Zapcat Powerboat Racing in Barry Island.

Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.
The weather forecast was looking quite bleak with rain and moderate winds on the cards. Luckily the odd shower didnt last more than a few minutes and so the Zapcat Grand Prix 2010 could take place at Whitmore Bay (that’s Barry Island beach to you and me!)
It is now the second year that Barry has held this event with another heat held in Prestatyn the previous week.

“Whitmore Bay not only delivers some unpredictable conditions and challenges for the Zapcat teams, it also has a fantastic amphitheatre like viewing area for spectators from the sandy beach, promenade and the gardens that all adds to the drama and nowhere else in the UK do the teams have a covered dry pits to store their boats overnight!” said Martin Jupp – Event Director for ZCR
Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.
The beach was full of normal sea-siders enjoying a day at Barry Island beach whom were not disturbed by the high-speed power boats racing before their eyes.
A Zapcat is a small lightweight, high-speed powerboat and in some weather conditions (ie high winds) can easily take off and somersault in the air. I saw a few get close to this stage due to the prevalent winds, but I unfortunately didn’t see any totally flip over (boooo!)
Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.
Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.
The Zapcats all lined up in the starting position and waited for a submerged man to raise his green and yellow flags before they all zoomed off and raced many circuits. This adjudicator/referree also had a white flag which he used for a false start and also raised a black and white chequered flag indicating the last circuit.
Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.

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Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.
There was numerous television cameras dotted around the event as it was being filmed for Sky Television (and Channel five) who will then syndicate it around the world to about 50 countries.
Zapcat Grand Prix-Barry Island.

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Above is a slideshow of all the images taken on the day. PS I sent one of the photos to and they featured it on Sunday and Monday’s weather forecast!
ITV Weather Pic

One Response to “Zapcat Powerboat Racing in Barry Island.”

  1. good pictures….
    im from indonesia?

    pleased to meet with you dj Leeke

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