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 into ‘active competition’?
JF: It was nothing that I was expecting! Although I was feeling confident being in the boat with Lynsay Crellin (an experienced ThunderCat racer), this definitely put me in ‘the comfort box’. My adrenaline ‘hit the top’ and I loved it.
JM: Needing to be so fit in your day job as a ‘fitness manager’, this surely must have helped with the rigours of ThunderCat competition?
JF: Aww Yes! My fitness experience helped me a lot.This sport is extremely physically demanding and I was happy with my personal performance.
JM: Your next ThunderCat race is in Cornwall at Fistral Beach, what will you take there with your Bournemouth experiences?
JF: I learned few bits about staying safe, which this year is all about for me. The next race surfing in a ThunderCat will be a massive challenge, I’m sure gaining the knowledge about how to approach the big waves will help.
JM: UK ThunderCat racing has a mission statement, ‘Racing For Inclusivity’, the Championship boasts Guys and Girls, Young and Old, Ex-Serviceman who have lost limbs in combat and racers from many different countries. Is this something that attracts you to the Series?
JF: This is one of the main things. ThunderCat racing is amazing. It’s incredible that all the people I meet are so different, but at the end of the day we are all somehow connected by having the same passion for life.
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.