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|ThunderCats hit the UK|
ThunderCat racing, which involves close-fought action between lightweight 4-metre inflatable catamaran racing powerboats, is currently enjoying a huge surge in popularity, with racing set to take place in 18 countries during 2012.
The UK is no exception. Seven rounds will make up the 2012 RYA National Championship series, combining three different styles of racing; surf racing; flat-water circuit racing; and endurance long-haul racing, where teams test their stamina over a 60 mile long course.
The first round will be held at Cornwall’s world-renowned Watergate Bay, with sandy beach and excellent spectator opportunities. Subsequent venues include Bournemouth, Lowestoft and Folkestone.
Organisers are expecting an excellent turn out; interest in ThunderCat racing, which can see driver and co-pilot push the boats to speeds of up to 65mph, has gathered real momentum recently.
James Tapp the UK’s Events Coordinator explains: “The TC Racing team has worked really hard to bring new exciting venues for both the general public and competitors as well as improving the overall safety through better rules and education of competitors.”
Race organiser, Fiona Pascoe, comments: “The sport has developed a sustainable mix of affordable and competitive racing – new teams are entering every year and they are even joining from other racing series to get a bit of the action. We are not recession proof but we must be doing something right to be growing in the present climate!”