Powerboat P1 is the fastest growing marine motorsport series in the world and has a long term commitment to growing and developing the sport of power boating at all levels. The Powerboat P1 team works closely with the sports governing bodies, the UIM, APBA and the IJSBA. P1 has delivered more than 85 world championship events in over twelve different countries for more than a decade.
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In common with many motorsports on and off the water, offshore powerboat racing uses flags to signal the start and end of a race. They are also used to warn of emergencies and other events. This is a reference guide for visitors to help them understand what is going on.
Used by a pace boat for the race boats to follow and bring the fleet from the wet pits to the milling/assembly area during the race set-up and until the green flag (see below) is raised to start the race. A single yellow denotes CAUTION. May be displayed at any checkpoint or flown by rescue/patrol craft during a race to indicate an accident or hazardous situation on the course. No overtaking is allowed by boats and they are required to hold positions.
When the pace boat displays the green flag, the race has officially started.
Flown by the official boats: start/finish boats, turn boats or perimeter boats. Also used by marine observers, media.
Signals the start of the last lap of the race.
End of the race. Return to pits in a safe and orderly manner.
Emergency, be alert for further signals. Red/Orange smoke or flares may be in conjunction with red flags.
Course is closed. Boats must return to pits.
Denotes a vessel as medically equipped or a boat with a paramedic/EMT dive team on board.