Watergate Bay set to host UK Zapcat racing championships

Posted: June 19, 2013 by kirisyko in Powerboat racing, Water
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Powerboat racers from all over the country will descend on Cornwall later this month for the Thundercat 2013 national championships.

The Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay is set to host the 7th and 8th rounds of the competition over the weekend of June 28-30.

 Zapcats, powered by 50hp outboard engines,  can reach speeds of up to 60mph  Picture: Emily Whitfield-Wicks
Zapcats, powered by 50hp outboard engines, can reach speeds of up to 60mph Picture: Emily Whitfield-Wicks

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out to watch the event and, with the course just ten metres from the shoreline, spectators will be able to get close up to the action to get a great view of boats.

Powered by 50 horsepower outboard engines, Thundercats are four-metre-long inflatable catamarans, which are capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph in a thrilling spectacle for watching crowds.

Each boat is crewed by two people – a driver and a co-pilot to stabilise the boat and achieve the greatest speed possible around the M-shaped course.

Will Ashworth of Watergate Bay Hotel said: “This is the second time we’ve hosted the Thundercat national championships and we’re delighted to be involved in such a unique event again.

“The sport is really different from anything else we host at Watergate Bay.

“The races are adrenaline-filled and it’s a lot of fun to watch, so it’ll make a great warm up for the world championships later this year.”

The June event will see teams earn points across heats throughout the weekend with the chance to earn double points in the final round on Sunday.

As well as earning vital points in the national championships, many crews will be using the two-day event as preparation for the world championships which are to be held at Watergate Bay and Pentewan Sands over the weekend of October 11-13.


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