World’s toughest watersport ready to arrive in city

Thundercats racing boats are coming to Portsmouth  Picture: Tim Tapping
Thundercats racing boats are coming to Portsmouth Picture: Tim Tapping

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ONE of the world’s greatest and toughest watersports is coming to Portsmouth to add to a super summer for the city.

Just four weeks before the America’s Cup teams arrive, Thundercat Racing will be making its way to Southsea seafront as part of the eighth leg of the British championships.

Thundercat Racing is the fastest growing watersport in the world and sees teams of people racing through the water on inflatable boats.

Portsmouth born-and-bred powerboat sailor Alan Priddy is responsible for bringing the event to the area on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday June 28, and he hopes it will be a big success.

Mr Priddy said: ‘Thundercat Racing has been going for quite a few years now as a global sport.

‘It’s been in the background but for the last couple of years it’s come to the forefront and it’s exciting.

‘I have been following it for a couple of years and I thought Portsmouth would love it. It’s spectacular. It gets people on the edge of their seats. They can’t believe what’s happening.

‘I felt it was the right thing to introduce Portsmouth to.’

If the weekend goes well, Portsmouth could be picked as the venue for next year’s European event, while registering for the World Championship in 2018.

Alan added: ‘I’m born-and-bred Portsmouth. I was a follower of the America’s Cup for years and I hope it’s successful.

‘But there is more than one thing happening in Portsmouth.

‘Thundercats is very exciting no matter what the weather is like.

‘Portsmouth is a maritime city and for whatever reason it hasn’t portrayed itself as efficiently as it could have.

‘This is another focal point for the people of Portsmouth to come along and be involved.’

Mr Priddy said the event is free to enable more people to be able to come along and watch on the seafront.

‘I understand the people of Portsmouth probably better than some people,’ he added.

‘There are a lot of people who don’t have money to spend. That’s why it’s all free.’

There will also be live music and refreshments as well as children’s fairground rides. The racing starts from midday.

It’s another date on a busy schedule for the Portsmouth area.

As well as the America’s Cup, there are also top-class music festivals, including Victorious in Southsea, the Summer Show in Cosham and Mutiny in the Park at Fontwell Park.