PLNTM 048 Thundercat Powerboat Racing - Info


Queen's Harbour Master Plymouth

LNTM No 048/21



1.         This is a direction by the Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth pursuant to the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 2020.

2.         Thundercat races are programmed to take place at Plymouth Sat 21 & Sun 22 Aug 21. This PLNTM gives information of timings, courses, spectator areas, race activities and traffic control, and directs mariners accordingly.  It is fundamental for port, vessel and personal safety.

3.   Timetable

Saturday 21 Aug

0915 Drivers briefing

1000 Launching from Mount Batten Centre

1100 – 1200 Course Familiarisation/Practice

1200 First race

1545 approx. Final race off W Hoe

1600 – 1615 approx. Demonstration race in Cattewater

Sunday 22 Aug

0915 Drivers briefing

1000 Launching from Mount Batten Centre

1130 First race

1530 approx. Final race                                          

4.         Courses  (see accompanying chartlet as appropriate)

a.  The main course is located entirely within West Hoe bay, west of Tinside Lido and north of the main shipping channel.

b.   A short course will be laid in Dead Man’s Bay in the Cattewater for the demonstration race on Saturday afternoon.  (Restricted to 4 craft)

5.         Exclusion Area

a.  Unauthorised craft are not permitted inside the Thundercat course; this area is reserved for safety and other event craft.  This is the area marked by red hatching on the chartlet.

b.  Spectators afloat may view the racing from outside of the exclusion zone..

c.   Official steward craft will patrol the course boundaries and invite spectators or other craft to remain clear.

d.  Policing craft will direct vessels that ignore the stewards’ invitation to remain clear of the courses.  Mariners are reminded that failure to comply with official direction by Officers of the Queen’s Harbour Master, which includes MOD Police Officers, or the Cattewater Harbour Master and Sutton Harbour Lock keepers, may result in prosecution.

6.         Race activities

a.  The wet pit area is at the Mount Batten Centre.  Mariners are to be alert to the presence of the powerboats manoeuvring in the vicinity of the Mount Batten Pontoons before and after racing.

b.  Mariners should be alert to the presence of the course marks.  Mariners are directed to not interfere with temporary marks that are laid to assure safety.

c.   Vessels engaged in event related legitimate activities will fly a distinguishing flag.

d.  Thundercats and their support craft are only exempt from the port speed limit whilst in the port during races. Speed is to be kept as low as practicable during transit to races, while paying due regard for the safety of others and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. 

7.         Vessel Traffic Control

a.  All mariners are to note and observe the restrictions on movement in the paragraphs below.

b. Transit across the front of the Hoe will be maintained provided vessels remain to the south of the race area. Limited access into West Hoe bay may be permitted between races.  Access will be strictly controlled by Longroom Port Control and the Marshalls.

c.   During race periods Longroom Port Control will make periodic “Securite” broadcasts on VHF channels 16 and 14. Mariners seeking further information should call “Longroom” on VHF channel 14 or telephone (01752) 836528 before going afloat.

8.         Cancel this PLNTM 23 Aug 21.


Thursday 19 Aug 2021