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Newquay hosted Rounds 3 & 4 of the RYA National Championship...

ThunderCat Racing UK headed to Fistral Beach, Newquay on Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd April for rounds 3 & 4 of their RYA British Championship. The two-day event saw the teams from across the country, battle through the conditions all weekend to gain points for the prestigious National Championship title. Not to be confused with any other sport ThunderCat Racing is the ultimate in inflatable powerboat racing – faster and harder than ever seen before.

Over 20 competitors descended on Newquay’s Fistral Beach and the competition took place in a purpose built, beach pit area. Fistral is one of the world’s most famous surfing spots. ThunderCat teams had to contend with all weather conditions including, large waves, wind, sun, rain and fog. This series is certainly not a new concept, nor constrained to the UK. Born out of South Africa over 30 years ago, the sport has now spanned to more than 21 countries all adopting the same UIM global rules and classifications. It is the ultimate spectator experience; close to shore circuits ensure all the action can be seen from the comfort of your deck chair! The race director, Fiona Pascoe said: “Everyone was so excited to be going back to Newquay, UK’s surf hub. Fistral is one of the team’s favorite venues and never fails to provide us with one of the most challenging rounds of the Championship.” Following the Fistral Beach competition, the action will move to Southampton where a 100k long-haul race will take place in the Solent on 23rd June. Competition was extremely tight with veteran racers and ex World Champion James Tapp & Scott Brown, Team Multispark bringing home the gold for Round 7, whilst new boys on the block Jon Cotgreave and Jordan le Bon, Team Kingfisher Fire & Security impressed everyone on the shore winning Round 8. Having only been trained by James Tapp less than a month prior this is an exceptional result for the new Kingfisher Fire & Security team. The series is always looking for more volunteers and racers to join their community, to get involved or to find out more information visit:

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