Thundercat Racing will be heading to Portsmouth on Sat 27 and Sun 28 June. Taking place on the Southsea seafront at noon, spectators will be able to view this free event from the promenade and beach.
Dubbed the world’s toughest watersport Thundercat Racing at Portsmouth will see 21 4m inflatable boats compete in rounds seven and eight. The inflatable catamarans used are crewed by two people. The sport has three carefully designed disciplines to push teams in all aspects the sea or lake can throw at them. M-Shape is a short course and boats can be seen to fly up to 6m in the air! Circuit is a longer course, and Longhaul/ Enduro is really what separates the men from the mice with a distance of generally 100km.
On Sat 27 and Sun 28 expect to see boats reach speeds of more than 60mph as the teams’ battle for a place in the top 12. As well as being able to view this event from the seafront, spectators will also have a chance to get close to the boats, race crew and support teams thanks to an F1 style pit lane on Castle Fields.
There is much excitement surrounding Thundercat’s arrival in Portsmouth. Race sponsor and event organiser Alan Priddy said “I am delighted that this high octane watersport is coming to Portsmouth as part of the national championships.” However, Priddy also revealed ‘it’s not just the events on the water which I hope will get people excited. Alongside the racing we have set up an F1 style pit lane so people can get up close to the 21 boats, while some of the best bands in Portsmouth will entertain us with live music, alongside archery, land fishing and many other attractions.’
ThunderCat Racing takes place at Southsea seafront, Portsmouth, on Sat 27 and Sun 28 June.
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