The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) is the world governing body and the sole competent authority in Powerboating and Aquabike/Jet Ski as recognized by the International Olympic Committee. With their headquarters based in Monaco, UIM is responsible for the development and expansion of further formats of powerboating around the world. Powerboat P1 Management Limited, based in London, is the professional arm or contracted promoter overseeing the three annual competitions of Aqua Cross, Powerboat P1 Superstock and Jet Cross. Starting with Aqua Cross, this is the most powerful format of jet skiing where riders mainly remain seated on a jetski that is built bigger and wider to accommodate the faster speeds that are achieved. There is a world tour with an American leg and a European leg and the season culminates with a World Championship over three days. Powerboat P1 Superstock is the world’s most competitive one-design powerboat championship with forty race venues in four countries. Jet Cross is a smaller jetski where riders stand up while racing and the annual competition is also Europe’s premier standup series. UIM’s calendar features several circuit competitions in different boat classes (F1, F2, F500, 4, Formula Future) with events mainly in Europe. In addition, other disciplines include Offshore (XCAT, Class 1, Class V1 etc.), Pleasure Navigation, Radio-Controlled Boats, Solar and Electric and Motosurf. The governing body is also responsible for liaising with national powerboating governing bodies establishing an international framework for competitions. Having been established in 1922, UIM is also a member of the of the Association of the IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) and of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Currently UIM have over sixty member nations. Contracted promoters are also appointed in disciplines like Offshore and the F1 and F2 Circuits. This benefits international growth and financial independence.
Looking briefly at the history of powerboating, one of the first related associations was formed in 1902 when the British created the Marine Motoring Association. This was followed by the Columbia Yacht Club in New York that later became the American Powerboat Association, and the Congress of Automobile Boats set up in France. One of the first races featured in 1903 in France with a 62-mile circuit race on the Seine. This led to the emergence of further races and the formation of further associations. It was mainly thanks to the efforts of Englishman Dr Morton Smart and Irishman John Ward, that led to the formation in Brussels of the precursor to today’s modern Union Internationale Motonautique.