//ThunderCat Racing at the International Mersey River Festival

ThunderCat Racing at the International Mersey River Festival

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the Liverpool waterfront next weekend (3rd, 4th and 5th June) for the International Mersey River Festival.

The Event promises a programme of waterborne activities, live music and will play host to the Northern Boat Show.

For racing fans, Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship will be competed for on the River Mersey.

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Enduro Course

The racers will be competing in 4 ‘Enduro races’ of 45 km each, 2 races each to be held on both Saturday and Sunday from midday.

Between the races, there will be ThunderCat ‘Drag Racing’, 3 to 4 boats will sprint 500 m from a standing start, the fastest 3 boats over the weekend will in line for prize money, ‘bragging rights’ and will be presented their trophies by 2016 Miss Liverpool, Molly McEntee-Morris.

Drag Racing Course
Drag Racing Course

There will also be Tall Ships on display, Flyboarding demonstrations, the Industry Pro Wakeboard Tour, Canoe Polo, a Jet Ski Stunt Display Team with opportunities for ‘first timers’ to have a go on the water.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

There will be live music throughout the weekend, on Friday, from 5pm, BBC Music Day will be showcasing emerging and established bands, on Saturday Shola Ama and Soul II Soul will be headlining and to cap the weekend off on Sunday, Billy Ocean will be performing ‘When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going’, a fairly apt song for a ThunderCat Racer.

International Mersey River Festival Guide

John Moore
John raced Offshore Class 3 in the 80’s & 90’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He is the Editor of powerboatracingworld.com