How do I get involved?
Thundercat Racing is an open series which means any boat and engine that suits our rules are most welcome to join in the fun – Gemini, Ceasar, Aquarius, Rat Cat, X Cat, Wild Cat amongst others. All these boats are suited to the UK and European waters. Weighing less than 150kg including a 50hp out-board motor and accessories.
The ultimate toy for pleasure or to race!
A power to weight ratio of 340 bhp per tonne puts these inflatable boats firmly in super car territory.
Capable of handling rough seas and large surf. They have the capability but do you…. with proper training man and machine can be as one in the wildest of conditions.
Never worry about the boat being flooded as the water runs straight through the aluminum transom. If you capsize the boat, with ease you can right the craft similar to dingy racing.
Excellent fuel efficiency – due to its lightweight and tunnel boat design, a Thundercat is over 4 times more fuel-efficient than regular mono-hull powerboats and Jet skis.
You can use your car to tow – less than 300kg including trailer.
The catamaran design maintains stability whether stationary or at speed.
For Recreational purposes you can use the boat for fishing, water-skiing, wake-boarding or for the sheer thrill get the donut out and have fun with the kids… when its time for adrenaline just turn up and race, its as easy as that!!!
Thundercat Racing is the most economic form of series that has no restrictions to where you buy your rig, as long as your boat and engine are within the rules, we enforce strict guidelines to enable a level playing field across the sport, we are a non-profit making organisation so we are not commercially trying to make money out of our teams.
ThunderCat Racing UK, actively look for sponsorship to help the teams and try to keep the costs to a minimum. With the enforced rules for the engine not being allowed to have excessive modifications and to keep within the homologation regulations plus only allowing a three blade through hub prop, we try to keep the sport cheap and very cost effective but as this sport is ‘Racing’ and in the true spirit of competition there is freedom for development of propellers giving you the ability to test and try to gain the edge on your competitors, human ability and experience of handling the boat coupled with set up of the boat can make you a ‘winner’.
Is that not the reason why people crave to race…
who can get that last hp more than the other teams...
who will be on the podium…
who wants to be bumbling around in the pack…
winning is all, second is first looser… actually for me writing this I prefer to watch, not race but see a new rookie team come into the sport and over the season go from last to maybe middle of the pack by the end of the season…
winning is not easy in this highly competitive series as competition to win is high.. But through time and trainer you too can be on the rostrum taking the trophy! We race three disciplines, Circuit flat water, long haul endurance and surf… never a dull moment learning to read the waters, looking for clean and safe racing.
Please note we do not run a ‘bumper car’ type racing series. Safety for you and other competitors is paramount.
This is a non contact sport, safe courses and professional safety to watch over you is number one on our list.
We are lucky to have a fantastic community not only in the UK but globally, so if you become part of it and decide you want a holiday in South Africa you can meet up with our friends and you are sure to have a wonderful time..
So are we a sport yes but that’s only part of it, we are a lifestyle…
Thundercats the ultimate lifestyle! Our competitors range from 16yrs to 60yrs + whether you do one race a year or the complete season...
everyone is welcome spectators, safety teams, as an official or being a racer… male or female, friends, brothers and sisters, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, husbands and wife’s.. Are you a business person or a student, over in the UK on work experience and race in your own country but wish to keep on racing?… basically come and have a chat and start living our dream.
We organise basic and national racing in the UK, as well as offering our teams to travel Europe and Worldwide, we are part of the global racing community that competes at World Class levels…
would you like to be part of this sport and one day be world champion… contact us for further information
All you need is:
To be over 17 years old to Driver and 16 to Co-Pilot
A boat, engine and prop that fits the rules... new or secondhand
A pilot and co-pilot!
Safety Equipment (life jacket, helmet, goggles)
RYA Race License – approx £250 as per RYA price list.
We recommend that you take out your own insurance for your boat including towing, testing and theft.
Our National championship entry fee is offered at a discount if you pay for the season up front, or on a pay structure per event. Catering for each day will be charged at £5 per day - breakfast roll, lunch and tea. Prices will be included in the rules.
Wet suits or dry suits are required and can be purchased from £45 upwards.
Helmets can be purchased £50 and life jackets from £79.99
Fuel and oil costs approx per day £25
Maintenance of a boat … dependent on how well you look after your equipment.
I hope this will give you a guide… give us a ring or an email and we can help you further. We usually know what second hand boats are for sale but if you want a new one come to an event and try the different ones out... see what one you prefer. We all help each other... that’s Thundercat’s for you!!
Insurance: if you need insurance for your boat and yourselves contact Doodson Broking Group for a quote. James Dodds Tel: 0161 4193011 mob: 0790 0004797 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email email@example.com with your enquiries regarding how to join our community, looking forward to hearing from you.