Thrilling water sports event racing its way to Caernarfon

Date 28/02/2017
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Lt Colonel Mark Powell of the 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, Fiona Pascoe of ThunderCats and Councillor Ioan Thomas at the Gwynedd Council offices, discussing the upcoming ThunderCat event

Thrilling water sports event racing its way to Caernarfon

Caernarfon and the nearby Menai Straits are set to host a major water sports event this summer as the ThunderCat Racing tour makes its way to the north Wales coast for the very first time.

ThunderCat Racing will make a splash in Caernarfon on the weekend of 17 to 18 June, when spectators can watch each crew of two zip their inflatable catamarans - each powered by a 50hp motor - along the Straits. Boats can reach speeds of up to 50 knots and the popular event is set to attract significant crowds of thrill-seekers, as they follow the tour across the UK.

Councillor Ioan Thomas, a Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member welcomed the news of the event, saying that 17 and 18 June promises to be a weekend to remember in Caernarfon. He said: “It’s very good news that the ThunderCats have agreed to come to Caernarfon for a weekend of exiting racing. The Saturday session will be part of the North Wales Armed Forces Day and at least one team will include ex-military personnel that have had life changing injuries. I would like to thank Lt Colonel Mark Powell for his input in organising the event.

“It’s realistic to expect some 10,000 visitors over the weekend and this should help the town’s businesses. The races will take place on the stretch of water by the town’s Promenade with permission from the Harbour Trust and onlookers will be able to see the competitive racing and  the entertainment will be free. The ThunderCats draw a loyal group of enthusiasts who follow the teams around Britain.

“A meeting will be held soon with local businesses to provide more information about the weekend and the opportunities which will arise from the event. Initial discussions have already taken place with both the Royal Welsh Yacht Club and the Sailing Club.”

Fiona Pascoe, Director of ThunderCat Racing UK, said: “After a meeting with Councillor Ioan Thomas and associates, we can confirm that ThunderCat Racing UK will be coming to Caernarfon. Teams from around the UK are all excited to be competing in such an idyllic setting, steeped in history both on and off the water. This high speed, action packed and thrilling to watch sport will definitely entertain the crowds and bring excitement on the shorelines. Highlighting the event will be our 2016 Welsh UK Champions Rob Davies and Darren Phillips Team Magor Racing.

“If anyone would like to be part of the ThunderCat experience, we are all about inclusivity and offer event organisation experience to students as well as the avid supports of powerboating who just want to be in the hub of it.  So please contact tracey@thunderuk.com for further information.

“We wish to thank Councillor Ioan Thomas for inviting us to join this spectacular event.”

The event which is governed by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) will feature 24 four-metre inflatable catamarans which are all fitted with a powerful 2 stroke 50 hp outboard motor which makes it such an adrenalin thrill ride for the competitors. But the popular events also provide an exciting and entertaining spectacle for those watching from the shore.

The weekend looks set to be a fantastic event for the whole family. During the weekend, Caernarfon will also host the annual north Wales Armed Forces Day on 17 June. More details about the weekend activities will be available over the coming months.

For more information about the ThunderCat Racing tour, visit: www.thundercatracing.com