October 24 Press Release
BPBA British Power Boat Association BPBA Limited Cumbria House, Broad Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2AB,
Company Reg Number 11547762 (+44) 015394 46832 BPBARacing.com Press Release 23-10-2018 BPBA British Power Boat Association
The BPBA are pleased to announce as from the 1st of January 2019 they will take over from the RYA as the National Authority of Power Boat Racing in Great Britain. We look forward to providing Knowledge, Fairness, Integrity, Enthusiasm & Transparency for the whole of the British Powerboat sport and to bring a fair national governing body for all. Ends BPBA - British Power Boat Association RYA - Royal Yachting Association
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Few would deny 2018 has been a historic period in the history of British powerboat racing. After almost a decade of unrest within our sport where the UK’s governing body RYA appeared to be doing little to promote British powerboat racing, it was left to the OCRDA (Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association) to take the dramatic step and break away from the RYA. They were at the time enjoying a successful domestic programme of racing with a fleet of teams that was growing throughout the season. Teams were enjoying their racing and an element of FUN had been re-introduced into their weekend activity. It soon became clear other clubs were keen to become involved in this new wave of evolution.
The bombshell was
dropped mid-way through the season that the RYA was relinquishing its role as the UK’s governing body for powerboat racing and no longer represented Britain on the world governing body, the
Consultations between Britain’s various clubs, including inshore were convened with a view to forming a brand new association to represent Britain at UIM level and the BPBA (British Power Boat Association) has been created which will represent almost every active club within the UK including circuit racing, Thundercats and OCR. They will take the RYA’s existing constitution, file books and paperwork as the starting point for the new Power Boat Racing authority. Once the UIM has decided upon the new UK representative, the RYA is committed to transferring all appropriate records and resources to the new body.The BPBA Board of Directors will comprise of a mix of non-executive and executive directors including Chair Chris Loney, Alastair Nayler and John Puddifoot, past RYA powerboat manager, will be a BPBA consultant together with Robert Irvine.
In their newly published leaflet the BPBA have expressed their intentions to ‘provide Knowledge, Fairness, Integrity, Enthusiasm and Transparency for the whole of the British Powerboat sport and to prove a fair national governing body for all’. They are apparently talking about possible UIM World & European races for 2020 including a World hydroplane round as well as an F1h2o race planned for London.
The future of our sport in the UK looks promising at last and the governing body BPBA is determined to promote British powerboat racing to a level it enjoyed three/four decades ago.