The UK Zapcat Championship has been tearing up the waters of the Tyne, in what organisers hope will become a regular powerboat racing fixture.
The first event on September 1 and 2 saw teams from across the country tackling the tricky course, which is the latest leg in the national competition.
The boats are designed to be especially lightweight and are powered by a 50 horsepower engine.
They have a bigger power-to-weight ratio than a Ferrari and can complete tight hairpin turns with ease.
There are continual heats throughout the day's racing, between 10am and 6pm, each lasting 10 minutes.
Organised by NE1, which works to promote and improve Newcastle city centre, the races drew thousands of spectators to the Quayside,
Stephen Patterson from NE1 said: "The brand new Newcastle city marina gives us a new opportunity to host events such as this.
“The idea is to bring animation to the river, we’ve had the regeneration and now we want some action on the water.
“We’re hoping this becomes an annual event, we’d love to see the Zapcats back.”
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