6 RYA GIVES UPON POWER BOAT RACING
The Royal Yachting Association will no longer act as the national authority for powerboat racing in the UK. The RYA has written to the UIM, the international body governing the sport, to confirm its withdrawal in December. It blamed falling numbers of participants and the risk of financial liability in the event of an accident.
A statement released last month said: “The board has concluded that the financial, safety, and reputational challenges presented are disproportionate to the number of clubs and competitors now actively racing.”
According to the RYA’S figures there are now only 92 adult racing licence-holders and 18 juniors across nine affiliated powerboat racing clubs in the UK.
The statement went on to say: “The board considers that it is no longer in the best interests of the RYA’S membership as a whole to continue to act as the governing body.”
Thomas Kurth, secretary general of the UIM, told MBY that they were taken completely by surprise by the RYA’S decision. “There had been no discussion prior to receiving the letter,” he said. “Currently the door is wide open to organisations recognised by Sport England and we are happy to cooperate and get the necessary structures in place.”
The RYA’S powerboat racing department will operate as normal for the remainder of the 2018 season but will close in December and no licences will be issued for the 2019 season.
POWER SHI F T The RYA has decided it no longer wants to act as the UK racing authority