Racing across the open water, barely in contact with the surface and risking life and limb all for sporting glory used to be the preserve of a select band of foolhardy thrill-seekers.
But not any more, as the Red Sea RIB Rally 2008 proves, set against the backdrop of the beautiful destination of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.
Competitors looking to pit their powerboating skills against a field of all comers can assemble a team of four and book a package that includes flights, accommodation and fully-supported use of a top of the range boat.
Each craft is identical to those used by the other teams, irrespective of whether competitors are professionals or amateurs, so as to keep as even a playing field as possible.
The best part is that the top prize is the boat that the winning team used in the race, meaning that the victorious team will get their hands on thousands of pounds worth of aquatic technology.
The F1 Powerboating Championship is a professional powerboating competition, with a structure modelled on that of the F1 motor racing equivalent, which began in 1981 and has been dominated by a number of top racers from Italy for over the last decade.
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