'OCEANS FIRST' LOOKING TO PUT THE ENVIRONMENT IN POLE POSITION

There's a new race boat in the P1 SuperStock fleet this season flying the flag for the P1 Marine Foundation. With the name 'Oceans First', it is competing at every race in both the UK and USA championships this summer.

Welshman James Norvill, owner of GD Environmental a leading company in the waste management and recycling industry, is driving the P1 Marine Foundation boat on both sides of the Atlantic, and made his first appearance of the season in Florida last weekend. The Foundation, which was established in 2010 with the aim of safeguarding and restoring the marine and coastal environment, is staging activity at each race event, including beach clean ups and screening environmental films.

Powerboat P1 has shown that the words "powerboat racing" and "going green" can be good bedfellows, becoming the first powerboat racing promoter to achieve ISO 14001 certification. With its high profile internationally and use of advanced technology, P1 has the ability to highlight environmental issues, engage new partners and help develop solutions.

A host of wildlife was found at the race event in Stuart last weekend which included manatees, turtles and pelicans. P1 SuperStock was lucky enough to capture some of these amazing creatures on camera. Race boats and marine mammals don't mix, so P1 SuperStock used a helicopter and wildlife marshalls to ensure that the route of manatees and other marine animals was not disturbed.

The next race for 'Oceans First' will be in Hull at the end of May when the UK Championship gets underway.

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