Below is an article by Adrian Holloway of The Independent on the 1993 Cardiff Docks Races.
Powerboat Racing: Werner prevails after Jones the boat becomes unplugged: German controls restarted Formula One battle as Welsh favourite fails in first grand prix in Britain for three years
ADRIAN HOLLOWAY in Cardiff
The Independent Monday, 12 July 1993
IMAGINE Formula One cars racing over corrugated iron, doing the occasional backward somersault. This was the scene here yesterday as grand prix powerboat racing returned to Britain after an absence of three years.
The boats are designed like low-
Unlike cars and planes, these powerboats can only turn left. They race around two buoys a mile apart. Each lap takes only 30 seconds and the race is over in 45 minutes, but the lead regularly changes hands.
More than 40,000 watched the weekend's racing at the city's docks. However, inshore powerboat racing tends to be overshadowed by the offshore version, in which 40ft monsters ride the open seas.
The offshore circuit is renowned for its wealthy backers and lavish social life. The inshore set-
The area around the buoys soon became the scene of much 'barrow-
Another former world champion, Jonathan Jones, was the centre of attention yesterday. Once the Formula Three and Formula Four preliminaries were over, the Welshman shot up the grand prix field of 15 catamarans from the start.
On this occasion, though, the local favourite failed to deliver. A spark plug blew and Jones, 36, from Cardiganshire, spluttered into the pits. He said: 'I'd rather have won this race than the world championship. It's 12 months of preparation ruined.'
With Jones out of the running, proceedings were becoming processional, until a Swedish driver, Goran Carlof, barrow-
After a crane had winched the various remains ashore, the 47-
Steve Kerton, from Wiltshire, was losing ground in second place when he also had to retire, but Marc Rolls, from Birmingham, gave the crowd something to cheer by finishing runner-
The feeling in the pits was that what was needed was a marketing expert who can take the sport by the scruff of the neck.
Inshore powerboat racing is undoubtedly a spectator sport waiting to happen yet, strangely, the money men would rather watch the offshore boats steam off into the distance.
UIM FORMULA ONE SERIES: BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Cardiff): 1 M Werner (Ger) 54min 56:35sec; 2 M Rolls (GB) 55.08:65; 3 G Cappelini (It) 55.28:59; 4 T Ishikawa (Japan) 55.05:91; 5 P Brolin (Swe) 55.27:88; 6 T Eriksson (Swe) 55.18:32; 7 P Eriksson (Swe) 55.03:21; 8 M Zamparelli (It) 55.25:62; 9 D Stallard (GB) 55.34:47; 10 A Elliot (GB) 55.14:42; 11 S Pichet (NZ) 55.19:31. Non-