Originally Posted by darraghq
hi all ,
I have recently been looking at getting in to some water sports and since about 07 been interested in thundercats , so while the time wasnt right a few years back i have managed to get a buddy of mine intrested and we are both looking to purchase one between us .
I have been in touch with the guys in cork (Ireland) and am in the process of arranging a trip out on a TC .
my experance of boating is limited to a month on a tallship(many years ago on the Asgard 2 ((such a shame she is on the sea bed)) and the odd few trips on some speedboats and ribs (mostly just fishing trips with mates etc)
but from looking about I have a few questions
1st of I would do a powerboat course before I would take part .. would a level 1 course be enough .
2. is TC a growing sport or not , the reason I ask is that a lot of the TC sites i have seen seem not to be updated (bar the great site in cork ) so was wondering if interest is waning
3. Im about 14st is that too much weight to be competitive in the sport (the actual racing)
4. I have seen a few post that say not to buy a ex race boat
5.this been Ireland I take it that equipment should include a dry suit , any recommendations
if there is anything else that you think i should know let me know .
thanks all and a great site by the way .
1 It depends on whether you're going to race or not really, but wait until you've had a trip out and discuss training with those guys, you may be able to find something more specific to Thundercats.
has up to date stuff on it and certainly the UK side seems to be thriving, Fiona Pascoe runs it with a dedicated crew.
3 Not sure on weight really - it won't be so bad in rougher conditions but may be a hindrance in flat races. Go to a race and see what sort of shape the competition is in!
4 I think most Thundercats have been raced at some point, but if it has been raced at least you'll know how fast it is - props are the secret!
5 Again talk to the people you're going out with - a wetsuit should be fine in the summer.
Hope that helps, I am certainly not a Thundercat expert, but I have raced one (In Portugal!), and I have raced a few other things!