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Formula 1 Powerboat Ambassadors Give Back Through Pilot Education Program

Following an exciting weekend of racing to close out the Formula 1 Powerboat Championship a few weeks ago in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where Rusty Wyatt took home the event victory and Spencer Love earned the 2021 series championship, several officials, drivers, crewmembers and more joined series managing director and veteran tunnel-boat racer Tim Seebold for a pilot program to educate youth in the cities the series visits for races.

Tim Seebold, the managing director of the Formula 1 Powerboat Championship series, helped lead the Kids on the Colorado River Education Program – Racing Edition at a middle school in Lake Havasu City. Photos courtesy Formula 1 Powerboat Championship

After the final checkered flags from the Anderson Toyota Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships were handed out, the group embarked on a two-and-a-half-hour introduction to Formula 1 boat racing and its rich history with the city of Lake Havasu at the Thunderbolt Middle School. On Monday, Oct. 17, 450 seventh grade students received a special treat when the professional powerboaters brought F1 boats, safety gear, driving equipment and more as visual aids to assist in educating the kids in what Seebold called a “historic pilot program” as part of the Kids on the Colorado River Education Program – Racing Edition.

Sponsored in part by Mercury Racing, the Kids on the Colorado River Education Program – Racing Edition began with an assembly greeting in the auditorium for a brief program overview and history summary of Lake Havasu City and outboard powerboat racing before dispersing into five unique educational pods for an in-depth look into racing’s inner workings. Seebold said classes were hosted both indoors and outdoors as students spent approximately 10 minutes learning and asking questions at each educational station before moving on to the next topic.

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Check out the slideshow above for more images from the educational program.

Some of the topics covered included boat and engine equipment and functions, driving techniques, safety equipment and rescue practices, race management processes from teams to officials, and the variety of team aspects that go into working together to accomplish a unified goal.

Seebold said the Formula 1 Powerboat Championship participation in the educational program is due to the long history of outboard powerboat racing in the city’s early years of development. Spectators from around the globe would come to the shores of Lake Havasu to watch the high-performance boats race on the original legendary kidney-shaped course, the only right hand turn on the planet.

He added that the race portion of this educational program is expected to travel to several other cities around the country next year, allowing students to learn about everything from the racing to the career opportunities associated with the industry.

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