//Trans Atlantic ThunderCat Racing in South Africa not for the faint hearted

Trans Atlantic ThunderCat Racing in South Africa not for the faint hearted

saThe 22nd year running of the famous TRANS ATLANTIC in South Africa, was sure one of the most gruelling and challenging they have ever encountered, with winds over 50 knots and sea conditions 2 to 3 meter swells and like a washing machine off the West Coast.

Veteran racer Dwayne Schrader said it was absolutely horrendous and the worst he has ever raced in and certainly not for the faint hearted but the organizers certainly had the work cut out with almost a third of the fleet withdrawing or breaking down.

The fastest class being the modified were beaten by the Stock and Pro Stock boats with the first modified finishing 6th overall and that being the veteran Barry Marx.

The 1st overall boat home was a Pro Stock class boat of another veteran racer and also a motor racing legend, Marc Gleed of Brent Oil Team, who proved experience always counts when racing conditions are testing.

The stock boats took the next 3 places ahead of all the Pro stock and Modifieds which once again proves when water conditions are rough it doesn’t matter how fast you are it is all about stamina in Thundercats.

The 2nd overall boat home was Stock class boat of SA Champion Peter Groenenstein, and 3rd overall a Stock class boat of the Kriel brothers coming in 3rd overall, with another Stock boat of EC Meyer coming in 4th overall.

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My reporter Dwayne Schrader also in Stock class taking 5th overall just managing to stay ahead of the first modified of veteran Barry Marx.

The 2nd boat in Pro Stock was Hiltob Otto with 3rd place in Pro Stock going to another veteran racer Des Potgieter.

The 2nd place in Modified went to Johan-Hugo Reinke and 3rd to Christo Bardenhorst.

The finishing positions as given really goes to show it is not about speed, but ability to handle the severe weather conditions encountered on this really gruelling event.

Grant Harrison
Grant is from South Africa and moved to England over 10 years ago.
He is well known in offshore powerboat racing circles due to over 20 years international competition in the sport.