Youth Powerboat Group
Published 11:35 on 28 Apr 2017
The Club's Youth Powerboat Group is in its third month now, meeting every other Saturday and offering the chance for our cadet members to learn about safe and controlled powerboating plus the opportunity to compete in the Honda RYA Youth Championship in August/September.
For those that don't know, the Honda RYA event enables two age groups to compete on a challenging course driving safely and fast, with the winner in each age group given the chance to win a RIB and engine for their clubs.
Whilst we have practised high-speed driving in some challenging weather of late, much of the activity is completed at slow speed with control and careful manoeuvres being a key skill. So far no RIBs have been harmed in the process and we are very mindful of the need to balance training and safety with the fun and just burning fuel.
A small additional success is that two of the participants and two helpers have all got the bug and taken their PB2 adding to the range of people able to drive the ribs to support the sailing activities that require safety boat drivers, which we currently struggle to fill all the available duties.
One further benefit is that we are potentially developing prospective safety boat crews for the future and raising the whole safety and boating awareness amongst more Club members. I'm sure all members agree that the club is a better place when used in a positive and active way, and this programme gives us an additional opportunity to do so.
The participants have been amazing and have surpassed the organisers' expectations with their skills and ability.
We seem to have controlling the ribs and setting them up with all the safety equipment well practised. We have demonstrated the crane, although no younger members use this unless adults are always in control. We are lucky enough to have the Bosun making us a fixed slalom line with the buoys at the correct distance and this will be in use in the next couple of sessions to help us practice a representative course that can be laid and recovered easily.
We are also lucky to have a number of parents and advanced cadets supporting us in our endeavours providing some great experience to all of us and bringing a different perspective to the syllabus. It just proves that our club has much to offer all elements from its membership. We're learning new perspectives from those that are on the water.
Last updated 10:21 on 11 January 2018