Vietnam Hosts Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Grand Prix 2024

For the first time in history, the prestigious F1H2O Grand Prix graced Vietnam with its presence.


The UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix, the most prestigious event in water sports, is currently underway from March 19 to 31 in Thi Nai Bay, located in the southern coastal province of Binh Dinh.

The Vietnamese team in action.

This world-class sporting event is anticipated to contribute significantly to the sustainable development of Vietnam’s water sports industry, according to Bui Trung Hieu, deputy director of the Binh Dinh Department of Culture and Sports.

“The race promises to be a watershed moment for water sports in Vietnam and, at the same time, promote the image of the country and the people of Vietnam to the world,” the director stated.

The opening ceremony of the event also witnessed the official launch of the Vietnam Motorboat and Powerboat Federation in the presence of Vu Chien Thang, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, and Tran Viet Anh, Chairman of Joint Stock Bình Định F1 Company and head of the campaign committee to establish the federation.

The Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship (also known as F1) is an international motorboat racing competition for powerboats, organized by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and promoted by H2O Racing. Hence, it is often referred to as F1H2O.

It is the highest class of inshore powerboat racing in the world and, as such, shares the title of F1 with Formula One car racing. Each race lasts approximately 45 minutes and follows a course marked out on a chosen body of water, usually a lake, river, harbor, or sheltered bay.

The UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Binh Dinh begins with a performance of lion dance and Bình Định martial arts.

The UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Binh Dinh opened with a lion dance and a demonstration of Bình Định martial arts.

In its 39 years of existence, the Tournament has organized 295 Grand Prix events in more than 33 countries on five continents.
The UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Binh Dinh is considered to be the most significant water sports event ever held in Vietnam, attracting 18 of the world’s top riders from the United Arab Emirates, China, Portugal, Finland, Norway, France, and the host country, Vietnam.

The host team is the F1H2O Binh Dinh – Vietnam Racing Team, with two drivers: Jonas Andersson (Sweden, 49) and Stefan Arand (Estonia, 21).

The UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Binh Dinh is part of the Binh Dinh Festival 2024.

The Victory Team (U.A.E) at the UIM F1H2O World Championship Grand Prix of Binh Dinh
Tournament fans from Vietnam
Jonas Andersson, 49, a racer from Sweden, represents Team Vietnam.

Team Vietnam’s Jonas Andersson and Stefan Arand delight the home crowd with a resounding victory and second-place finish in the second sprint race of the Binh Dinh-Vietnam Grand Prix in Quy Nhon late on Saturday.

Stefan Arand, 21, from Estonia, races for the Vietnamese team.

The China CTIC Boat.
The tournament is organized in collaboration with Viet Thuan Group and the renowned cruise ship brand Essence Grand Cruise.

Rashed Al-Qemzi, a racer from Team Abu Dhabi (U.A.E).

The Sharjah Team from U.A.E is on the race.
Fans of the Vietnamese Team.
Spectators at the Tournament.