• James Tapp

Caernarfon and Mersey Rounds of ThunderCat Racing Championship

It’s been an exciting season of racing so far with great events held at both Caernarfon and Liverpool. As I have been a little quiet on the blog for a while, I thought I would give an update on how both events went and give an update of the state of the championships.

Rounds five and six held in Caernarfon were part of the North Wales Armed Forces Day. The reception that the ThunderCat community received from all the locals was excellent and the racing was challenging. What was brilliant about Caernarfon was the way that we engaged with the military forces, training five members of the armed forces (Navy, Army and Air Force) through the weekend; culminating in them eventually competing against each other. On Sunday the final involved the army racing against Endeavour (our veteran team), with Endeavour winning.

We also had a brilliant reception from the Royal Welsh Yacht Club where they actually fired their guns for the start of our racing each day…that was a great thrill!

Great crowds gathered in Liverpool to watch rounds seven and eight during National Armed Forces Weekend. The battles between the teams was as intense as ever but even more challenging due to the unforgiving Mersey tidal conditions.

It was a spectacular event to be involved with, plenty for the public to see, including the Tall Ships and several military vessels. After our racing finished, teams were happy to demonstrate to the crowds in Albert Dock, alongside the awesome armada of tall ships.…the organisers loved what they saw and are inviting us back next year.

The current state of the championships sees Magor Racing steaming ahead with Gemini Marine UK leading the chasing pack. Pro Marine, Nationwide Assistance Group and Bulletproof/Pulton Properties are all battling out for those second and third places.

In the Modified Section, Team 55 - Ocean Racing has its neck out in front by one point of 51 Racing with Broad Bean close behind.

Fiona Pascoe, Director of Thundercat Racing UK said, ‘It has been great to see so many teams on the podium this year and the race for 2nd and 3rd place in Prostock is going to be interesting one, right up until the last race.’

Next stop is Clevedon for rounds nine and ten of the RYA ThunderCat Racing Championship on the 12th and 13th August 2017.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

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