Full championship powerboat racing returns to Irish waters for 2012 right in the heart of Limerick City with round 1 of the P750 Championship. While the boats have been seen in the city before, this will be the first time a round of the Powerboat National Championships will have taken place here, and it takes the role of the centrepiece attraction for the Sunday afternoon of the Limerick Riverfest. Members of the Irish P750 Class Association have been working closely with all of the stakeholders in Limerick to ensure a great afternoon of top-class racing and entertainment for both the crews and spectators.
The course has been specially designed to suit the space available, and to ensure a strong spectacle it's being run as a 'circuit course'. This hugely reduces the chances of each race becoming a procession as it means each crew will have to include 2 'equaliser laps' during their 9 lap race. The equaliser laps involve the addition of an extra racing mark which makes these laps longer, meaning the crews have to work hard on their strategy to decide when's the best time to 'go long'. It makes the racing more unpredicatable, and that makes things a lot more exciting.
Limerick Riverfest itself has become a major event over the past number of years, drawing tens of thousands of people in from both the immediate and surrounding areas to celebrate this great city. Running from the 4th to the 7th of May, they've crammed loads of great activities in for all ages, including fireworks, a giant bbq, live music, the Great Limerick Run, a Continental Fair, Live Theatre, and much more.