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F-1 Powerboat Championship in Bali

Benoa to Host International Boat Race October 30-31, 2004.

(3/4/2004) Bali will play host to Indonesia's first international powerboat championships scheduled for October 30-31, 2004. The event, to be held in the southern part of the island at Benoa, is expected to attract 18 international competitors including Luigi Cappelini (Italy), Scott Human (U.S.A.), Francesco Canado (Italy), and Leg Verro (Australia).

The Bali races will form part of the current calendar of the F1 World Championship 2004, with India, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Germany, China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates also acting as hosts for different legs of the overall championship.

Total cost of hosting the Bali event, sanctioned by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), is estimated at US$ 2 million.

Although no Indonesian contestants are registered to compete, the race comes to Bali by virtue of an Indonesian promoter, Mr. Steve Indrajaya, who holds licenses for the UIM event in China.

Local promoters of the event expect the race to be broadcast on 14 international television channels, including the ESPN sports network.