Newquay Event - Zapcats Return to Newquay 2011
Go to Day One and Day 2 of the first meet in Newquay in 2012Adrenaline junkies who love the buzz of water sports but prefer to stay on the shore should head for Fistral Beach, Newquay, on September 30 and October 1, and be prepared to be stunned by the fast growing sport of Zapcat Racing.
Thrills and spills are guaranteed when the all-action Zapcats meet for the second time this year at Fistral Beach Newquay. Get along to the north end of the beach and cheer on the teams as they compete in this ever more exciting sport. There’s no charge to spectators, so don’t miss the chance to see qualifiers for this special 10th Anniversary of the National Zapcat Championships. Fistral Beach offers perfect viewing from the stands of sand.
Watch these amazingly agile little craft race around at breakneck speeds, bouncing over the waves in their pursuit of victory. The higher the surf, the bigger the bounce! The excitement is palpable as each two-man team - pilot and co-pilot - not only do battle with their competitors but the elements, too. Potential new fans can stand shoulder to shoulder with tried and tested Zapcat devotees who can’t get enough of the sport.
Marking the 10th Anniversary of the National Zapcat Championships, this year's penultimate round of the competition will take place on Newquay's Fistral Beach throughout Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, with twenty boats set to battle it out in the waves at speeds of up to 75mph. Often described as motocross on water, Zapcat Racing is a visual feast for spectators of all ages with outstanding displays of high-speed racing, huge audacious airs and technical manoeuvres.
The racing kicks off at 12:30pm on Friday, September 30 along with a live music event to showcase local bands and add to the adrenalin-fuelled atmosphere. Saturday, October 1 will then see the final round of the Championships where not only the Newquay Grand Prix winners will be decided but also the Championship winners including the Surf, Mixed, Rookie and Team Champion categories, in addition to the Celtic Cup.
Race organisers have added another twist to the 2011 season with the introduction of two National Championships, dividing the fleet according to the crew combined weight, so the Zapcats will be even more closely matched which will, no doubt, prove a very popular move in time.
They report: "Since 2001 Zapcat Racing has proved a phenomenal success, with the UK Zapcat National Championship establishing itself as the world's largest one design championship, now celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The reasons for the sport’s success can be attributed to the foundations and ethics on which Zapcat Racing is based. "Strict one design powerboat racing that is safe, affordable, fair and fun in challenging marine environments."
"As a sport, Zapcat Racing’s best ambassadors are the competitors and owners. Ownership is diverse, with competitors ranging in age from 16 to 55+. The teams are made up of friends, brothers and sisters, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, all from different back grounds who not only enjoy but almost live for their seven months of racing each year.
"It is not just the racing, it is the venues, the support, rivalries, friendships, fun and the social scene. It may sound too be good to be true but just ask one of the owners and it will become clear why Zapcat Racing is the largest powerboat championship in the world!"