwise noted, the following additional data are from the NMMA’s 2021 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract.

  • Annual U.S. sales of boats, marine products and services totaled $56.7 billion in 2021, up 12.7 percent from 2020.
  • It’s not just new boats seeing strong sales; an estimated 1.15 million pre-owned boats were sold in 2021, up 9.2 percent over 2020.
  • The recreational boating industry is an economic driver supporting more than 690,000 American jobs and 35,000 American businesses.
  • Outdoor recreation accounts for 1.9 percent of U.S. GDP, generating $862 billion in gross economic output, of which recreational boating and fishing is the single largest segment with an attributed $50.4 billion, supporting 4.5 million American jobs. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis ).
  • Recreational boating is a uniquely American-made industry: Ninety-five percent of boats sold in the U.S. are made in America.
  • An estimated 100 million Americans go boating each year.
  • Recreational boating isn’t just for the one percent. Sixty-one percent of boat owners have an annual household income of $100,000 or less.
  • Ninety-five percent of boats on the water in the U.S. are less than 26 feet—boats that can be trailered by a vehicle to local waterways.

Leading the nation in sales of new powerboat, engine, trailer and accessories in 2021 were the following states:

  • 1. Florida: $5.4 billion, up 3.7 percent from 2020
  • 2. Texas: $2.4 billion, up 2.6 percent from 2020
  • 3. Michigan: $1.5 billion, up 16.3 percent from 2020
  • 4. North Carolina: $1.24 billion, up 2.8 percent from 2020
  • 5. Minnesota: $1.2 billion, up 13.8 percent from 2020
  • 6. New York: $1.16 billion, up 10.5 percent from 2020
  • 7. California: $1.1 billion, up 17 percent from 2020
  • 8. Wisconsin: $1 billion, up 17 percent from 2020
  • 9. Georgia: $924 million, up 1.9 percent from 2020
  • 10. Alabama: $898 million, up 7.4 percent from 2020

About NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading trade organization for the North American recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, marine accessories and gear used by millions of boaters in North America. The association serves its members and their sales and service networks by improving the business environment for recreational boating including providing domestic and international sales and marketing opportunities, reducing unnecessary government regulation, decreasing the cost of doing business, and helping grow boating participation. As the largest producer of boat and sport shows in the U.S., NMMA connects the recreational boating industry with the boating consumer year-round. Learn more at www.nmma.org and get engaged with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Powerboat P1 Inks MAV TV For Live Class 1 Coverage

Thanks to a new two-year deal between Powerboat P1 and MAVTV , there are two ways fans can enjoy live Class 1 World Championships Series racing—starting this Sunday with the series season-opener in Cocoa Beach. Fla. Fans of Union Internationale Motonautique -sanctioned Class 1 action will be able to catch it on the MAVTV television channel, as well as on Powerboat P1’s own livestream coverage on its Facebook page.

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Every race in the UIM Class 1 World Championship Series will have its own live one-hour show on MAVTV. Photo courtesy Brad DiMaggio copyright Scrapyard Media

Each live one-hour Class 1 MAVTV show will be broadcast nationally.

Well-known in motorsports-broadcasting circles, Ken Stout will be the MAVTV Class 1 show’s principal host. Stout will work alongside former Miss GEICO driver Marc Granet, a multi-time world champion. In 2023, Granet was a member of the Powerboat P1 livestream team of former offshore racer Mike Yowaiski and speedonthewater.com co-publisher Matt Trulio, who are returning to the P1 livestream broadcast team.

Granet is looking forward to working in the booth this weekend in Cocoa Beach.

“Offshore racing deserves its place on live national television,” Granet said. “All the classes deserve it, but Class 1 is the pinnacle to showcase the incredible performance and awesome racing that we have. I’m going to try to bring my knowledge of what’s happening inside the cockpit on the course to the show.”

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Former Miss GEICO driver Marc Granet will delver an insider’s perspective to the MAVTV Class 1 broadcast. Photo courtesy/copyright Andy Newman

As it has in previous seasons, livestream Powerboat P1 coverage will still include Class 1, Super Cat, Super Stock, 450R Factory Stock and Mod V Classes, as well as some of the Bracket-class action in the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series.

Powerboat P1 Azam Rangoonwala said he sees the two-year deal with MAVTV as year another means to bring fans closer to the sport.

“It’s clear that millions of fans around the world are loving the dramatic, exhilarating action and diverse marine motorsport offering and our new agreement with MAVTV incorporating live coverage will significantly enhance our broadcast package,” he explained in a press release issued by Powerboat P1 this morning. “By growing the U.S. and international television audiences and attracting new teams and fans to the sport, P1 is delivering considerable value to host venues, race teams, sponsors and partners.”

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