Grand Prix of the sea is a great success

ON THE WATER One of the racers at the P1 Superstock event in Gosport
ON THE WATER One of the racers at the P1 Superstock event in Gosport
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
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WITH jetski riders doing backflips and boats racing through the sea – Gosport seafront came to life with marine sports.

It’s the second time the P1 Superstock event was held at Stokes Bay.

Crowds at the powerboat festival in Gosport Picture: Ed Rangsi

Crowds at the powerboat festival in Gosport Picture: Ed Rangsi

Spectators watched amazing feats in the water and enjoyed family activities on dry land.

Abby Thomson, 35, of Stone Lane, in Gosport, went with her family.

She said: ‘I was super impressed with it all and it was a really exciting event to have in Gosport.

‘My favourite was watching the freestyle jetski action.

‘It was just incredible to see the skiers doing backflips right along the shoreline.

‘The capability and acrobatics of them was captivating and scary.

‘It’s vital we get events like this in Gosport.’

On shore in Stokes Bay, children could take part in activities including zorbing, bungee jumping, inflatables, face-painting, laser quest, and a funfair.

And on both Saturday and Sunday evening a line-up of free music entertained the crowds.

While the sun was shining on the Saturday, yesterday was a very different story.

Roy Mantle, head of PR at Powerboat P1, said: ‘There was a tremendous crowd at the bay in the sunshine.

‘There was a real contrast on that though yesterday, due to the weather. But the weather had an amazing impact on the marine events, as it made them more dramatic and exciting.’

In total there were 11 races that took place over the two days and a prize-giving ceremony to top it all off.