Thundercat And Zapcat Racing Boats Competing On The Same Course
Thundercat And Zapcat Racing Boats Competing On The Same Course – Up to 30 ThunderCat and Zapcat race boats will be competing in a longhaul race between Lymington and Sandown IOW and back.
Up to 30 ThunderCat and Zapcat race boats will be competing in a longhaul race between Lymington and Sandown IOW and back.
A longhaul race is one of 3 ThunderCat Racing disciplines that the teams have to compete in during the season as stipulated by the UIM – (the international governing body).
The Longhaul race is the ultimate in endurance racing – throw in a 4.0m inflatable boat, 2 people, a 50hp outboard engine and 60 miles of battering seas and you have an epic challenge.
For the drivers of the boats who currently lie first and second in the RYA ThunderCat Championship this will be their home race as both are Lymington residents and share a house together!
Bligh Julius and Jack Weller
Bligh Julius who races Team 33 with co-driver Charles Hatfield also from Lymington, go into the next round to be held in their home town this weekend as championship leaders with 137 points. Julius started his powerboat career back in 2007 racing alongside his father. Once he had found his feet he went on to win two RYA National Championships and a UIM European title.
Jack Weller originally from Worthing, and an accomplished sailor is snapping at his house mate’s heals in Unlucky 4 Some with 122 points. Having won the last ThunderCat Racing round held at Saundersfoot West Wales, Weller with co-driver Arron Joyce will go into the Lymington race with renewed confidence that they can overturn the points deficit.
Boats will be launching next to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club from 10am, 19th July once scrutineered and briefed. They will then parade out of Lymington Harbour west towards between Pennington Sewage Mark (red pole with red witches hat on it) and Dunford, a yellow racing buoy with a small pole and a cross on the top.
Once the racing is over, a presentation will take place at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club approx 4pm that afternoon.