The opening races of the Zapcat powerboat season will take place in Newquay, Cornwall on 24 and 25 April.
Up to 16 heats of racing will take place culminating in two divisional finals each day. Each daily round will earn the competitors vital points towards the prestigious National Championships, the Services, Rookie, and Team, Mixed, Home Nations and Surf titles, all of which will come to their tense finales in October.
Viewing will be free and a range of entertainment and freshly prepared food and drink will be available for spectators. Opportunities to meet the race teams and see the powerboats up close will be laid on to encourage a growing following for the championship, which already has international status.
The race course will take the Zapcats out to the Fistral Headland before turning south and then returning parallel to the beach giving spectators an excellent view from every vantage point.
Practice sessions will take place on Friday 23rd, and on the evening of St George’s Day (Friday 23rd), a grand Zapcats Parade will take place through the town featuring competitors and boats, raising awareness of the Grand Prix, and attracting visitors to come to the event over the weekend.
Spectacular races will commence on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th at the north end of the beach featuring around 40 teams; the southern end of Fistral Beach will remain open for public use. Races will take place from midday through to 5.30pm on each day of the weekend.
Blue Chip Newquay, main sponsor of Newquay Zapcat Grand Prix (24-25 April), is offering race goers an amazing deal: seven nights at a quarter of the usual price, plus exclusive access to the VIP race area, complimentary drinks and food on the race days, and the opportunity to win an awesome Zapcat powerboat experience for two on the Saturday morning of the race. All guests booking a self-catering short break will receive the same race offer, plus a 10 per cent discount on their accommodation.
Prices for seven nights start from as little as £297 for four people (£74pp) staying at Little Fistral, Pentire Mews. Six people can book 7 Horizons for a week from only £312 (£52pp). The 25 per cent discount is available from 17 April on seven night Newquay breaks departing by 30 April.
Prices for three nights start from £252 (£63pp) at Towan, Pentire Mews.
Visitors coming to the Grand Prix will be able to choose from more than 120 Blue Chip Newquay properties including those at the iconic Zinc, Pearl and Bredon Court, all close to Fistral.
During their stay, guests will be able to enjoy two gripping days of amazing free to view racing, featuring 40 teams cutting through the surf, performing daring and spectacular aerial leaps as they propel themselves through the sea at speeds of up to 50 mph.
We look forward to seeing you there! To find out more about this fantastic event, see our dedicated Zapcats pages!