Powerboat P1 announced that Syracuse (Siracusa), Sicily will host the 2009 season finale September 11-13, replacing Bahrain as the year's World Championship race.

After a 5-year absence, Powerboat P1 will head back to the Mediterranean's largest and southernmost island which dates back over 2,700 years to 734 BC. Its reputation and rich history as a leading city of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine empires, has endowed the city with a diverse and beautiful architecture and culture.

Asif Rangoonwala, Powerboat P1 Chairman and CEO reports, "We have chosen to stage the final two rounds of this year's World Championship in Italy as it is the stronghold of powerboating and provides a central European location for all of our teams-it is a stunning setting for the climax of the season. The decision to replace Bahrain on this year's circuit is also a response to the need for teams to manage their costs during the current economic down-turn."

The city of Syracuse offers excellent tourism opportunities for fans to explore its archeological sites as well as the scenic island of Ortygia. Charming pizzerias, seafood restaurants and fine wines are among the area's tourist attractions. Its location on the Ionian Sea, between the Mediterranean to the west and the Adriatic to the East will offer racers a challenging offshore course.

Looking ahead to the 2010 season, Rangoonwala added, "Having already announced that Croatia will be added to Powerboat P1's growing portfolio of new venues in 2010, as well as ongoing negotiations to secure long term commitments in Sweden and Turkey, our objective remains to expand our international racing calendar. We are fully committed to connecting with as many different people as possible at Powerboat P1 and we are in discussions with other locations in the Middle East to race there in the near future."

Rounds seven and eight of the Powerboat P1 World Championship take place in Gothenburg, Sweden for the inaugural Scandinavian Grand Prix of the Sea August 7-9 2009

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