Motorboat & Yachting - - THE 10 -

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

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