The Honda Formula 4-Stroke championship is the most exciting offshore powerboat series in the world - these boats are responsive, manoeuvrable and so fast that they fly over the surface. You'll start off with a safety briefing and an introduction to the boat; then it's time to get changed into your safety gear and racing team kit. You'll head out onto Southampton water with an expert driver, usually a current or veteran racer, who'll put the boat through her paces while you hang on tight. You'll get tuition in how to handle the boat and then about 15 minutes hands-on driving (at the skipper's discretion). The boat operates within Southampton Water and (weather permitting) out onto the Solent.
Weekend dates from April to mid October. Book at least four weeks in advance (please be aware that bookings are taken up to a maximum of three months ahead).
Minimum age is 16. Minimum height is 5'. Maximum weight is 17st. This experience isn't suitable for anyone with a serious back or heart complaint, or for pregnant women.
This is a weather dependent activity. It's essential that you call the venue for a weather check between 5pm and 7pm the evening before you go.
This experience lasts for two hours including a safety briefing, one and a half hours on the water with 15 minutes driving time, and a debrief. Please arrive up to half an hour early to get ready, as the boat can't wait for latecomers.
This experience is for two. There will be up to four people on board.
Spectators are welcome to wave you off from the shore. Tell them to bring a camera and a pair of binoculars.
Dress warmly and bring waterproofs and a change of clothes. Bear in mind that there is a high wind-chill factor aboard the boat. Wear non-slip shoes (e.g. trainers or deck shoes). An old pair of sunglasses/ski goggles will be useful if it is windy.
We had great fun hitting the waves! our Skipper was great. It does say on the website, that people can spectate, however all they can see if you leave and return, there is nowhere for them to spectate when you are out on the water.
We couldn't wipe the grins off our faces as we experienced the sheer speed of flying across the water. And the bumps were great fun too. Lovely expert driver. Had a wild time - and wild hair!
Simply a brilliant day, pure adrenalin rush from start to finish. Thanks guys.
The guys running this were brilliant. Loads of time was given to actually driving the boat though just riding in the back was an experience in itself!
It was an excellent afternoon. I have no sight and my partner has some partial vision. The skipper raised no concerns about this and ensured we took as much an active part as our other companions. We were able to steer with accurate guidance from the skipper and we went at the same speed 50MPH as the others. We were made to feel included as anyone else would, which is full credit to our skipper. It was such a wonderful experience!
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