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P1 Scottish Grand Prix is a Roaring Success

More than 30,000 people revelled in the high octaine thrills of the Powerboat Grand Prix of the Sea races at the weekend in Greenock, Inverclyde. For the second year running the high-powered global P1 event roared to life off the Esplanade as crowds flocked to the waterfront on both Saturday and Sunday.  

Councillor Stephen McCabe, Leader of Inverclyde Council, who presented prizes on the race podium said:

"The event was an undoubted success. The P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the sea event has it all. For powerboat and racing enthusiasts there were thrills and excitement from the on water championship level racing. On shore, families could enjoy fun activities and events, while foodies had a great choice of local and Scottish fayre at the food and drink villages. The fascinating history of Inverclyde and Scotland was on show as part of the year of history, heritage and archeology."

"Our strong maritime heritage was reflected in music, displays and film across the Esplanade Showcase. The event was the first in the country to have Archaeology Scotland's mobile museum in attendance with its hands-on activities and artifacts to explore as well as the chance to dig into Scotland through minecraft. It proved to be very popular and I'm sure will be welcomed across the rest of Scotland when it visits. Thanks to all of the teams involved in the weekend and the planning which leads up to it especially P1, the council officers and our co-hosts at Riverside Inverclyde."

"I'd like to pay a particular thanks to our emergency, security and medical services. They worked hard with us to make sure the event was safe for all visitors and competitors without compromising in any way on the fun and excitement. Thanks are also due to the residents of the Esplanade and surrounding streets. Any event of this scale will always cause disruption and they have been very welcoming and patient especially with the additional security details which were necessary this year. Our partners at Event Scotland promote Scotland as the perfect stage. I hope the second year of the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea further showed that Inverclyde is the perfect stage for maritime leisure events in Scotland."

 "I'd like to thank the P1 staff and the powerboat, AquaX and water ski competitors for making it a great weekend and wish them well for the remaining championships in Wales and England in the rest of the 2017 season."