Thundercat racing live at Bournemouth beach!

Former British champion powerboat racer Richard Carr has completed his first guest column for one of the UK’s largest powerboat news outlets,


Richard will use his own website and his guest columns on to discuss powerboat news and also document his own return to the sport later this year, which will see him take part in the Cowes Torquay Cowes and Venture World Cup Round Ireland race.

In his first column, Richard looked ahead to next month’s first ThunderCat race weekend of the year in Bournemouth. As well as previewing the race, Richard explored the work that goes on behind the scenes and how there’s much more than meets the eye to ThunderCat.

Richard’s employers, Fortitudo Property, are also title sponsors of the event.

A preview of his column can be read below.

There’s far more to ThunderCat Racing than meets the eye, though. On one side is the powerboat racing and all the thrills and spills that take place out on the seas, however their main objective is to use powerboat racing as a tool to encourage networking between local and national businesses.

They also work with ‘Team Endeavour Racing’ part of the Endeavour Fund, supported by the Royal Foundation. This two boat veteran team with their large on land crew will be competing in the 2016 championship.

The project is solely managed, raced and supported by its own WIS personnel and veterans. Who thrive in a challenging marine environment to develop, inspire and challenge in a demanding and difficult time, the transition from Armed Forces into a secure and rewarding civilian career.

Mark Lloyd ex paratrooper told me: “Having both PTS (post-traumatic stress) and physical problems, makes it hard not only with regards to day to day living but also being able to envisage a positive future where I am able to pursue hobbies and achieve ambitions. Being part of team endeavour last season has enabled me to compete with others at a national and International level without being disadvantaged by my disabilities.”

Read the column in full:

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