Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Championship – Watergate Bay
Nineteen ThunderCat teams have entered this weekend’s battle against the surf at Watergate Bay, Newquay in Cornwall.
The weather forecast of strong winds throughout the Event is the highest priority on the Organisers minds.
UK ThunderCat Racing’s Fiona Pascoe told me today;
We are monitoring the weather closely. Our competitors love the surf events and we will do everything possible to put on safe racing at Watergate Bay.
If the weather looks interesting, the entry list is even more so.
Microlink-Ahmad Tea from Wales, Rob Davies and Darren Phillips, hold a slender 10 point lead over Multispark Racing 61, Gary Tolman and Scott Brown, in the Team Championship.
17 points behind their team mates are Multispark Racing 33, Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield. The uber experienced pairing have used the latter part of the season as a springboard to the UIM P750 World Championship, due to be held in South Africa early next year.
The team are quick and while Hatfield’s focus is not in doubt, it will be interesting to see how many Cornish Pasties Julius consumes over the weekend.
Sean Fisher and Grant Pittard, both from South Africa and both former World Champions, love a ‘bit of surf’, they will relish everything Watergate Bay and God throws at them in their boat, Servest.
Another South African, Basil Cook will be holding the tiller in Galaxy Girls-Ahmad Tea with co-driver Jo Foxx from Poland. If the rumours are true, Jo has been holding Basil’s tiller on the recent odd occasion – Another romance made in ThunderCat World.
Darryn Harrison who was born in South Africa and was recently thrown out of Marrakech for having the wrong coloured beard goes into the Event with his co-driver James Ion on a high.
Their new BobKat hull – Moku-Evolution 5 is showing signs of being a potential World beater with its speed. Harrison knows the surf well and Watergate Bay will be an ideal proving ground for his father Grant’s new design.
Topsham chef, hotelier, fog horn enthusiast and Gin drinker Tom Williams (left) also enters the event on a high.
His family run business, The Salutation Inn recently won the Food and Travel Reader Awards 2016 – Bed and Breakfast of the Year.
His lovely partner Amelia works with Tom 70 hours a week, lives with him for the rest and is his biggest supporter on the beach at ThunderCat events.
Tom Zierer and Ben Backhouse are making the long trip to Cornwall from the Channel Island of Guernsey with hopefully a case of Breda.
Sam and Daisy Coleman fresh from their 2016 Powerboat P1 Superstock Championship win at Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago are also on the entry list.
The brother and sister pairing had initial ThunderCat training earlier this year and are under going further tuition in Moku – Bobkat / Team Endeavour this week.
Racing on both Saturday and Sunday is due to start at 12.00.
Main Photo: ThunderCat Racing at Watergate Bay, 2015 – Tim Tapping
Microlink-Ahmad Tea: Mike Powell
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.