ThunderCat speedboat racing will be heading to Portsmouth on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, thanks to Clean Fuel Ltd.
Dubbed the world’s toughest watersport, 21 four-metre inflatable boats will compete in rounds 7 & 8 of the ThunderCat National Championships.
Under the power of their 50hp outboard the boats can reach speeds of more than 60mph as the teams battle for pole positions, a place in the top 12 and ultimately the winners trophy.
Spectators will be able to view this free event from the promenade and beach, while an “F1 style pit lane” on Castle Fields, will allow those attending to get close to the boats, race crew and support teams.
Race sponsor and event organiser Alan Priddy commented: “ThunderCat racing is high octane, high adrenaline, high drama speedboat racing at its best – and we have some of the best teams in the country heading to Portsmouth.”
He continued: “What most people love about Thundercat Racing is the boats are launched from the beach and race close to the shore so you can see everything – the ups, downs and spills as the boats hit speeds of 60mph."
Alongside the racing, spectators will be entertained by live music and activities. For more detail please check out our twitter feed.
Mr Priddy continued: “Speaking personally I am particularly pleased that Team Endeavour, a boat crewed by injured and wounded servicemen and women will taking part in the races skippered by our very own Captain Stuart Croxford.”
Captain Croxford is a member of Team Britannia, the round the world record attempt, which will set off later this year. Cpt Croxford is heading up the Wounded and Injured Servicemen/women programme (WIS) which will help to select and train up to 16 people for the round the world bid and is being supported by the Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund.
Mr Priddy concluded: “I am so pleased that that we have been able to secure ThunderCat racing for the City for the second year in a row. It will be quite a spectacle, fast action packed racing, with the boats and their crew being pushed to the limits.
“While away from the water people will be able to look at the F1 style pit lane. This will allow any petrol head or power boating enthusiast to see these incredible machines as they are repaired and rebuilt, while being entertained by some of the best bands from Portsmouth. It promises to be a remarkable weekend and free to local residents.”