The British ThunderCat Racing series has always taken great pride in their mission statement, ‘Racing For Inclusivity’, inspiring all to experience tough competition and great camaraderie.
With that in mind, the ever popular P750 discipline welcomes a new all girl team – ‘Galaxy Girls / Ahmad Tea’ for the 2016 season.
Lynsay Crellin, whose CV in ThunderCat racing ranks favourably alongside male competitors in this ‘Extreme Sport’, will head up the fledgling outfit as ‘Team Manager’ and ‘Mentor’ to a ‘rookie crew’ that has been selected by former offshore powerboat racer, Sarah Donohue.
Sarah, who oversees the Miss Galaxy Universe contest, a fitness show based around performance and functionality, has chosen contestants Jo Foxx and Ria Pandey to race for the team.
Both Jo and Ria have gone through the extensive ThunderCat training to enable their 2016 licences, although for the first race, to be held in Bournemouth on the 16th – 17th of this month, Jo will be racing with her Team Manager, Lynsay.
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’, she told me today, ‘I am really looking forward to this opportunity, I have to thank everyone that has made it possible and I will give it my best with Lynsay in the Aquarius hull in a few weeks time’.
Ria, will be in competition for the second event of the ThunderCat Championship, to be held in Cornwall.
As well as being a ‘Galaxy Girl’, she recently joined the British Army – Royal Signals Reserve, has rowed for the Thames Rowing Club, completed Half Marathons ‘barefoot’, ran a full Marathon, tackled a 100 mile ‘London Prudential’ bike ride and has signed on for an Ultra Marathon this October.
It would appear that the male ThunderCat racers should make their way to the Gym fairly quickly – These ladies mean business!
You can watch Rounds 1 & 2 (supported by Fortitudo Property Ltd) of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat British Championship from Bournemouth Beach on the 16th and of 17th April.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.