ThunderCats are go!

UK powerboat fans are in for a feast of racing this summer when an exciting new offshore event hits the Portsmouth shores, reports former racer Richard Carr.


Organisers of ThunderCat, the UK’s largest single powerboat class, are describing the event as a breathtaking spectacle for all ages.

This year’s event will take place over the weekend of 27th and 28th June 2015 and will feature the vessels racing in the Solent off the Southsea seafront, Portsmouth.

The high-octane race programme, which features specially-designed high-speed inflatable catamarans, is expected to bring in a crowd into the thousands.

Companies in and around Portsmouth along with Alan Priddy’s Team Britannia have teamed up to provide a free, fun, family weekend.

ThunderCat village

Castle Field, a small town off the Southsea Coast, will be turned into a ThunderCat themed village for the weekend featuring music acts, local traders and maritime-themed businesses.

Legendary sailor Alan Priddy said: “We’re really excited to be bringing the 2015 ThunderCat race to Portsmouth.

“We have a two-day free event programme planned for Castle Field in Southsea that will feature an array of music acts, local traders, and maritime-themed businesses from all over the area. We’re really pleased to be working with some of the city’s best-known music venues and brands.

“The attending public will not be disappointed by the action unfolding in front of them. Seeing these high-speed powerboats flying over the surf is a spectacle not to be missed!”

Live music

Well known Portsmouth venues The Cellers at Eastney and the Wedgwood Rooms will provide live music over the weekend, whilst event specialists Love Southsea will run the local trader market.

The ThunderCat season is already underway with rounds one and two of the 2015 calendar having taken place off the Dorset coast at Boscombe Beach. Other venues include Newquay, Swansea, Portsmouth and Malta.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.

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