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 against multi champions Tapp and Julius.
Chef, Offshore 3A World Champion and Topsham celebrity, Tom Williams was having a very solid morning competing in the heats until he decided to try out something different.
Williams has been racing his ThunderCat for nearly 3 years and experienced his first flip today. Getting boxed in and hitting the wakes of leading boats, Broad Bean rose to the sky, performed a somersault and landed the wrong way up.
Galaxy Girls, Joanna Foxx and Ria Pandey were racing together for the first time this weekend, while learning their new trade they certainly enthralled the spectators and many snappers with their airborne antics.
Jo from Poland is obviously following the in tradition of daredevil Polish flyers as she had ‘Galaxy Girls – Ahmad Tea’ aiming for the sky on numerous occasions.
The top 3 boats in all 4 rounds have been engineered by Ocean Racing.
Geoff Purves, a veteran Offshore Racer is now the ‘man to go to’ when it comes to Tohatsu preparation.
His engines rarely experience mechanical issues and it’s no surprise that his customers take podium place after podium place.
Next, the ThunderCat Circus travels north to Liverpool to contend Rounds 5 and 6 on the 3rd and 4th of June.
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.