Boats and family entertainment

The Glasgow River Festival is the setting for the third round of the Zapcat National Championship.

The free River Clyde event takes place this Saturday and Sunday with more than 30 teams due to take part in the racing.

Local man Tony Jones, in a boat called ‘Glasgow: Scotland with style’, is sure to have the crowds cheering, but will be up against some tough competition in what is proving to be a roller-coaster of a season, with the championship standings changing after every round.

The home crowd will have two other Scottish entries to cheer on: 9 Marin Subsea/Delta Jets Racing, and the girl-powered 10 Marin Subsea Racing.

It’s Boris’s rookie season and he’s out to prove he can cut it with the more experienced racers.

“I’m really up for racing on the Clyde,” he says. “It would be great to get a podium place in Glasgow. We really want to see Zapcat Racing taking off in a big way in Scotland, so the more people who come along to see what it’s all about the better.

“This is the first time we’ll have Scottish teams racing. It would be great to get a win in front of a home crowd in Glasgow.”

There will be 20 heats on both Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July, with a practice session beginning at 11am each day. Racing proper starts at midday on the course in front of the STV building between Bells Bridge and the Clyde Arc Bridge and spectators will be able to get a great view of the action from all angles.

The 2007 Zapcats National Championship Grand Prix is just one of the elements of the Glasgow River Festival taking place around the SECC, the Tall Ship and the Glasgow Science Centre.

www.glasgowriverfestival.co.uk