The Guernsey Powerboat Association (GPA) have today announced that they are to end their affiliation with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) with immediate effect.
Following in the wake of the UK Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association (OCRDA), International Powerboat Race Club (IPRC) and the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC), only ThunderCat Racing, as an ‘Offshore’ organiser will stay with the British ‘Governing Body’ in 2018.
ThunderCat / British P750 organiser Fiona Pascoe who originally discussed leaving the RYA last winter, has since done a ‘180 turn’ and now acts as the RYA cheerleader in chief.
The GPA issued this statement today:
Following a meeting of the Directors of the Guernsey Powerboat Association and at the request of our members a meeting was held to discuss the future of powerboat racing in Guernsey and the way forward.
Due to the present issues within the sport there was a unanimous decision to end our long affiliation with the RYA with immediate effect.
We feel the only way for local powerboat racing to recover and grow once more is for us to be the masters of our own destiny.
We would like to express our gratitude to the RYA for the help and guidance they have given us over the years and hope that the issues within the sport can be resolved.
We would also like to take this opportunity to say how extremely grateful we are to our sponsors Stanley Gibbons Investment for standing by us through a very difficult and challenging time.
The GPA cancelled their UIM Class 3A & B World Championship event last month. This was put down to, in part, the RYA being unwilling to issue licences to racers who had competed in ‘unsanctioned’ races during the 2017 season.
Those racers were unable to compete in Guernsey and it is thought that the decision cost the event at least 7 entries, the difference between cancellation and not.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.