//Tough conditions create great racing for the 2nd day of the ThunderCat Trans Atlantic

Tough conditions create great racing for the 2nd day of the ThunderCat Trans Atlantic

The Trans Atlantic once again on day 2 has provided plenty of action with 45 boats competing in four classes, being Novice, Stock, Pro-stock and Modified.

The extreme weather due to the huge storm of the Cape resulted in the racing being moved from Club Mykonos to Yzerfontein down the coast where there was more sheltered waters to enable rescue of boats.

The windy conditions had subsided to a large degree but the sea had not so was still very rough with plenty of white crests.

Marc Gleed and Christian Byers / Brent Oil Team
Marc Gleed and Christian Byers / Brent Oil Team

The top man on the day in overall top position, was once again the very experienced Pro- Stock class driver, Marc Gleed with Christian Byers as co-pilot in the Brent Oil Team boat who led the way from start to finish in the long haul and winning it by a massive 12 min and they went on to win the two surf heats as well.

Second place in Pro-Stock to Hilton and Nathan Otto in PH Plant Hire and 3rd to Des Potgieter and Raun von Tonder of Clemen Gold team.

Des Potgieter and Raun von Tonder / Clemon Gold
Des Potgieter and Raun von Tonder / Clemen Gold

Stock class once again had the largest number of entries with 17 boats with current SA champion Peter Groenenstein of Team Valumax and Nichol Parr taking first, the Kriel brothers of Big Five Manor taking second once again and 3rd place being Marius van Zyl and Marius Fourie in Team Liquorland.

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Novice as always had good field of starters with 11 boats with J Kloosterziel and JP de Witt of Team Aquarius, taking first place, ahead of Marco Smit with Chris Botha of the Smitson team and 3rd going to Herman Havenga and Adri of Team Vannel.

The noisy Modified class put on a great show as always with first place going with this time Wade Ball and Eben de Bod in the Land Rover Wizard team taking first ahead of yesterdays winner Barry Marx with Francois Frazer in the Century Electrical ThunderCat and 3rd place going to Roco Erasmus and Stephan le Roux in the AA Works team boat.

The Trans Atlantic has an added dimension to it with the Jet Ski’s adding a further 11 entries with the 1st place going to Shaun Lambrechts of AJ Printing, 2nd place being taken by Shaub in Flying Arab and 3rd place taken by Anwar Levy of the Jive Team.

The final day looks forward to far better sea conditions which will certainly alter the placings again.

With thanks to Heinrich Sauer Photography for all images.

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.