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Jo Foxx – Rookie ThunderCat Racer and Galaxy Girl

Jo Foxx went through extensive ThunderCat training to enable her to race in 2016 and she made her racing début last weekend at Bournemouth. 35 year old Jo, originally from Poland, now lives and works in London, plying her trade as a fitness manager at the Surrey Docks Watersports Centre. Jo has completed several Marathons and Triathlons and was the 2015 ‘Supreme Galaxy Girls Champion’. Tim Tapping and I met the ‘New Star’ in ThunderCat Racing last Friday, we wished her the best of luck and monitored her progress throughout the Fortitudo Property supported weekend. I thought it would be good to have a ‘catch up’ with Jo today and ask her a few questions about her first event. JM: You were slightly concerned about your first race in the ‘Galaxy Girls’ ThunderCat boat, how was it when you got…

Haggis Hunters ThunderCat Team make a quick exit

David Finlayson and Mike Littler thrilled the crowds at Bournemouth last weekend after they ejected from their ThunderCat during the Fortitudo Property supported event. David a proud Scott, said afterwards, It’s lucky I wasn’t wearing my kilt – The spectators on the beach would have got a real show! Thanks to  Mike Powell for the photo sequence.

UK ThunderCat Racing – Bligh’s Bournemouth blitz

Rounds one and two of the 2016 UK ThunderCat Racing Championship were settled in Bournemouth today. The event was supported by Offshore Racer, Ricard Carr’s Fortitudo Property company. Carr told me, It is great to see so many competitors and spectators at the event this early in the season. I’m really pleased to support this event and am encouraged to the see the passion of the competitors. The final heats of the M-Shape discipline were run with over night leader Bligh Julius holding  on to his advantage. I split my best prop yesterday and was in a dilemma of what to use today. Dave Harwood of Steel developments told me that it was the perfect opportunity to test other propellers today. It ended up with Team Multispark M-Shape One – Two, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown took an extremely well earned silver, considering…

Alan Priddy re-launches round the world record bid

• Attempt to beat current record by more than a week • Team Britannia will showcase best of UK’s marine industry • Boat will be powered by fuel emulsion that will significantly cut pollution British ocean racing legend Alan Priddy will this week re-launch a multi-million pound round the world record bid in a revolutionary semi-wave slicing powerboat run on a fuel emulsion that slashes harmful emissions. Mr Priddy hopes to shave up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune. The boat has been designed by Professor Bob Cripps, former Technical Director of VT Halmatic. It will slice through the waves, rather than surfing them, with its super-efficient design, a variant of the “fast displacement hull”. This reduces fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and…

Victory Team XCAT clean sweep

Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi put the finishing touches to a perfect weekend’s racing with victory in the Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run in Dubai on Saturday. Competing in the second round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series, the Victory Team duo had already claimed top honours in the race for Emaar Pole Position and then also in the Dubai GP on Friday. So the Speed Cat Run victory completed their clean sweep of the weekend’s events and saw them extending their lead at the top of the overall Series standings after victory at the Fujairah GP last weekend as well. Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi now have a 31-point lead over the Swecat Racing team of Erik Stark and Mikael Bengtsson who are second while the Dubai 33 pair of Salem Al Adidi and…

UK ThunderCat racers have an early season start in Bournemouth

The 2016 UK ThunderCat Racing Championship got off to an early start in Bournemouth today with an event supported by Fortitudo Property. Flat calm seas greeted the 19 strong fleet, which ensured fast racing and with that speed came flips and mechanical issues. First to withdraw were the Galaxy Girls, (Lynsay Crellin and Jo Foxx) with a broken gear casing while Kingfisher Fire & Security, 51 Racing and Multispark #61 all gave their crews an early bath. Continuing his winning run from last season was Bligh Julius in Multispark #33. He positively dominated the M Shape circuit heats whilst his 2015 rival James Tapp looked on from his deckchair content with his retirement from racing. Young Connor Blackman driving Ragworm put in a career best with second overall, while Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took the bronze in their new…

Victory Team’s Al-Zafeen and Bin Hendi beat Dubai 33 in Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run final

After clinching a sensational second position behind Victory Team in Friday afternoon’s rescheduled Dubai Grand Prix, the Team Abu Dhabi’s 5 crew of Faleh Al-Mansoori and Rashed Al-Tayer were thrown headlong into Dubai Duty Free Speed Cat Run action on Saturday at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). The luck of the draw worked against both teams on this occasion and they were pitted together in the first of the heats instead of what could so easily have been the final. Victory Team’s Arif Saif Al-Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi prevailed in the heat and went on to beat Dubai 33’s Salem Al-Adidi and Eisa Al-Ali in a thrilling all-local final. T-Bone Station’s Giovanni Carpitella and Marco Pennesi comfortably won the third-placed play-off against Team Australia’s Pal-Virik Nilsen and Brett Luhrmann. “It wasn’t meant to be today, but that’s the…

Double Dubai delight for Victory XCAT Team

Another week, another win for the Victory Team. Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi continued their dominance of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Series with victory at the second round – the Dubai GP this afternoon. While they didn’t head to the front from the start, an almost perfect long lap strategy saw the pair taking the lead in the ninth lap and eventually powering to a 17-second win over secondplaced Abu Dhabi Team 5. It had been Abu Dhabi 5’s Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori who powered into the lead after a sensational start from the second gate. But the duo just couldn’t build up enough of a lead to keep in front of the high-flying Victory Team who simply blew any opposition away. The battle for third spot was eventually where all the action was…

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