Over the weekend F1 H2O World Championship for power boating was held in Ukraine for the first time. The event lasted for the three sunny days at the Kyiv Sea and gathered about 60 000 visitors. The teams from China, Italy, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. tested Ukrainian waters for the first time in the history of power boating sport.
The competetition was held under the auspices of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. The unprecedented status of the event was proved by the extensive number of show-goers. They didn’t mind spending their time getting through roads congested with traffic to get to Vyshgorod [Kyiv oblast – ed.] where the competition took place. The entry was free of charge which naturally guaranteed an increased public interest to the event.
The driver from Team Abu Dhabi Ahmed Al Hameli started off in the pole position due to being the fastest qualifier and finished the race winning the Grand Prix of Ukraine. While receiving the award at the press conference after the race Mr. Hameli did not hide the excitement of his achievement and generously complimented the Ukrainian capital: “I am very happy. And I think it’s a happy place for me. Kyiv. I love Kyiv.”
An American Jay Price of Team Qatar took the second place at the Ukrainian Championship. He started his career in sports as racecar driver but immersed himself into power boating race because of the opportunity to practice almost everywhere. “I used to race cars and I used to race motorcycles when I was younger. And I could not practice without course, with the boat I was able to practice anywhere where there was water,” said Jay.