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The UIM F2 World Powerboat Championship is back to the Douro River!

The F2 World Powerboat Championship returns to Portugal on September 13th, 14th and 15th of 2019, with the penultimate stage of the season being organized at the Albufeira da Pala, in Ribadouro, Baião.

The 2019 World Championship kicked off on the 26th of May in Lithuania, with later passes in Italy and Norway, arriving in Portugal on the above dates and will have its epilogue in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on the 6st of December.

The event is organized by the Nautical Club of Ribadouro and by the Municipality of Baião, under the aegis of UIM – Union Internationale Motonautique and the Portuguese Motorboat Federation.

Although with direct transmission by RTP, allowing the images of the “paradisiacal” Albufeira of Pala, in Ribadouro, Baião to reach the “Four Corners of the World”, it is in the place that one feels the extraordinary power of these small Catamarans, combined with the expertise and the fabulous driving ability of the best pilots in the world today, bring to the crowd the crowd that watches from the surrounding banks.

With the support of Turismo de Portugal, Turismo do Porto and North of Portugal, IPDJ – Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, APDL – Administration of Douro Ports, Leixões and Viana do Castelo, Union of Parishes of Ancede and Ribadouro, also counts on the sponsorship of several private companies.

F2 POWERBOATS


Type: Catamaran
Minimum length: 4,9 m
Minimum weight (including driver): 550 kg
Engine: 2,5 L Fuel injection, with 200 hp
Speed: 190 km/h (top speed)
0-100 km/h: 5 sec
G Force: 4,5 G

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN CIRCUIT


For the first time, 20 BOATS IN THE FINAL RACE!
Teams and Pilots from 4 CONTINENTS:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • North America
  • Oceania (Australia)

On the River Douro

The Race Circuit

At the track drawn over the Douro River waters, with about 1,800 meters of perimeter, it has the longest line of the circuit, with 672 meters, drawn along the right bank (Pala-Ribadouro side), allowing Pilots and their engines to reach the top speed of 190 kms/hour, where riders need to find the balance between the speed limit and the ability to remain only with the boat “heels”, the engine column and its propeller in contact with the water, without subjecting themselves to a “dramatic” and dangerous flight!

With 4 buoys to the left (Orange) and 1 buoy to the right (Yellow), the track registers “four points” where the contour of the buoys reaches 4.5 of “Force G”, that is, the most violent recorded in any sport on the surface of the Earth Globe.

Considering the small “Cockpit” of reduced visibility, the lack of brakes, the very tight surcharges, the lightness of the F2 “machines” (only 550 kgs with the driver included), the expertise and the driving ability are extreme difficulty and provide a unique spectacle not to be missed by anyone!

Baião

The Race Location

The F2 World Powerboat Championship event will thus be held in a privileged natural space and with excellent conditions for the practice of this sport.

In addition to the natural beauty conditions and facilities, there are also the following tourist services available in Baião and in the Douro Valley:

  • 4 and 5 Star Hotels
  • Rural and Environmental Tourism Spaces
  • Various Points of Interest

Baião is recognized and also known as a destination for the practice of ecotourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism and sports tourism, valuing its immense landscape potential, human and natural assets, as well making the most of of its great scenic potential.

Photographs

World Championship 2018

Packages

Bronze Package

  • 2 Advertising billboards on the shore, measuring 1.2 – 2 m x 6 m
  • 10 Advertising banners
  • 10 VIP Passes with access to the Paddock and Terrace of the Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa (Saturday and Sunday)

€1000

Silver Package

  • 5 Advertising billboards on the riverbanks, measuring 1.2 – 2 m x 6 m
  • 30 Advertising banners
  • 30 VIP Passes with access to the Paddock and Terrace of the Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa (Saturday and Sunday)

€2500

Gold Package

  • 2 Advertising billboards measuring 1.2 – 2 m x 6 m on the Starting Pontoon
  • 10 Advertising billboards on the riverbanks, measuring 1.2 – 2 m x 6 m
  • 50 Advertising banners
  • 50 VIP Passes with access to the Paddock and Terrace of the Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa (Saturday and Sunday)
  • 3 Stickers measuring 10 cm x 30 cm on 5 competing boats
  • Sponsor banner and appearance on an Official Boat of the Parade Lap

€5000

Platinum Package

  • 2 Advertising spaces on the podium
  • 4 Advertising billboards measuring 1.2 – 2 m x 6 m on the Starting Pontoon
  • 20 Advertising billboards on the riverbanks, measuring 1.2 – 2 m x 6 m
  • 50 Advertising banners
  • 50 VIP Passes with access to the Paddock and Terrace of the Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa (Saturday and Sunday)
  • 6 double rooms in the Hotel Douro Palace Resort & Spa for the Friday and Saturday nights
  • 12 Invitations to the Official Welcome Dinner on Friday
  • 5 Stickers measuring 10 cm x 30 cm on 5 competing boats
  • Sponsor banner and appearance on an Official Boat of the Parade Lap

€10000

Contact

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cnribadouro@gmail.com

Clube Náutico Ribadouro
Pala-Ribadouro
4640-400 Baião
Portugal

On the Douro River

World Powerboat Championship 2019