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Trans Atlantic ThunderCat Racing in South Africa not for the faint hearted

The 22nd year running of the famous TRANS ATLANTIC in South Africa, was sure one of the most gruelling and challenging they have ever encountered, with winds over 50 knots and sea conditions 2 to 3 meter swells and like a washing machine off the West Coast. Veteran racer Dwayne Schrader said it was absolutely horrendous and the worst he has ever raced in and certainly not for the faint hearted but the organizers certainly had the work cut out with almost a third of the fleet withdrawing or breaking down. The fastest class being the modified were beaten by the Stock and Pro Stock boats with the first modified finishing 6th overall and that being the veteran Barry Marx. The 1st overall boat home was a Pro Stock class boat of another veteran racer and also a motor racing…

Stuart Croxford – ThunderCat competitor

The ThunderCat Event held at Bournemouth last weekend, was not only a success on the water, it served to remind me why I continue to follow the UK inflatable catamaran series with such passion. I had a beer and a chat with Stuart Croxford, a ThunderCat racer the night before the Event and he told me about his racing plans and other objectives for the 2016 season with Team Endeavour. Anything I could write in a note book or record on my phone that night couldn’t tell the story better than this article from blesma.org. Stuart Croxford, an amputee, Blesma Member, and Project Manager of Team Endeavour Racing, is leading the charge into ThunderCat racing for those who’ve been hurt in combat. “The only real negative is getting in and out of the boat, which can be tricky with one leg,” says Stuart, who…

Anglo-Polish Team – Sunus Ocean Racing are preparing for the Cowes Torquay Cowes

Sunus Ocean Racing has come from a mould that was taken from a 1982 Steve Baker / 30′ Phantom hull ‘Warlord’ in 2007. With Baker overseeing the project, the hull was stretched by 2′. Nick Gilley and Jon Fuller then successfully campaigned the 32′ Phantom hull ‘Swipewipes’ in the 2008 Round Britain Powerboat Race and 6 Cowes Torquay Cowes events. Madness Marine Racing owned by Michał Galczewski and based in Poland purchased the moulds a couple of years ago and their first boat is in now in the final rigging stage. The new 32′ hull proudly boasts a pair of Evinrude 300hp Outboards. Testing will start on the Baltic Sea shortly to understand engine heights before fitting an ‘in-house’ designed ‘stand off bracket’ for the motors to sit on. Galczewski will then team up with the British based food entrepreneur and…

The BPRC opens entries to the Cowes Classic 2016

The British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC) has today issued Advance Programmes and Entry Forms for its Cowes Torquay Cowes and Cowes Poole Cowes races to be held on September 4th. The longest running offshore racing event in the World is now into its 56th year. The contest was the brainchild of the newspaper tycoon and second world war fighter pilot Sir Max Aitken, who had seen the Miami-Nassau Powerboat Race that began in 1956. At the time, powerboat racing was a perfect fit with America’s affluent profile. It was spectacular, and offered upwardly mobile enthusiasts an opportunity to compete on level terms with their old-money counterparts. At the London Boat Show in January 1961, Sir Max proposed that a similar race should be staged in England between Cowes and Torbay. The concept gripped the public’s imagination, and there was huge…

Guernsey issues 2016 race calendar

The Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) have today issued their 2016 race calendar. 10 races will be run over 5 weekends to determine the Guernsey Club Class Champions in the Stanley Gibbons Investments sponsored series. Over the weekend of July 23rd – 24th the club will welcome crews from the mainland who will compete in two rounds of the RYA British National Championship. The GPA goes into its third year after a successful ‘reboot’ in 2014 which included hosting the UM 3A and 3B World Championships.

Strong V8 Superboats field heads to Temora for ANZAC event

2016 Australian V8 Superboat Championships Allcott Hire Park, Lake Centenary, Temora, NSW 21 April, 2016 A strong field of title contenders will converge on Allcott Hire Park at Lake Centenary in Temora on April 23, for the second round of the 2016 Australian V8 Superboats Championship for an ANZAC Memorial race, which will also feature the first round of the Colin Parish Memorial Trophy. Three-time Australian Unlimited Superboat champion Phonsy Mullan leads the field, the Victorian looking for back-to-back wins in the 2016 championship after dominating the opening round at Griffith over the Easter weekend, although it took the RAMJET Racing driver two boats to finish the job after his legendary twin-turbo powered machine suffered a rare mechanical failure during qualifying. Fortunately we had our 500ci V8 powered machine at the circuit so we just switched over some drive parts…

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.

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