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From wreck to racer – Thunderstreak

To Bembridge Sailing Club for the screening of a remarkable film documenting the renovation, restoration and ultimate success once again of Thunderstreak – one of the most famous racing powerboats of all time.

A Dick Bertram-built 31-footer off the drawing-board of pioneering American designer Ray Hunt, inventor of the deep-V powerboat hull, Thunderstreak was originally built for Tommy Sopwith, son of the great America’s Cup sailor Sir T.O.M. Sopwith. Launched in 1963, the goal of Sopwith’s latest maritime project was simple: outright victory in the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes – far and away the grandest offshore race on the international calendar.

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