The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) - the world authority for powerboat sport - have introduced new safety rules for 2002

In order to improve safety for the international Formula I series, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) – the world authority for powerboat sport – have introduced the following rules for 2002.

The minimum weight of craft will be an increased by five per cent. To extend the length of the starting pontoon in order to give more space between boats in the line-up and to increase the angle between the pole position and the first turning buoy.

If the additional pontoon length or an improved angle of the first turning marker cannot be applied, the UIM Commissioner attending is now authorised to alter the arrangement in favour of a rolling start.

Formula I promoter, Italian Nicolo di San Germano, declared, “Our high speed sport is most spectacular and for this reason the search for improvements in safety is a never ending story. We hope with these measures to have further reduced the risks for drivers.

These improvements will require additional efforts from the local organisers but I am confident that everyone will be co-operative in this common effort to improve safety in our sport.”