SSA NEWS - 2013

Solent Skiers' The Wight Stuff!
November 2013 Well done to all who took part in this year's charity ride out.  Although it was deemed too rough round the back of the Island to safely make the circum-navigation while ensuring the safety of such a large group of riders everyone who attended had a great day on the water.  Thank you all for respecting the safety team's recommendation to take the more sheltered route back along the Solent from Bembridge and down the Western Solent to our planned lunch stop at Fort Victoria.

A total of £1,555.00 was raised in aid of Hounds for Heroes so here's to a little pat on the hero dogs' heads and a big pat on the back for all of you who took part and donated on our Virgin Money Giving page and off line as well to give us this great total.  Well done!


End of Season Activities Away!
September 2013 Steve Poulton from Activities Away in Lincoln has invited the club up to his lake for a very wet and fun-filled weekend.  On Saturday we will be canoeing, kayaking and having a general muck about on the lake.  Then in the evening Steve is going to light his infamous open air pizza oven so we can have pizza just like Mama used to make!

On Sunday we have full use of the lake again and there will be some stand up Superjets available to try.  We're trying to keep costs to a minimum.  Let us know in the usual way if you want to come.


SSA Wight Stuff 2013 - Be part of the adventure!
June 2013

We are happy to announce that the SSA Wight Stuff Charity Cruise is on again!  The date has been set for Saturday 28th September. 

This year the event is limited to 30 PWCs and is being held in aid of the Hounds for Heroes charity  

The 70 miles round the island cruise will start from Lee-on-Solent and head off clockwise around the Isle of Wight finishing back at Lee late afternoon.  Refuelling and lunch stops have been planned in to the day. 

Event entry forms and further details will be available from the SSA website or from any of the committee members. 

Don’t miss out on the event of the year!

Hounds for Heroes is a registered charity in England and Wales (1134359) and Scotland (SC043751).


Solent Skiers Racers are ready for AquaX!
May 2013 When the new AquaX series gets underway in Hull next month there will be a new trophy up for grabs.  For the first time there will be a prize for the top team for the season.  We are very proud to announce that SSA members will be competing in this new team challenge under the name Solent Skiers Racing!

The team of is made up of 2012 P1AquaX 250 Champion - Mat Shipley, 2011 P1AquaX 200 Champion - Duncan Johnstone along with Steve Hockney and John Heath both of whom had podium successes in the 2012 series.  Another SSA member, Roy Jones is part of the safety team marshalling the events.

Mat and Duncan will be competing in the 250 Class while Steve and John will be racing in the 200 Class. 

Aquacross (AquaX) is an Offshore Endurance Rally Race Series set up in 2011 and is specifically designed to attract amateur riders to enter the sport, this unique sea-based series offers competitors a hugely exciting challenge. The race tracks are simple and wide-open, and patrolled by trained race marshals to ensure safety at all times.

Head of P1 AquaX and former Jet Ski racing champion, Lisa Barsby, says; “There are many recreational jetskiers out there who have wanted to try their hand at competitive riding for some time now, and AquaX provides the perfect arena for them to open up their throttles and enjoy the full performance of their craft in a safe, controlled environment. And because of the ever-changing coastal conditions, the rider’s skill will prevail over horsepower, to create a level playing field for all.”

AquaX is open to all types of watercraft, with Yamaha, Kawasaki and BRP (Seadoo) models expected to race unmodified in three classes - 200, 250 and 300hp.

Visit P1 AquaX website for more news, race dates and how you can take part as well!



SSA Birthday Bash - Skittles!
May 2013 Hi all the SSA Birthday Bash is on its way once again ! Party Time !!

The date : Sunday 25th August from 7pm
We have booked the Skittle Alley at The Kings Head in Wickham again as last year was such a success.

Simply reply to the message on the SSA forum or facebook page to reserve your space, we just need food choice and £5.00 per person .... Simple!


Solent Skiers in the Community
May 2013 Aided by the glorious weather the Family Garden Party in Lee-on-the-Solent was a huge success on Bank Holiday Monday. Organized by a joint committee of Lee Residents Association, Gosport & Lee Lions, St Faith's Church and Lee Community Centre and opened by Deputy Mayor of Gosport, John Beavis.

Solent Skiers were invited to attend and we had a display of two watercraft, kit and information about the club.  The organizers were really surprised to see us on such a lovely day but its not just down at Daedalus slipway and riding around the Solent that we promote the club!  As well as the things on show we gave out PWC brochures from Nigel at Watercraft World in Fareham to interested party goers and had the new Council leaflets for the Watersport Actvity Zones.

SSA on display! Setting up the stand


Meeting the Deputy Mayor


Its Christmas Time!  Don't miss out, book early!
May 2013

Places for this years Xmas party are already going fast!  SSA sure knows how to have a good time! By popular demand we're going to the Langstone Hotel Hayling Island on Friday 20th December. (Upstairs requested)

The cost will be £37.50 each which includes a 3 course meal sitting down at 7.00pm and disco till 1.00am. You choose your food on the night.
£10 deposit per person will be required by 24th May (please give to Donna or any other member of the committee ). Balance will be required 6 weeks before party.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Join the SSA for 2013 Season
April 2013 Re-join the SSA, new members welcome!  Yes folks its that time of the year again, subs are due by the end of the month.  There's lots lined up for the coming year including the eagerly awaited return of SSA Wight Stuff!  Charity cruise around the Isle of Wight in September.  Stay tuned, we'll have news on this year's charity, information and entry forms some time in June.  So get your memberships to get your entries in before places are released to all!
2013-14 Season Renewals due by 30 April, SSA membership application form now available for download from SSA Membership page - link - - Catch ya on the water!


Shippers is British Champion!
February 2013 Solent Skier Mat Shipley was among some 230 racers, supporters, friends and family, who turned up to celebrate the success of British Powerboat racers from across the sports many disciplines at the RYA Powerboat Racing awards ceremony 2012.

Mat had a solid season in 2012 picking up wins at Plymouth and Weymouth as well as podium places at the other three Aquacross venues - Hull, Eastbourne and Cowes to be crowned P1 AquaX 250 Champion.


Well done Shippers! 

If you want to sign up for AquaX in 2013 see for more info.





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