Offshore powerboat racing is racing by large, specially intended ocean-going powerboats, typically point-to-point racing.
Probably one of the largest, most dangerous, and most powerful racing machines of all, the tremendous expense of the boats and the fuel required to participate make it an expensive and elite sport. Many different types and classes of boats can struggle in individual races, on the same course, at the same time. Off shores have widely been known as a "Rich man's" sport, however, now even people with normal pleasure boats can compete in some recently formed classes (with minor safety modifications).
This may include single or twin piston engine V-bottom boats, single or twin piston engine catamaran approach boats, four piston engine boats, and turbine boats.
Depending on the class, a speed varies from 65 mph (105 km/h) to 250 mph (400 km/h). In Europe, Middle East and Asia, offshore powerboat racing was led by the UIM keeping pace Class 1 but this category is no longer familiar by the sport's governing body. It has re-organized itself and is as an alternative regulated by the Dubai based WPPA, which now allows the sport to have a bigger multiplicity in engines and props. Although there are team sponsors, the sport is still an amateur sport financed by a mixture of private funding and commercial sponsors.
One of the benefits of sponsoring an offshore powerboat team, as affirmed by team owner and driver Bj?rn Rune Gjelsten, is that in Formula One motor racing, 1 million will only allow a small space, while in offshore power boating, this covers the whole of the boat.