22 June 2017
Start your engines for the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea
The Coleman siblings in action. by Port of Milford Haven
There are high-octane thrills and spills as this brilliant boat race makes its debut at Milford Haven Marina 15–16 July 2017.
Following three years in Cardiff bay, the race’s move to Milford Haven’s busy waterfront promises plenty of fresh excitement for spectators and competitors alike. It’s also a wonderful warm up for our national Year of the Sea, a salty celebration of all things Welsh and watery, which kicks off in 2018.
The thriving port of Milford Haven sees its fair share of boats, but they aren’t usually blasting along at speeds of 70mph. It’s a fast and furious battle as pilots navigate a twisting aquatic racetrack in their super-charged sea vessels. Best of all, the course is laid out as close to the shore as possible. If you were any nearer to the action, you’d get wet feet.
There are even some local heroes to cheer for. Milford Waterfront has its very own sponsored boat, taking the place of the Visit Wales boat which competed in previous seasons. In addition, Pembrokeshire siblings Daisy and Sam Coleman of the Pertemps Network team will be hoping for strong home support when they take to the water.
They’re the reigning UK P1 champions and the only team to manage a podium finish at every event during the 2016 season. A win in front of the home crowd would be a big boost to their 2017 championship chances. No pressure then.
Daisy and Sam Coleman at Milford Haven Marina by Port of Milford Haven
Alongside the P1 power boat racing, there’s the P1 AquaX Series, fun and frantic jet ski racing featuring a cast of pro and amateur riders, plus high flying jet ski freestyle displays from stunt champions Lee Stone and Jason Bleasdale.
The aquatic action is rounded off with the acrobatic antics of champion flyboarder Sonnie Bean (think a kind of water-powered jet-pack), who’ll be wowing the crowd with his head-spinning repertoire of flips and tricks.
There’s plenty happening on dry land too. The race village on Milford Waterfront will be fully-stocked with stalls offering handmade gifts and the best food and drink West Wales has to offer.
A mouthwatering menu of independent producers will be on hand, serving up everything from locally-made ice cream to sizzling slices of New York-style pizza. It all adds up to an event that you won’t want to miss.
Need to know
The P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea takes place at Milford Haven 15–16 July. You’ll need to book your tickets in advance, so head to the Milford Waterfront website to reserve your place for one of the year’s most thrilling sporting events.
The P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea is just one of a packed programme of festivals and events taking place across Wales over the summer. Head to What’s on Wales to find out what else is happening.