A moderate to heavy swell made for ideal conditions for thundercat racing at Omaha Beach on February 16.
Although a small field of about six teams took part, they provided plenty of action for spectators on the beach.
Local competitor Josiah Diprose, who races with Steven Robertson in We Raise, said the surf made racing “interesting”.
“Plenty of boats were hitting the buoys, but that’s not unusual in thundercat racing,” he said. “Overall, I think the conditions were pretty comfortable.”
Josiah is nursing a minor ankle fracture after We Raise capsized.
Hibiscus Coast team The Kitchen People took out line honours, followed by Bathrooms By Elite second and Total Oils third. We Raise finished fourth after flipping the boat.
It was the Kitchen People’s first win in a round.
Club spokesperson Michael Graves said the winners did an amazing job driving in the testing conditions and had honed their skills after the nationals.
The thundercats will race again in Raglan in four weeks time.
The We Raise team is currently seeking sponsorship after qualifying to compete in Queensland later this year.