The 2016 UK ThunderCat Racing Championship got off to an early start in Bournemouth today with an event supported by Fortitudo Property.
Flat calm seas greeted the 19 strong fleet, which ensured fast racing and with that speed came flips and mechanical issues.
First to withdraw were the Galaxy Girls, (Lynsay Crellin and Jo Foxx) with a broken gear casing while Kingfisher Fire & Security, 51 Racing and Multispark #61 all gave their crews an early bath.
Continuing his winning run from last season was Bligh Julius in Multispark #33. He positively dominated the M Shape circuit heats whilst his 2015 rival James Tapp looked on from his deckchair content with his retirement from racing.
Young Connor Blackman driving Ragworm put in a career best with second overall, while Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took the bronze in their new Microlink/Ahmad Tea hull.
Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts took a worthy 6th overall in their first ever ThunderCat event.
After a short break the hardy racers then tackled a 50 km ‘Enduro’ race.
It was Julius who again took the glory, Simon Matthews and Martin Jerome impressed with a second place, while Rob Davies and Darren Phillips took their second third overall placing of the day.
The ThunderCat competitors will do it all again tomorrow, adding points totals together, which will settle Rounds one and two of the 2016 Championship.
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.