Class I racing returns to Russia after nine years

The International Offshore Team Association (IOTA) have added an eighth race for the 2008 Class I offshore season, confirming that the City of Moscow will host the Russian Grand Prix on July 6. It will be the third round of this year’s World Class 1 Championship and marks the return of Class I racing to Russian waters for the first time in nine years.

“This is a significant event for the championship and we are delighted to have reached this agreement with Mr Anton Dolotin, President of Moscow’s Royal Yacht Club and to be allowed to run our race inside Russia’s capital, the largest City in Europe.” said IOTA General Secretary, Marco Sala. “We also expect this five-year agreement with the City of Moscow to increase the level of activities surrounding the sport in general and sincerely hope this will encourage the creation of a Russian Class 1 Team”.

The first Moscow Class 1 Powerboat Grand Prix in July will take place on the Khimki Reservoir. This is one of three artificial lakes forming part of the Moscow Canal system built in 1937 to link the Moscow and Volga Rivers and the only lake to lie within Moscow’s city limits.