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Tom Brady’s Next Championship Bid: Electric Boat Racing

By Mara Lafontaine · July 25, 2023

In brief…

  • NFL legend Tom Brady has purchased an electric boat racing team.
  • The team will compete in the E1 World Championship, a new electric boat racing event starting next year in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Brady's team will compete against teams owned by other sports greats, including Rafael Nadal, Sergio Perez, and Didier Drogba.
  • Brady believes the sport will promote environmental sustainability.
Tom Brady plans to electrify competitive boating  James Coller/Maize and Blue Nation, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has decided to dive into the world of competitive sports once again, this time as owner of an electric boat racing team.

Brady’s team is the fifth entry in the E1 World Championship, the world’s first all-electric boat racing championship, slated to begin next year in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Future race destinations include Monaco and Venice. 

“I love speed. I love driving fast,” Brady told CNN. In 2022, electric boat company Vision Marine set a new record when one of its vessels reached an impressive 109 miles per hour.

Brady will join other high-profile athletes in the championship e-boat circuit, including tennis legend Rafael Nadal, Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez, and soccer star Didier Drogba. “Sports do an incredible job of bringing people together,” Brady observed. “They come together to be entertained, and they’re entertained with the level of intensity that’s very difficult to find. And it’s very difficult to match.”

The former NFL star is not only drawn to the competition and excitement of the sport, but also its commitment to sustainability. “I loved the fact that this is very environmentally conscious and sustainable,” Brady said.  “I think it’s going to bring a lot of awareness to a lot of people about what they can do in their lives to live a more conscious lifestyle… We’re kind of at the forefront of that movement,” said Brady, who purchased his own  77-foot luxury yacht in 2021.