Short History

     The first powerboat racing took place in 1829 while the era of annual racing started in the year 1856. Powerboating is generally considered to have begun in 1863 when Frenchman Jean Lenoir used a petrol engine in the small boat. Interest in fast motorboats really took off in 1903 when the Marine Motor Association was formed as a branch of the Royal Automobile Club. This new association inspired large manufacturing companies to start building motorboats for recreation and soon competitions became popular among nations. The first major race took place in 1903 across the English Channel. The sport appeared as an event in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. The Union Internationale du Yachting Automobile (now the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) was founded in 1922 in Belgium.