Zapcat Racing Hits the Waves of Watergate Bay for Two Weekends of High-Octane Action This Autumn

Written by: Press Release

Submitted: 22 August 2007

Supercharged surf powerboats will be tearing through the waves at a Cornish beach this autumn as The Extreme Academy host the world's largest one-design powerboat championship.

Zapcat Racing hits the waves of Watergate Bay

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Zapcat Surf Racing

Teams from all over the country will come to Watergate Bay to compete in two spectacular weekends of racing as the final rounds of the Zapcat National Championships are concluded.

Rounds 11 and 12 will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September. Then, the deciding points in the series will be awarded in the all-important rounds 13 and 14 on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October.

"Watergate Bay has established itself as the spiritual home of Zapcat surf racing," said Event Director Ali Ward. "As a venue Watergate Bay is quite unique; spectators have every possible vantage point to take in the high-flying antics of Zapcat surf racing, while for the competitors the conditions are by far the most challenging of any of the venues we race at.

"The competitors really look forward to racing here, it's the one the crews really want to win - so this year we have given them more of what they want and doubled the number of rounds at Watergate Bay."

spectacular racing

Spectators Should Expect Spectacular Racing

Reflecting the venue's surfing pedigree, the four race days at Watergate Bay will also form a stand-alone "King of the Surf Tournament", which is set to attract specialist crews who race exclusively in surf conditions.

With all of the other events on the Zapcat National Championships racing on flat water, the crews will require a unique set of skills to race in the surf. The circular course takes the boats just metres from the shoreline, so timing, judgement and a degree of luck are all required to safely navigate the inflatable catamarans through the crashing waves.

"Autumn is well known as one of the best times of the year for great surfing conditions, which makes for some really spectacular racing," said Will Ashworth, Managing Director of The Hotel & Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay. "With weather forecasters predicting a particularly active Atlantic hurricane season this year, I'm sure Watergate Bay will deliver plenty of swell for the Zapcats again this autumn.

The south west will be strongly represented with at least six teams from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset taking part in the event, including several crews made up of Royal Marine Commandos based at Plymouth.

The Zapcat National Championships also has an increasing appeal nationally; teams from as far afield as Aberdeenshire and Kent will travel to Cornwall to compete.

The safety of participants, spectators and the public is of the highest importance at Watergate Bay. Racing will be confined to the southern end of the beach and a 50 metre buffer zone between the race area and the general public will be strictly enforced.

The patrolled swimming area will also be closed during practice and racing hours (11 am to 5pm) and surfers will still be able to enjoy the peaks towards the north end of the beach.