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An overview of F1 Powerboat

WHAT IS FORMULA 1 RACING?

Formula 1 Powerboat racing is the most spectacular watersport in the world. It has been described as driving the F1 race car at full speed over a ploughed field. Formula 1 Powerboats accelerate faster than even the most state-of-the-art F1 cars; they are capable of going from standstill to 160 kilometres per hour in only 4 seconds.

Impressive as this is by itself, they compete at these speeds without the use of brakes or gears. It is competitive, fascinating, challenging, daring, risky and entertaining. Formula 1 Powerboat racing is the ultimate extreme sport.

DEFYING THE LAWS OF GRAVITY

Formula 1 Powerboat racing has to be seen to believe. Spectators who are new to this most spectacular watersport are invariably left spellbound when they witness these lightweight catamarans defying the laws of gravity and virtually lifted in the air during high-speed manoeuvre with only a portion of the boat in contact with the water.

It is amazing that these boats can manage to maintain their balance in more than 225kph, taking hairpin turns at 150 kph without brakes and shifting gears, what's more with limited visibility, One tiny error of judgement would spell high-speed disaster.

Driving a powerboat is like piloting a fighter jet. F1 pilots need to have that split-second decision making capability and nerves of steel because once strapped into his fully enclosed safety capsule, he has only his skills, courage and a certain amount of luck to achieve success on the race circuit.

The rivalry between powerboat pilots often thrill the crowds with near-collision overtaking and daring acts as they blazed their boats across the water in high-octane velocity, considerable dexterity and finely tuned driving skills.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Inaugurated in 1981, this international competition is similar to F1 for cars and similar rules apply. Across the world, teams of different nationalities compete in the Grand Prix, which is regulated by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM).

THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES

Races are organised at selected locations around the world based on the water conditions, infrastructures, public access, local hotels amenities and telecommunication facilities. Starting 2009 season, during each F1 World Championship venue there are two Grand Prix races – one race on each day of the venue. Each race lasts for 30 minutes of racing time + 2 laps with up to 24 boats hurtle around the race circuit at thundering speed of 225kph (130mph). All races are broadcast worldwide on TV, on local channels and international networks.

THE CIRCUITS

Every race circuit is different in size, but are generally about 2000 meters in distance. Each circuit has at least one long straightaway and several tight turns, mostly left with one or two right turns. The turns produce a G-force of up to 4.5 on the driver, which means his weight is multiplied 4.5 times as he makes a tight U-turn at over 100 mph (F1 car drivers endure only 2.5).

WATER CONDITIONS

Water conditions play a major part in the outcome of each Grand Prix. With water current and wind conditions varying on every lap and spray being continually showered over the tiny console screen, pilots are quite often driving 'blind' at full speed, mere inches away from their rivals. In the event of a 'barrel-roll' (capsize), a mandatory air bag installed above the pilot's head will inflate upon contact with water. This enables the cockpit to remain above water until rescue arrives. All pilots have a self-contained air supply fitted inside the capsule as an added safety features.

EVENT STARTING POSITIONS

Pole position and starting line-ups are determined by a qualifying session preceding each Grand Prix race. State-of-the-art timing equipment records the performances of each boat to decide the final classification and starting positions.

Each team consists of a manager, one or two pilots, mechanics, radio coordinator, technical coordinator and equipped with infrastructure such as trailer workshop and welcome marquee. They should have one or two catamarans fitted with 2.5 litre engine and compete between 8 to 10 Grand Prix events that make up a full season.

Imagine this: up to 24 lightweight, 16-foot carbon fiber catamaran hurtle around a racing circuit at speeds topping 225kph (130mph); all boats are powered by highly tuned V6 outboard engines, each pumping out 425 horsepower at 10,000 rpm; they boast an awesome power to weight ratio, weighing in at around 500 kilos with a 425hp fully-tuned engine strapped on the transom; they have no brakes or gearboxes. Yes, These are F1 Powerboats.

THE CHAMPIONS

In the last four years there have been four different drivers who have become World Champion. The latest is the American Jay Price who drives for the Qatar Team.

There are a number of new pilots who are making the race more competitive than ever. At each event, about twenty to twenty four pilots represent at least 12 nations, not to mention the countless sponsors, managers, radiomen and women, team members, safety crews and boats, medical staff, doctors, and spectators. The atmosphere is buoyant as tension mounts amongst the competitors, all of whom have worked so hard to be worthy of competing in the F1 Powerboat World Championships.

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Formula 1 Powerboat Racing returning to Alton for first time in 32 years

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Super-fast-racing-boats are back in the St. Louis-area this week.

For the first time in 32 years, Formula One Powerboats are returning to Alton, Illinois to race on the Mississippi River.

"The Formula One powerboat is the hardest cornering racing vehicle on earth," said Tim Seebold, Managing Director of the Formula One Powerboat Championship.

These boats go as fast as 120 miles per hour and pull 7 G's on turns.

"With the Catamaran Tunnel design, you are packing as much air underneath the boat as you can to lift the boat out the water," said Seebold. "So when it's running correctly down on the straightaway, you only got to put the boat in the water."

Seebold says boats will be racing throughout the weekend in the Midwest Nationals.

On Friday night, there's a meet and greet with some of the drivers at Mac's on Belle Street and you can see the boats up close.

On Saturday, there will be several races and the city of Alton is bringing back the Mississippi River Festival with live music.

On Sunday, it will wrap up with more racing and the awards ceremony.

General Admission is free but tickets are available for bleacher sets and VIP experiences.

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The Formula One Powerboats for the last five decades, have been recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular racing experiences. With lightning speeds over 120 miles per hour and nimble handling, the Formula One boats and their world-class drivers thrill audiences with it’s up close and personal deck-to-deck, sponson-banging competition. This brand of racing typically produces the largest motorsports event of the year in the markets it visits. Through live attendance and media coverage, Formula One Powerboat Racing reaches hundreds of thousands of consumers each season.

The Formula One Powerboat Race is the centerpiece of the weekend’s festival that often are the biggest entertainment event of the year in their communities. These events increase tourism, boost awareness of the regional attractions and businesses along with generating millions of dollars in economic activity. Annual powerboat races often are woven into the fabric of a community and become an anticipated yearly focus of corporate hospitality activities.

Formula One Powerboat Racing enjoys a stellar 50+ year history of thrilling audiences with it’s up-close and personal nature of racing events facilitating consumer awareness and brand bonding. Imagine your unique branding on a 120 mph billboard streaking across the waterfront with hundreds of thousands of loyal consumers in plain site of the entire course. Motorsports have become recognized as one of the most cost effective marketing tools available today. Each race is more than a series of one day events, these races have evolved into the anchor for a weekend long multi-interest community festivals, providing individual events that appeal to all ages and lifestyles. The Formula One Boats are front and center throughout the race events. It’s hull has several large marketable surface areas, that are great for promotional branding.

Formula One Powerboats are 17′ long, 7’2″ wide, and weigh 1155 lbs. including the driver. The power to weight ratio is among the highest in all of Motorsports. As for the Performance, these powerboats accelerate from 0-100 mph in 3.5 seconds. Top speeds over 120 mph and has the capabilities of going around a 180 degree corner at over 100 mph, pulling 7.0 G’s in the process making them the hardest turning race vehicle in the world. Combination of half boat and half plane, Formula One Powerboat Drivers actually fly the boats across the straightaways.

Formula One Powerboat competition starts with a 15-20 boat field lined up on the starting pontoon with the engines off. A Lemans start springs to life as the engines roar and the rooster tails spray thousands of gallons of water as the boats head to the first turn. A 1.25 mile course made of a combination of right and left hand turns with a variety of straight aways provides for deck to deck competition within inches of each other. No two laps are ever the same with Formula One Powerboat racing due to the ever changing water and wind conditions making the Formula One Boats one of the most challenging racing vehicles in the world to drive. There are several races each day with 10 lap heat races, and 30-50 laps finals.

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June 21 2024, 2:00pm

Alton Midwest Nationals F1 Powerboat Racing 2024

Alton Midwest Nationals F1 Powerboat Racing 2024 Landmarks Blvd. between Piasa St. & Henry St. Alton, Illinois 62002

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Landmarks Blvd. between Piasa St. & Henry St. Alton, Illinois 62002

  • Time: 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Ever dreamed of watching boats flying across the waters of the Mississippi River at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour? Formula 1 Powerboat racing is coming to Alton June 21 - 23! The race series will take place on the Mississippi River at the Alton riverfront with a series of six to eight races. The races will include the sleek and glamorous F1 Powerboats, 12-foot Tunnel boats, Tri-Hulls based on a pleasure boat design and J-Hydro, 12-foot Knee Rider Boats for racers ages 9 to 16 years. Kick off the event on Belle Street at Mac's the evening of June 21 with a Meet & Greet Street Party where you can meet drivers, see the racing boats up close and personal, and grab some food. Watch races throughout the day on Saturday, June 22, and join a Driver's Sponsor Appreciation Party at 6 PM, and continue with more races Sunday, June 23, with an end-of-event Awards Presentation at 4 PM in Riverfront Park!

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Friday June 21 2 – 3 PM Formula 1 Testing 3 – 4 PM Formula Lights Testing 4 – 4:30 PM Tri-Hull Testing 4:30 – 5:30 PM Formula 1 Testing 6:30 – 8:30 PM Kickoff Drivers Meet & Greet Street Party at Mac’s

Saturday June 22 7 – 8:30 AM Safety Inspection/ Registration 8:30 AM Drivers Meeting Formula 1 & Formula Light Only 9 AM Tri-Hull Testing 9:30 AM Formula 1 Testing 10 AM Formula Lights Testing 10:20 AM Formula Lights Qualifying, 3 Minutes + 1 Lap 11 AM Formula 1 Qualifying, 4 Minutes + 1 Lap 11:40 AM J-Hydro Testing 12 PM Drivers Meeting All Classes – River Open 1 PM Tri-Hull – Heat 1, 7 Laps, Draw for Position 1:20 PM Formula 1 - Group A, Heat 1, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap 2 PM Formula Lights – Heat 1, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap 2:30 PM Formula 1 – Group B, Heat 1, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap 3 PM J-Hydro – Heat 1, 3 Laps 3:15 PM River Open 3:45 PM J-Hydro – Heat 2, 3 Laps 4 PM Tri-Hull – Heat 2, 7 Laps – Reverse Order of Finish 4:20 PM Formula 1 – Group A, Heat 2, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap - Reverse Order of Finish 4:50 PM Formula Lights – Heat 2, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap – Reverse Order of Finish 5:20 PM Formula 1 – Group B, Heat 2, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap – Reverse Order of Finish 6 PM Drivers Sponsor Appreciation Party Sunday June 23 9 AM Formula Lights – Heat 3, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap – Reverse Order of Points 10 AM J-Hydro – Heat 3, 3 Laps – Reverse Order of Points 10:30 AM Tri-Hull – Heat 3, 7 Laps – Reverse Order of Points 11 AM Driver’s Meeting – River Open 12 PM Formula 1 – Group A, Heat 3, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap – Reverse Order of Points 12:30 PM Tri-Hull – Heat 4, 7 Laps – Reverse Order of Points 12:50 PM Formula 1 – Group B, Heat 3, 6 Minutes + 1 Lap = Reverse Order of Points 1:15 PM J-Hydro – Final, 5 Laps 1:30 PM Formula Lights – Final, 15 Minutes + 1 Lap 2 PM River Open 2:30 PM Tri-Hull – Final, 20 Laps 3:15 PM Formula 1 – Final, 17 Minutes + 1 Lap 4 PM Awards Presentation at Riverfront Park – River Open

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  • Saturday, June 22 2024
  • Sunday, June 23 2024

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Danau Toba Jadi Seri Pembuka F1 Powerboat 2023

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  • Kamis, 15 Desember 2022 | 08:45 WIB

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Satu lagi ajang balap otomotif kelas dunia akan singgah di Indonesia pada 2023. Namanya Formula Satu atau F1 Powerboat. Sebelumnya, tiga jenis balap otomotif roda dua sudah lebih dulu diadakan di Indonesia seperti MotoGP, World Superbike, dan World Motocross. Kepastian bahwa Indonesia akan menjadi tuan rumah telah diumumkan Pemerintah Indonesia bersama promotor lomba H2O Racing di Jakarta, 28 September 2022.

Lomba akan diadakan di kawasan Pelabuhan Muliaraja Napitupulu, Kecamatan Balige, Kabupaten Toba, Sumatra Utara. Ini sesuai keputusan pihak Federasi Motor Internasional (FIM) selaku regulator lomba. Lokasi pelabuhan berada di kawasan Danau Toba, sebuah kaldera superbesar hasil letusan gunung purba Toba 74 ribu tahun lampau. Indonesia mendapat kehormatan menjadi seri pembuka pada 24-26 Februari 2023 untuk musim balap F1 Powerboat 2023.

Ini akan menjadi sejarah bagi balap jet air tercepat di dunia tersebut. Karena untuk pertama kalinya sejak lomba diadakan 41 tahun silam, lokasinya berada di danau yang terbentuk dari hasil letusan gunung api purba pada area seluas 1.145 kilometer persegi. Apalagi, danau ini punya kedalaman mencapai 508 meter, salah satu yang terdalam di dunia. 

Menteri Koordinator Bidang Kemaritiman dan Investasi Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan saat itu menyatakan, hadirnya F1 Powerboat di Danau Toba menunjukkan kepada dunia bahwa Indonesia punya kemampuan dan infrastruktur dalam menggelar kompetisi balap berkelas dunia. "Kita ingin mengenalkan Danau Toba kepada dunia sebagai salah satu Destinasi Pariwisata Super Prioritas (DPSP) Indonesia dan kita berharap dari ajang ini selain ada promosi pariwisata, juga dapat memberikan dampak positif secara ekonomi bagi masyarakat sekitar," ujar Luhut.

Seperti halnya Luhut, Menteri Badan Usaha Milik Negara Erick Thohir menyebutkan bahwa lomba diharapkan dapat memancing minat sekitar 140 juta warga memenuhi ruang media sosial untuk ikut meramaikan dan mempromosikan F1 Powerboat ini. Erick juga meminta dukungan masyarakat agar kegiatan itu bisa berlangsung sukses dan aman.

Kesiapan Infrastruktur

Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika (Menkominfo) Johnny G Plate mengatakan, pihaknya akan menyiapkan diseminasi informasi terkait event seperti melakukan publikasi dan menyediakan media center untuk para jurnalis yang meliput. "Kita siap mendukung semua mengenai F1 Powerboat apalagi ini untuk meningkatkan indeks pariwisata berkualitas di DPSP Danau Toba. Seluruh fasilitas akan kami siapkan," tegas Johnny.

Menteri Pekerjaan Umum dan Perumahan Rakyat Basuki Hadimuljono mengatakan, pihaknya sejak Oktober 2022 sudah mulai menyusun langkah untuk menyiapkan dan membangun infrastruktur yang dibutuhkan. Ini dilakukan supaya turis mancanegara tertarik berkunjung ke Danau Toba untuk menonton balapan.

Fokus utama adalah menyiapkan kebutuhan infrastruktur lomba di sekitar pelabuhan seperti tribun penonton, garasi balap, dermaga sandar khusus powerboat , dan lapangan parkir. Kementerian PUPR, kata Basuki, akan menyulap Lapangan Sisimangaraja menjadi kawasan khusus berkonsep waterfront area untuk olahraga air. Targetnya, pada 15 Februari 2023 seluruh infrastruktur telah selesai dikerjakan.

Raimondo di San Germano selaku Direktur Pemasaran H2O Racing menyatakan kalau dirinya sudah berkunjung ke bakal lokasi lomba. Ia merasa takjub karena tahu bahwa lomba akan diadakan di salah satu lokasi paling bersejarah di dunia sekaligus memastikan kalau Indonesia akan menjadi negara ke-40 selaku tuan rumah F1 Powerboat.

"Masuknya Indonesia sebagai negara ke-40 menjadi tuan rumah lomba menunjukkan komitmen kami untuk melebarkan sayap olahraga ini agar semakin dikenal oleh masyarakat secara luas sekaligus menjadi bagian dari turisme lewat olahraga. Indonesia juga sudah memainkan banyak peran dalam skala global dan kami ingin turut berkontribusi di sana lewat F1 Powerboat ini," terang Raimondo.

Sedangkan Direktur Utama PT Aviasi Pariwisata Indonesia atau InJourney, Donny Oskaria memperkirakan lomba bakal disaksikan secara langsung oleh sekitar 180 ribu orang. Direktur Pemasaran InJourney, Maya Watono menambahkan, pihaknya sudah menyiapkan sekitar 1.300 unit kamar hotel dan homestay di sekitar Danau Toba. Selain itu, kawasan ruang terbuka pun disiapkan dengan konsep glamour camping ( glamping ).

Maya juga menjamin, proses bongkar muat peralatan tim akan lebih mudah karena posisi Bandar Udara Silangit hanya sekitar 30 menit dari venue dengan akses jalan yang masih diperbaiki. Pihaknya juga akan menyiapkan satu titik bagi masyarakat sekitar untuk menonton lomba secara gratis.   

Sekilas F1 Powerboat

F1 Powerboat menjalani musim perdananya pada 1981 silam dan sempat ditiadakan pada 1987-1989 serta 2020. Selama 36 tahun lomba diadakan, sudah ada sekitar 297 seri diselesaikan di 39 negara di lima benua. Indonesia menjadi negara Asia Tenggara kedua setelah Singapura yang menggelar ajang ini.

Seperti halnya balap Formula Satu yang disebut sebagai lomba balap mobil tercepat di dunia, begitu pula dengan F1 Powerboat. Lomba ini dijuluki balap jet air tercepat di dunia. Bayangkan saja, setiap perahu motor atau powerboat dibekali mesin berkekuatan 3.500 cc dan mampu menyemburkan energi sebesar 500 tenaga kuda ( Horse Power /HP) saat perputaran mesin per menit (RPM) mencapai 10.500. 

Berbekal mesin berformasi V8 seberat 120 kilogram tersebut, setiap powerboat hanya butuh waktu dua detik untuk menembus kecepatan 100 kilometer per jam. Kecepatan penuhnya dibatasi hanya sampai 250 km per jam saja. Mesin-mesin tadi digerakkan oleh bahan bakar avgas seperti yang biasa dikonsumsi oleh pesawat terbang.

Tidak seperti perahu yang kita kenal, powerboat punya bentuk berbeda. Ia mengadopsi teknologi katamaran (berlunas ganda) dan terdapat rongga di bawah perahu ( tunnel hull ). Tubuh perahu spesial sepanjang 6 meter dan lebar 2,1 meter itu terbuat dari bahan kevlar yang membuat bobotnya ringan, tak lebih dari 390 kg sudah termasuk mesin dan tentu saja antiapi.

Terdapat ruang kemudi tertutup berkursi tunggal ( single seater ), mirip seperti mobil F1. Pebalap dilindungi oleh kaca setebal 10 sentimeter dan antipeluru, ini membuatnya aman ketika sedang beraksi. Saat dilajukan dalam kecepatan penuh, tubuh bagian depan dari powerboat selalu terangkat dari permukaan air, membuatnya seperti hendak terbang saja.

Ketika berlomba, setiap powerboat harus melahap lintasan di atas air sepanjang 1.500-2.000 meter pada setiap serinya. Khusus di Danau Toba, lintasannya direncanakan sepanjang 2.400 meter. Mereka harus berlomba selama 45 menit untuk menentukan pemenangnya. Mirip seperti lintasan balap di darat, jalur balap F1 Powerboat pun bentuknya meliuk-liuk, dan setiap tikungan akan ditandai oleh beberapa buoy .

Dalam setiap musimnya, terdapat dua kelas yang dilombakan yaitu F1 H2O dan F4-S. Kedua kelas lomba itu dibedakan oleh jenis mesin yang dipakai. Ada sebanyak 10 tim dari Amerika Serikat, Italia, Norwegia, Swedia, Persatuan Emirat Arab, Portugal, Prancis, Swedia, dan Tiongkok berlaga untuk musim 2022. Ke-10 tim ini melibatkan 20 pebalap dan untuk musim 2022 ini lomba digelar sebanyak empat seri di dua negara dengan finalnya di Sharjah, Persatuan Emirat Arab, 15-16 Desember 2022.

Dalam klasemen sementara saat ini, pebalap AS Shaun Torrente dari tim Abu Dhabi memimpin dengan 64 poin termasuk masing-masing 20 poin hasil juara pada dua seri musim 2022 ini. Pebalap kelahiran Homestead, 13 Agustus 1978 itu merupakan juara dunia 2018 dan 2019. 

Namun, Torrente belum mampu mengalahkan prestasi legenda F1 Powerboat, Guido Capellini, dengan torehan sembilan kali juara dunia. Torrente dan Capellini adalah bagian dari 14 pebalap F1 Powerboat yang pernah merasakan juara dunia di mana tujuh di antaranya merebut gelar lebih dari sekali. 

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Kementerian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif/ Badan Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif Republik Indonesia

F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2024, Dijamin Bakal Lebih Seru!

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Dikenal sebagai langganan tuan rumah ajang sport tourism   kelas dunia, tidak heran jika banyak perlombaan internasional yang diselenggarakan di Indonesia tiap tahunnya. Satu di antaranya adalah ajang balap perahu super cepat kelas dunia, F1 Powerboat 2024, yang akan kembali digelar di Danau Toba, Sumatra Utara pada 2-3 Maret 2024.

Tahun ini merupakan kedua kalinya Danau Toba menjadi tuan rumah ajang F1 Powerboat. Sebelumnya, F1 Powerboat telah sukses diselenggarakan di Danau Toba pada 24-26 Februari 2023. Event berskala internasional tersebut berhasil meningkatkan citra dan daya tarik pariwisata Danau Toba ke kancah internasional.

Kembali terpilihnya Danau Toba sebagai tuan rumah ajang balap perahu super cepat kelas dunia ini bukan tanpa alasan. Mengingat, pada tahun sebelumnya, F1 Powerboat berhasil mencetak banyak pencapaian dan memberikan multiplier effect bagi masyarakat sekitar Danau Toba. Terutama dalam mendorong perekonomian masyarakat di sekitar danau vulkanik terbesar di dunia yang telah ditetapkan sebagai Destinasi Pariwisata Super Prioritas (DPSP) satu ini. 

BACA JUGA: Menparekraf Dorong Kawasan Danau Toba Jadi Kawasan Ekonomi Khusus  

Untuk mengingat kembali, F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2023 diikuti 20 pembalap dari beberapa negara, antara lain: Uni Emirat Arab (UEA), Perancis, Italia, Portugal, Swedia, hingga Norwegia. Ajang perlombaan perahu cepat tersebut berhasil menarik perhatian wisatawan mancanegara untuk berkunjung ke Danau Toba, untuk merasakan langsung adrenalin dan keseruan para pembalap memacu perahu dengan kecepatan lebih dari 220 km/jam tersebut.

Kesuksesan ajang perlombaan yang diselenggarakan di area Pelabuhan Muliaraja Napitupulu dan Lapangan Sisingamangaraja, Balige kala itu patut diacungi jempol. F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2023 berhasil melampaui target kunjungan wisatawan dari yang telah ditargetkan sebelumnya.

Selain itu, F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2023 juga berdampak langsung pada kenaikan jumlah kunjungan di bandara-bandara yang ada di Sumatra Utara, seperti 29.099 penumpang di Bandara Internasional Silangit, dan 485.858 penumpang tiba di Bandara Internasional Kualanamu. Hal ini pun berdampak pada tingkat keterisian penginapan di Balige yang mencapai 100%.

Hebatnya lagi, F1 Powerboat 2023 disaksikan oleh 180 juta pasang mata melalui berbagai media. Baik itu media sosial, broadcasting , dan media-media lainnya. Tentunya, seluruh pencapaian tersebutlah yang akhirnya mendorong Danau Toba sebagai salah satu destinasi wisata di Indonesia yang sukses menjadi perbincangan di dunia internasional, khususnya dalam menggelar ajang sport tourism . 

BACA JUGA: Keragaman Budaya dari Desa Wisata di Sekitar Danau Toba  

Hal Baru di F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2024

F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2024 pun diprediksi tidak kalah meriah dari perlombaan tahun lalu. Berlangsung selama dua hari, ajang balap perahu super cepat kali ini rencananya akan diikuti 18 pembalap dari 10 negara di dunia. 

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Harapannya, F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2024 dapat kembali memberikan multiplier effect bagi sekitar kawasan Danau Toba, dengan target kenaikan 20-25% dari total sebelumnya, serta memberikan dampak positif pada sektor ekonomi kreatif sebesar Rp391 miliar. Untuk mencapai target-target tersebut, Kementerian Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif/Badan Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif (Kemenparekraf/Baparekraf) memberikan pelatihan bagi pelaku ekonomi kreatif dalam mendukung kesuksesan F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2024.

Diharapkan, para pelaku ekonomi kreatif di sekitar Danau Toba dapat mengenalkan dan mendorong produk kuliner, produk kriya, dan fesyen, agar nantinya seluruh produk-produk ekonomi kreatif dan budaya di Danau Toba dapat semakin dikenal dunia internasional. 

Nonton Balapan Sambil Liburan 

Selain nonton  F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2024, Sobat Parekraf juga bisa berkeliling mengunjungi beberapa destinasi wisata di sekitar Kota Balige dan sekitar Danau Toba untuk liburan. Satu destinasi yang cukup dekat dengan lokasi acara adalah Pantai Lumban Bulbul, yang terkenal dengan pasir putih lembut serta keindahan alam yang memanjakan mata.

Jika ingin merasakan keseharian masyarakat sekitar Danau Toba, Sobat Parekraf bisa mengunjungi Desa Wisata Meat yang berada di pinggir Danau Toba. Tepatnya di Kecamatan Tampahan, Kabupaten Toba Samosir, Sumatra Utara. Menempuh 30 menit perjalanan dari Balige, desa ini menawarkan pemandangan hamparan sawah hijau yang berundak-undak, serta susunan desa yang saling berjauhan layaknya sebuah lukisan. 

Sekadar informasi, selain gelaran F1 Powerboat Danau Toba 2024, ada event skala internasional lainnya yang akan digelar di Pulau Sumatra, tepatnya di Sabang, Aceh, yakni Sabang Marine Festival pada 1-3 Maret 2024. Sebagai salah satu event yang berhasil masuk dalam daftar Karisma Event Nusantara (KEN) 2024 , Sabang Marine Festival mengusung konsep aktivitas bahari, kebudayaan, dan konservasi lingkungan. 

Jadi, keduanya dapat menjadi rekomendasi event terbaik yang diharapkan dapat menarik kunjungan wisatawan, sehingga dapat mencapai target kunjungan wisatawan mancanegara sebanyak 14,3 juta orang pada 2024.

BACA JUGA: Keliling Danau Toba Seharian, Ngapain Aja?

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