The UIM F1H2O World Championship is the premier international competition for single-seat coastal water motorboat racing.

The tournament is adventurous, competitive, highly challenging, bringing exciting entertainment. The F1H2O World Championship is the ultimate adrenaline rush, considered one of the most spectacular and exciting sports in the world.

Each competition attracts 20 of the world’s top riders and is considered the most worth-watching sport of high-caliber quality. With compact hull catamarans running into very tight turns and corners at speeds of over 145 km/h and reaching a top speed of 225 km/h on a straight line.

Actual images at the race area of 18 to 20 sleek, strong and compact catamarans lined up on the starting pontoon. Inside each cockpit there is only one seat with a direct view through the small windshield right in front. With one hand gripping the steering wheel, the other hand on the start button. Tension inside the cockpit increased as the athletes awaited the crucial start. Outside the cockpit, everything was silent, an atmosphere of anticipation covered the entire competition area, all attention was focused on each motorboat.

Extreme speed with very fast time for each super speed boat to reach the limit of 10,000 horsepower and pass the first turn. The audience roared with excitement, leaving behind white foam.


36 years have passed with nearly 4 decades of organizing the world championship. Witness many significant changes and developments. In the 70s and 80s of the last century, there were many big brands wanting to participate and the two giant sports corporations OMC and Mercury competed fiercely to own this high-caliber sport.

OMC introduces a 3.5-liter V8 engine called the Oz. The Mercury promotes a 2.0-liter engine and is called the ON. The huge difference in strength and speed has created fierce controversy and internal division.

Deep disagreement occurred in 1981, FONDA was founded running the ON engine with the PRO ONE running series. OMC chose to run the OZ engine. Both competing champions, both claimed to own the world championship. Disputes continue to take place, leading to appeals to the UIM sports governing body. At the end of 1981, the UIM awarded the award to OZ.

1984 saw another decisive turning point as safety became a major concern with the development of large engines and the increasing power of V8 engines. It caused extremely serious consequences, signaling the gradual end to the collapse of OZ internationally and officially ending in 1986.

Great opportunities begin to open up for FONDA World Grand Prix to comprehensively restructure. From 1987 to 1989, no official UIM world championships were held. Until 1990, the FONDA World Grand Prix Series became the UIM F1H2O world championship. The tournament organizers have used a 2.0 liter Mercury engine. In 2000, the 2.5 liter engine was officially used and continues to this day.


Over 38 years, the sport of inshore motorboat racing has organized 295 Grand Prix events in 33 countries around the globe. With 15 drivers having won world titles, 48 became members of the prestigious Grand Prix winners’ club.

Among the 15 world champions, there are 8 athletes who won prestigious titles. In Italy, Guido Cappelline won the most medals among the 10 athletes. Italian Alex Carella, American Scott Gillman, French Philippe, Italian Renato, American Shaun Torrente, Finnish Sami Selio and British Jonathan Jones.

All F1H2O power catamarans in competition today have similar lines to those that competed in the 1980s. But there are huge differences in terms of protection and safety improvements. High.

The first boats were made from thin plywood with the driver sitting in an open cockpit. The driver and racers were not protected by an external hull with a high risk of injury in the event of an accident. problem.

With safety at the forefront of boat development, British designer and racer Chris Hodges set out to improve the situation and create a safe cockpit manufactured from extremely durable composite materials. sure.

Instead of the cockpit being part of the main structure, the Hodges capsule is separate and built into the hull and center section.

For the first time, drivers were actually strapped into their seats. The idea is that when the boat has an accident, the wooden shell can break and absorb the impact while the driver is still well protected inside his cockpit.


In the late 1990s, further developments saw the introduction of cockpit airbags that could inflate on impact to ensure the engine compartment did not sink before rescue crews could arrive.

Over the years, boat construction has evolved and today boats are rarely built of wood but are replaced by modern synthetic materials.

In 2023, 10 teams and 20 drivers from 12 countries will compete at Grand Prix in Europe, the Middle East and Asia for the prestigious World title, the prestigious number 1 plate will be won by the reigning champion. World champion Shaun Torrente drives for the Abu Dhabi team.


The International Powerboat Racing Federation (UIM) is the world governing body for all activities of powerboat racing. Has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has full member status of the International Association of Sports Federations. The UIM President is also the president of two Arisf and Sport Acord awards, recognized by the IOC. There are nearly 60 national federations affiliated with the UIM, and Aquabike is one of the important officially organized races. UIM has signed a cooperation agreement program with UNEP, the United Nations environmental protection agency, to promote and strengthen initiatives and share professional knowledge in the field of environmental protection.

President: Dr. Raffaele Chiulli

Secretary General: Sir Thomas Kurth


The media organization program and promotion plan for the UIM F1H2O world championship races, the UIM – ABP A quakibe world intercontinental race, and the UIM H2O international professional tournament, are all exclusively copyrighted. .

The company has full ownership of the worldwide commercial and television rights for all championships. Responsible for the entire organization for all commercial, marketing, television and media activities.

Director: Nicolo di San Germano.


The F1H2o World Championship is the premier race in single-seat inshore speedboat racing and was recognized by the UIM in 1981.

A Grand Prix series of eight main events taking place in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The number of points achieved in each Grand Prix race by athletes will be counted in the world championship rankings.

In addition to the World Championship, the race scorebook will also be allocated to the BRM Team and Pole Position Championships as well as the Fast Lap Cup.

The three-tier qualifying competition takes place in a total time of 60 minutes, the multi-round Grand Prix takes place in a minimum time of 45 minutes, not allowed to exceed 60 minutes.

In 2023, 10 teams, 20 riders from 12 countries along with technicians and support staff will compete fiercely for the coveted World title.



Documentation and registration
Technical supervision
Athlete Instructions (mandatory for all crew leaders, athletes and radio operators of each ship)
Practice for free
The boat and racing equipment (including the operator’s racing equipment) must be in the pit for 24 hours before the start of technical inspection

Athlete Instructions (mandatory for all crew leaders, athletes and radio operators of each ship)
Each ship is free to conduct exercises
Official qualifying round
Presentation podium

Athlete Instructions (mandatory for all crew leaders, athletes and radio operators of each ship)
Each ship is free to conduct exercises
Parade ring
F1H2O Grand Prix – Duration no more than 60 minutes
Presentation podium


The pole position and starting lineup are determined by a three-tier qualifying session, Q1, Q2 and Q3, before each Grand Prix race. Modern timing equipment records each boat’s performance to determine the final ranking and starting position.

Questions 1:

A session lasts 20 minutes with all boats entitled to multiple laps at any time during the session, with the 12 fastest boats advancing to Q2. The times set by those who did not qualify for Q2 represent their starting positions.

Question 2:

After a seven-minute break, the time will be reset and the remaining 12 boats will run a fifteen-minute session – again, they can complete as many laps as they like at any time during that period of time. At the end of the race, the six fastest boats advance to Q3. The times set by those who did not qualify for Q3 represent their starting positions.

Question 3:

The times are reset and the top six boats in Q2 will run together for 10 minutes and their finishing order will determine their starting positions.

If an athlete is deemed by the organizers to have stopped unnecessarily on the track or obstructed other athletes during qualifying, that athlete’s time may be forfeited. cancel.

No refueling is allowed during the test.


Each lap is different in size but is usually around 2000 meters in distance. Each circuit has at least one long straight and some tight turns, mostly left turns and one or two right turns.

The turns generate up to 4.5 G-forces for the driver, which means his weight increases 4.5 times when he turns the car at speeds of more than 100 mph.


Water is an unstable, constantly changing surface and conditions play a major role in the outcome of each Grand Prix.

With different current and wind conditions on each lap and water spraying continuously on the small dashboard screen, operators are often blind as they sail at top speed, just inches from their opponents.

In the event that the tank capsizes (overturns), the mandatory airbag installed above the operator’s head will inflate upon contact with water. This allows the cockpit to remain above water until rescuers arrive.

All driver curtain systems have a self-contained air supply installed inside the compartment as an additional safety feature.


Each entry must have an electronic clock and lighting equipment.
Compliance is required for supervisory clearance.
Light signals are used according to these rules to designate specific times or to guide operators.
Lights and their functional purposes are as follows:

Reduce speed to maximum 3000 rpm – be extremely cautious on the track – maintain current position – do not overtake – follow boat speed

The race stops, slows down immediately and returns to the starting dock, identical to the actual black flag.

WHITE and BLUE caution flags:
Rescue boats must have priority first. Violations by athletes, if left to complaints from lifeguards, will be fined.
Boats that break down and are towed into the infield or away from the race area will only be towed to the trailer or starting dock under race stop conditions and if a pick-up boat is available.
During time trials and races, a member of the racing team must be present at all times at the signaling area and maintain radio contact with his driver during free practice, performance testing hours and races.

POINT SYSTEM20 Point1st     
15 Point2nd     
12 Point3rd     
09 Point4th     
07 Point5th     
05 Point6th     
04 Point7th     
03 Point8th     
02 Point9th     
01 Point10th     

Each team consists of 1 manager, 2 athletes, 1 mechanic, 1 radio coordinator, 1 technical coordinator and is equipped with infrastructure such as a trailer workshop and welcome stands.

Each team must prepare 2 catamarans equipped with 2.5 liter engines and compete in 8 to 10 Grand Prix events in a season.

RACING BOATImagine that: up to 20 lightweight, 17-foot carbon fiber catamarans moving around the track at speeds of up to 220 km/h (130 mph); All boats are equipped with highly tuned V6 outboards, each generating 400 horsepower at nearly 10,000 rpm; and each motorboat boasts an excellent power-to-weight ratio and weighs around 500 kg.


HUSBAND: Twin plate, tunnel hull catamaran

MANUFACTURER: BABA, Blaze, DAC, GTR, Molgaard, Moore, Victory

BODY MATERIAL:nomex Carbon fiber, Kevlar, synthetic fiber, airex & nomex

LENGTH: 5.10 meters

WIDTH: 2.1 meters

WEIGHT: 550 kg (including residual fuel and oil), rider with personal equipment, but excluding liquid water, approximately 380 kg (excluding rider and engine)

FUEL TANK: Constructed from carbon, built to hold approximately 120 liters

ENGINE: Mercury or equivalent 6-cylinder 2-stroke outboard motor

ENGINE CAPACITY: 2.5 liters to maximum 3 liters

STEERING SYSTEM: Cable with electronic power assist, opening ratio according to driver’s preference

GEAR: Fixed ratio direct drive

PROPELLER: Because the gearbox has a fixed ratio, diameter and pitch vary from 10.5 x 16 inches or more (depending on circuit length). CNC machined forged stainless steel alloy

HORSE POWER: About 400 HP @ 10,000 rpm

MAX SPEED: Over 220 km/h (136 mph)

ACCELERATION: 0-100 km/h (60 mph) in about 3 seconds

TRAIN CONTROL: Hydraulic ram system controls engine angle and height operated by a series of switches on the steering wheel, dashboard and footpegs. The accelerator pedal controls engine power

SAFETY FEATURES: Cockpit is made of composite material, crash box is made of energy-absorbing foam. HANS head and neck support, airbags, polycarbonate nine-millimeter screen and deformable front areas to prevent intrusion in the event of an accident. Life support systems, air tanks and helmet-mounted regulator valves are used if the boat capsizes and the driver cannot exit the cockpit before the boat and rescue team arrive. Inside the cockpit, the driver is seated in a carbon hybrid molded seat with a 5-point harness and a removable steering wheel for easy entry and exit. The cockpit canopy is latched in the closed position for maximum protection against water pressure


The Osprey motorboat rescue team includes 6 specialized ambulance boats, providing all rescue services throughout the race. There are always two boats on duty continuously to handle rescue tasks during the UIM F1H2O world championship race.

There are 4 well-trained and professional crew members operating each ambulance boat
2 highly specialized rescue divers;
1 boat driver with technical experience;
1 radio operator, signaling rescue;
Every member of the rescue team has undergone rigorous, highly specialized training and possesses a standard first aid certificate.
All team members are required to wear rolling gear to ensure flexibility in handling training situations that occur.


Ambulance medical equipment carried on the rescue boat:
2 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus;
1 frame to maintain balance in case the racing boat capsizes;
1 set of airbags to prevent the racing boat from sinking in case of severe damage;
1 fire extinguisher;
1 spinal plate and stabilization block;
1 set of oxygen;
1 radio station to communicate with the shore medical team and leaders;
1 comprehensive medical kit including specialized trauma and resuscitation equipment, details below:

To control catastrophic bleeding
– CAT tourniquet
– The sponge helps to quickly stop bleeding
– 6″ hemostatic bandage

To control the airway using spinal control
– Suction – handheld with spare nozzle
– Nasopharyngeal respiratory tract – size 24 (children) & 28 (adults)
– Gel size 4 adults (50-90Kg) size 3 (30-60Kg) – each gel pack

To control breathing
– Non-rebreather oxygen mask x2
– First aid kit, connector & mask

To control circulation
– Catheters x2, adhesive tape, infusion set, intravenous fluid – Saline 1000, Gelofusin 500
– General and protective kit: gloves, wound dressing packs x2, hair scissors, stethoscope, saline eye wash, foil blanket, triangular bandage, safety pin, light bandage x2

 At each event the team brings:
Training equipment intended to train and test the operator to escape the cockpit when upside down.
An air compressor to refill diving air tanks and emergency air tanks for the operator is carried on the racing boat.
Generator to provide electricity.
Global positioning system to ensure the racing area is arranged accurately and according to specifications.