• James Tapp

Looking Forward to the ThunderCat Racing World Championship 2017

We are really looking forward to the ThunderCat World Championships, otherwise known as the UIM P750 World Championship that are to take place between the 3rd and 11th March in Cape Town, South Africa.

ThunderCat Racing is a one of the world’s most exhilarating water sports and is popular in more than 20 countries and growing. The primary purpose of a ThunderCat is to race at high speeds in surf of up to 5 metres and wind speeds of up to 45 knots. Crews consist of a driver and a co-driver. The driver sits in the rear of the ThunderCat, while the co-driver uses his weight to adjust the trim of the boat. Surf racing usually takes place as close to the shoreline as possible, ensuring an amazing spectacle for those on the shore, and fabulous racing for the race teams.

The sport has a mass appeal to all ages offering fantastic entertainment. Thousands of spectators now follow ThunderCat Racing, which is positioning itself as one of the most prominent water sports of the twenty first century.

Boost Performance Racing is hosting the event in South Africa together with support from the SA-IRA (South African Inflatable Racing Association) The event has been endorsed by SASCOC (South African Sports Council and Olympic Committee), UIM (International Powerboating Association) PSA (Powerboat South Africa) and the City of Cape Town.

This event has attracted almost double the entries compared to previous World Championships. Fifty Eight teams will compete for top honours during the five days of racing. Teams from Germany, Russia, Ireland, UK, China, Sweden and South Africa will be representing their countries.

Teams will compete in an exciting two day surf circuit race at Bloubergstrand, Doodles on the 4th and 5th of March 2017. Then teams will race in an area bound long haul (150km) in Table Bay on the 7th of March. The race will start at Doodles (Bloubergstrand). First checkpoint will be a buoy close to Robben Island, second check point at Milnerton, close to Lagoon Beach Hotel and back to Doodles. Teams will have to complete 5 laps of 30km each.

Finally, teams will then race a flat water circuit at Oceana Powerboat club, V&A Waterfront, on the 9th and 10th of March.

We are really looking forward to the racing and wish our British contingent every success in their racing.

To find out more about the championship, visit or their Facebook page for live updates during the event.

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