On Wednesday 7th November 2018, Fujairah International Marine Club held a press conference announcing the forthcoming UIM Formula Future World Championship to be held on 14-17 November 2018 in Fujairah-UAE.

The press conference was held in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi and Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim Al Blooshi, UAE Marine Sports Federation Vice President and Managing Director of Fujairah International Marine Club.

“We are delighted that the championship is coming this year for the first time in the history of the Middle-East in Fujairah-UAE and thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, for his unlimited support and we praise Sheikh Saif bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, FIMC chairman for his prominent and effective role within the FIMC team.” Stated Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim Al Blooshi.

“Formula Future is a fantastic way of showcasing the young powerboating talent all over the world. We are looking forward to what promises to be a very exciting and close fought weekend of racing.”

Hosted by FIMC under the umbrella of the UAE Marine Sport Federation and the supervision of the UIM, the 2018 UIM Formula Future World Championship we will see some 91 competitors aged 6 to 18 years, coming from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Russia compete in manoeuvring and slalom disciplines and racing against the clock in five different classes, with a maximum of two competitors per age group:

  • Dolphin Class: (Dolphin Cup) 6-7 years

  • Class1: 8-9 years

  • Class 2: 10-11 years

  • Class 3: 12-13 years

  • Class 4: 14-15 years

  • Class 5: 16-18 years

Classes one to three compete in tiller steered Ribs of a maximum of 3.6m with a maximum engine power of 8hp (two-stroke), whilst classes four to five compete in a RIB, powered by an outboard engine with a minimum power of 10hp and a maximum power of 15hp. For these classes the boat will have a steering wheel, and jockey seat for the driver with the speed lever on the starboard/right side and a kill-switch. These boats have been provided specifically for the event.
Each class will compete in three stages of the competition and will have two attempts at each stage.

  • Stage One: Free Practice

  • Stage Two: Manoeuvring – each class will have a different course to complete and all competitors will need to demonstrate their knot tying skills completing a bowline, reef knot, clove hitch and half hitch in the allocated time of 60 seconds. Classes four and five will also have to complete a man overboard manoeuvre during this section.

  • Stage Three: Parallel slalom

Points are awarded based on the time of each competitor with time penalties added for breach of rules and regulations.

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