ThunderCats race along Southsea seafront

The Tigers Childrens Motorcycle display Team in action on Castle Field Picture: Mick Young
The Tigers Childrens Motorcycle display Team in action on Castle Field Picture: Mick Young
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PEOPLE walking by the beach are used to seeing huge ships saunter past, rowing boats and yachts.

But inflatable boats zooming across the waves at 60mph is not something you often see on Southsea seafront.

Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts flying high with We are Bulletproof's Marc Newton and Martin Pullen behind

Josh Broadbent and Sebastian Watts flying high with We are Bulletproof's Marc Newton and Martin Pullen behind

Twenty-one four-metre inflatable boats competed around a circuit between South Parade Pier and Southsea Castle.

The ThunderCat Series took place all weekend and hundreds of people enjoyed the racing as they sat metres away from the action on the beach.

Among them were couple Chris Atkins, 23, and Dawn Kingswood, 20.

Chris, from Fratton, said: ‘It’s really cool. We came for a walk and saw this and thought we would stop and have a look. It’s looks pretty fun.’

Joanna Fox and Ria Pandey in Galaxy Girls-Ahmad Tea low flying

Joanna Fox and Ria Pandey in Galaxy Girls-Ahmad Tea low flying

Dawn said: ‘I reckon it’s crazy! I just think it looks really scary.’

Meanwhile, there was a range of stalls at Castle Field, where a Formula One-style pit lane had been set up.

There were performances from Tigers Motorcycle Display Team, which is a children’s motorcycle club that provides shows to the public including fire jumps, riding stunts and car jumps.

And the Portsmouth Warriors Cheerleading Squad delighted the crowds.

Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield win the Southsea round of the ThunderCat Series

Bligh Julius and Charlie Hatfield win the Southsea round of the ThunderCat Series

Tracey Armstrong, from ThunderCat Racing, which is based in Chandler’s Ford, said: ‘We travel around the UK.

‘We started in Bournemouth, then went to Fistral beach in Cornwall, and then Liverpool. Now we have come to Southsea. It’s great here. They are a great bunch of guys.’

Among the local teams competing was Seavacation, which has Simon Matthews as the driver and Martin Jerome as the co-driver.

GRAND PRIX OF THE SEA

22 teams face rough conditions

22 teams face rough conditions

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