India’s first-ever powerboat race hits Mumbai’s shores this weekend

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Panther boats cut through the water near Mumbai’s Marine Drive during the qualifiers of the NEXA P1 Powerboat race in Mumbai. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Panther boats cut through the water near Mumbai’s Marine Drive during the qualifiers of the NEXA P1 Powerboat race in Mumbai. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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Magnificent powerboats cut through the water near Marine Drive on Friday during a practice run. The NEXA P1 Powerboat Indian Grand Prix of the seas is being held in Mumbai between March 3 and March 5. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

Magnificent powerboats cut through the water near Marine Drive on Friday during a practice run. The NEXA P1 Powerboat Indian Grand Prix of the seas is being held in Mumbai between March 3 and March 5. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

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Panther boats race off the Mumbai coast. The race exists in certain pockets of the world, but its format in Mumbai aims at giving the sport a structured shape. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Panther boats race off the Mumbai coast. The race exists in certain pockets of the world, but its format in Mumbai aims at giving the sport a structured shape. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The race’s format is similar to Formula One, with a race track and racing pits. In the main race, the winner is the one who completes a set number of laps first. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

The race’s format is similar to Formula One, with a race track and racing pits. In the main race, the winner is the one who completes a set number of laps first. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

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A Panther boat zips past during the qualifier rounds of the NEXA P1 Powerboat race. The Panther boat is a specially designed 28-foot boat that can race in even in six feet of water. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

A Panther boat zips past during the qualifier rounds of the NEXA P1 Powerboat race. The Panther boat is a specially designed 28-foot boat that can race in even in six feet of water. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

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The Panther powerboats can reach a speed of 120kmph on water — about the same as 240kmph on land. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The Panther powerboats can reach a speed of 120kmph on water — about the same as 240kmph on land. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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Pilots drive their powerboats through the race course during a qualifying round on Friday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Pilots drive their powerboats through the race course during a qualifying round on Friday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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The location of the race — just off the picturesque Marine Drive — saw passersby stop and take photos of the race. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The location of the race — just off the picturesque Marine Drive — saw passersby stop and take photos of the race. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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The first Grand Prix will be contested between six teams, each with four members. The powerboat will have a pilot, a navigator and two more members as crew. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

The first Grand Prix will be contested between six teams, each with four members. The powerboat will have a pilot, a navigator and two more members as crew. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

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Jaykumar Rawal, Maharashtra’s tourism development minister, and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, unveil the Viraat Rolling Trophy before the start of the race. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Jaykumar Rawal, Maharashtra’s tourism development minister, and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, unveil the Viraat Rolling Trophy before the start of the race. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

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