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ThunderCat racing action at Mykonos, South Africa thrills the crowds

It was the Mykonos 7 stars ThunderCat SA National that took place over this past weekend up the coast from Cape Town at this fantastic venue. On Saturday 14 May the surf racing took place and Mykonos surf providing the usual excitement at the starting line. In the pro-stock class some of our more experienced pilots such as Marc Gleed, Wimpie Ackerman, and Dreyer van Niekerk competed against each other as usual, providing plenty of very close racing through the surf. The 1st place being taken by Marc Gleed/Wiltas Leeuwner, 2nd place going to Des Potgieter/Ruan van Tonder and 3RD being taken by the young brothers Dian and Christiaan Beyers. Stock class Raynor Becker/Michael van Geems took 1st place, 2nd place going to SA Champions Pieter Groenenstein/Nicol Parr and 3rd for the day Albrecht de Jager/Jaco Ferreira. Many competitors putting…

Scarborough gets the UK race season off to a flying start

Scarborough served up a weekend of mighty, rolling waves that made surfers smile and powerboat and jet ski racers frown. With the safety of competitors being the primary concern, Saturday’s race programme was almost entirely abandoned and it was by no means certain that the fierce northerly wind and huge swell would die down sufficiently to allow Sunday’s racing to go ahead. But the wild North Sea calmed a little and the P1 fleet of ten race boats and twenty jet ski riders prepared to do battle in the Dale Power Solutions P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea. The P1 SuperStock schedule was extended to three races and the punishing conditions took their toll in the opening race with three boats becoming casualties. It was a baptism of fire for the many new faces in the starting line-up, with…

OCRDA paves the way

The winter months have been spent by Bob McCarthy listening to racers, both new and old, and the result was 20 OCR boats turning out to Torquay this weekend with some stunning racing action not seen for over a decade. Bob has invested his time and energy in many new trainees and they teamed up with some seasoned old hands to create the fleet. Some last minute prepared boats not making it past the first turn buoy meant a slightly diminished fleet of sixteen coming into the harbour turn, appreciated though by Peter Butler on commentary who was struggling to keep up all the new faces. Peter’s knowledge and ability was appreciated by the crowds that gathered to watch. Race 1 was convincingly won by Jeremy Gibson in group 1 with Graham Lawton chasing him all the way. Graham recognising…

XCAT drivers eager for fast, flat racing on Lake Lugano

With just under three weeks to go to the third round of the 2016 UIM XCAT World Powerboating Series, teams are gearing up for some spectacular action in Lugano, Switzerland. This will be the first ever XCAT outing to the stunning Swiss city, and with several roughwater races contested recently, the 14 international teams are hoping for some flat water when racing gets underway on Lago di Lugano from June 4-5. “It’s a different setting so it’s going to be a totally different set-up. Hopefully we can repeat what we achieved in Fujairah and Dubai,” said Victory Team driver Nadir bin Hendi, who together with Arif Al Zaffain, claimed the two opening race wins of the season last month. Swecat’s Mikael Bengtsson, who with Erik Stark, is in second place overall in the fledgling Series standings is also looking forward…

Etasse tests the latest Phantom 19 G

Daniellé Friend captures the maiden voyage of Paul Etasse’s Phantom 19 G – ‘Slayer’ in Saint Peter Port today. Initial testing went well, the Guernsey Man was impressed with the ‘out of the box’ speed. This Evinrude powered UIM Class 3A contender looks to be a serious challenger for the World Championship in Tvedestrand, Norway this year. The Phantom 19 G hull was modified by John Guille to incorporate stepped ventilation and has already taken Gold and Silver in successive 3A World Championships. I showed the pictures to Nick Barsch who worked with Steve Baker on the original Phantom 19 this afternoon in Cornwall and he said, ‘It looks fantastic’. More of Daniellé’s photos here.

The Surf wasn’t Up as Multispark dominate again

Round 4 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship was competed for under blue skies and slight conditions. The racers come here for the surf, although that was absent, the action was fast and furious. It was Déjà vu for podium places today, the same 3 boats did exactly what they did yesterday. James Tapp and Scott Brown took the win in Multispark #61 while Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield had to settle for the runners up spot again, although they had the satisfaction of steering Multispark #33 to a win in the final. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips driving Microlink – Ahmad Tea had another consistent day and had their ‘Le Mans’ start procedure been a little quicker they may have added to their pair of heat wins. In the final analysis, third was a worthy place when racing…

It’s a Multispark 1-2

Making a ‘guest appearance’ for the Multispark Racing Team, 2015 World Champion, James Tapp showed that he hasn’t lost his speed or the ‘will to win’ here at Fistral Beach in Cornwall. Tapp with co-driver Scott Brown won all of the heats they competed in, although in the final, it was their Multispark team mates Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield who got the edge after Tapp nearly ejected Brown. A second place in the final and heat wins were enough to secure Round 3 of the Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship for Tapp and Brown. Julius was contented with his second place, particularly as he split his good prop in one of the earlier heats. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips driving Microlink – Ahmad Tea, had an excellent day. They took 4 heat wins and a third place in the final giving them…

20 strong field for OCRDA Torquay season opener

Bob McCarthy, Chairman of the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA), has mustered an impressive 20 strong entry for the first round of the Aqua Adrenaline Tour to be held at Torquay this weekend. The fleet comprises of 2 classes, Stock (up to 150 hp) and Pro (up to 200 hp). The boats will enjoy 4 heats of racing, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The racers range from newcomers in which McCarthy’s OCRDA have race trained to 2014 UIM 3B World Champion, Jeremy Gibson and 2015 UIM 3A Silver Medalist Jack Bobin. I popped into Torquay today to speak to McCarthy and asked him how he had managed to attract such a healthy fleet, We have worked very hard in training new racers and have leant a hand to some raceboat owners with equipment and other advice. The…

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