Full-throttle powerboat racing could be stirring up the waters in St George’s, giving the old town an excitement factor never seen in Bermuda before. *File photo by Ras Mykkal
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15: Full-throttle racing could be stirring up the waters in St George’s, giving the old town an excitement factor never seen in Bermuda before.
Karl Outerbridge, president of Outside The Box Thinking, is hopeful of bringing a Class 1 World Championship powerboat race to Bermuda.
Outerbridge has been working on the idea for several years now, but has recently held meetings with the Department of Tourism to help pull this off for 2013.
Outerbridge is seeking to make the Bermuda race an annual event on the US Memorial day weekend starting in 2013.
H20 Racing, the sport’s promoter has given Outerbridge permission to organize and stage a Bermuda race.
Teams from Italy, UAE and Norway, who race in five-ton boats, dominate the sport.
His proposed course would see the boats race in St George’s Harbour then out and down the shore to Fort St Catherine and back.
Outerbridge said: “This will be good for Bermuda for the marketing on the island.”
He estimate a worldwide television audience for this event to be at a half billion people.
He said Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert is on board “and actually trying to make this a reality even if it’s just doing something in principle.”
Outerbridge said the major hurdle going forward is getting Government fully on board with a signed document so he can show sponsors this is not a pipe dream.
Outerbridge said he got behind this idea about seven years ago and loved the idea of powerboat racing.
“I started doing some research on some events that would be good for Bermuda internationally, and ended up making contact with Class 1.”