According to today’s press release from promoter and organizer H2O Racing, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and Qingdao, China, are the newest additions on a proposed eight-race calendar for the 2019 Union Internationale F1 H2O World Powerboat Championship.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Thani Al-Qemzi and the rest of the F1 H2O World Championship fleet have an eight-race schedule on the calendar this season, including stops in Saudi Arabia, China, Portugal, UAE, India and France (above). Photo courtesy H2O Racing
The championship is set to launch its 36th season in Dammam on March 28-30, marking a return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time since the series’ only previous visit in 2004 when Sunset Beach hosted the event.
Qingdao makes its series debut in October and will be the 12th city in the People’s Republic to host a round of the championship.
The European phase of the season will be played out on the Arade River in Portimao, Portugal, and on Lac Leman in Evian, France, in May and July before the UIM F1 H2O tour heads to China and then returns to Amaravati in India in November.
The 2019 season finale is going to be held in the United Arab Emirates in December when Sharjah hosts its 21st Grand Prix, with H2O Racing set to announce the venues for a round in September and an additional round in December in the coming weeks.
Tentative 2019 UIM F1 H2O World Championship Schedule
March 28-30 – Dammam, Saudi Arabia
May 17-19 – Portimao, Portugal
July 5-7 – Evian, France
September 27-29 – TBA
October 11-13 – Qingdao, China
November 15-17 – Amaravati, India
December 5-7 – TBA
December 18-21 – Sharjah, UAE