One of Thanet's major summer events is expanding this year to include a new spectator sport in its line up, which is set to feature world champions.
The Ramsgate Powerboat Grand Prixwill this year also feature waterskiing. The event, already one of the biggest events in the national powerboat racing calendar, will take place over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July and will see the return of the popular closed canopy V24 boats, which can get up to speeds of 80 miles an hour. They will be joined by offshore powerboats, K class racing for youngsters and Hotboats, a new addition to this year's line up. The Hotboat classes have been designed to allow the larger, more powerful craft to take part in racing, some of them exotic one of a kind creations.
More than 20 ski boats are also expected to take to the water with world champion waterskier Kim Lumley and her boat "Under Pressure" heading a star-studded lineup of competitors. Men's European F1 silver medalist Karl Brooks, from Essex, with his boat "No Mercy" will also be competing. They are both currently competing in the world championships in New Zealand.
Land based entertainment will include a continental market, street entertainers, bands, with a firework display as the finale on the Saturday evening.
The Ramsgate Powerboat and Waterski Racing Grand Prix will start at 10am on both days, finishing at 11pm on Saturday 7th July and at 6pm on Sunday 8th July. For more information, contact the Ramsgate Royal Harbour Marina on 01843 572100.