The ThunderCat Powerboat Racing calendar…the Solent Long-haul 

By | June 19, 2018

Round five of the RYA P750 ThunderCat Racing British Championship is due to take place on Saturday 23 June 2018 from Universal Marina, Hamble.

Called the Solent Long-haul, this event is a departure from the usual type of ThunderCat Racing you will see across the UK. Instead of the normal just off the shore racing, the ThunderCat powerboats will face a gruelling 100km across the Solent….a true test of endurance and bravery.

Fourteen teams, racing in four-metre long inflatable catamarans with 50 horsepower motors, will be launched and recovered at Warsash; the Racing will start from Lepe buoy opposite Lepe beach and head down to Sconce buoy opposite Hurst Castle, then up to Gurnard buoy, Gurnard, Isle of Wight. The boats could reach speeds of up to 70mph. Expert powerboat commentator Shelley Jory-Leigh will cover the race live on Facebook Live.

Currently leading the main championship is ‘Bulletproof’ closing followed by ‘Multispark Racing’. In the modified section ‘Ocean Racing’ has a commanding lead.

ThunderCat Racing is one of the world’s most exhilarating water sports. The primary purpose of a ThunderCat is surf racing, and they race at high speeds in the surf of up to 5 metres, and wind speeds up to 45 knots. Crews consist of a driver and a co-driver. The driver drives from the rear of the ThunderCat, while the co-driver uses his weight to adjust the trim of the boat.

For more details about this event, visit the dedicated event page on the ThunderCat Racing website at

This story is from the RYA.

Category: RYA