Caitriona Staunton and Kathriona McHugh
This team materialised, as many Irish things do, from a bit of banter. Two weeks after the witticism of having two ‘Cats in a cat’, we purchased our own Thundercat and formed Clifden Thunderkittens. We established an all-female team, amid a predominately male National P750 fleet. We wanted to be part of this exhilarating sport and have female powerboaters involved from the outset. Now nearing the end of the 2012 P750 racing season, the fleet can boast two all-female crews and are anticipating more for next year.
Kathriona McHugh - Pilot
Clifden, Co. Galway
I have been involved with the P750 racing for the past three seasons. I started off as a spectator, quickly graduating to administrative and co-piloting duties and then, this season, taking the seat as pilot for Clifden Thunderkittens. My husband, who introduced me to the sport, has been competing (more successfully) alongside us. However, we are progressing, so much so, that we may no longer entrust him to be our mechanic! I have immensely enjoyed this season’s racing and I am looking forward to the surf event in October. I am delighted to be part of this prospering P750 community.
If you are not quite ready to take to the water just yet, the committee are always looking for eager volunteers, who can help out with events. This is a good way of learning about the sport, the rules and regulations and getting to know the crews. My advice is; come to the events, help out and before you know what happened, you will be joining the fleet on the water. It’s addictive!
Caitriona Staunton - Co-Pilot
Claremorris, Co. Mayo
This is my first season racing with the P750 association and I am really enjoying myself so far. I was born and raised on a farm just outside Claremorris in County Mayo, so the idea of being involved in racing Thundercats was a completely alien concept to me and my family. When I met my boyfriend, Barry Ward, I was introduced to a family that has boat racing in their blood. So when the banter started, I was all on for becoming one half of the first all-female Thundercat racing team in Ireland and I have never looked back since.