Lifeboats get the Wight Stuff!
22/12/04 On Sunday 19th December the Solent Skiers Association  presented the RNLI with a cheque for £1,215.62 raised from their second annual ‘Wight Stuff’ event.  The event, held on Sunday 5th September this year saw thirty eight club members successfully circumnavigate the Isle of Wight on Personal Watercraft and with the sun shining and the sea calm, a memorable day was had by all.  It was both an enjoyable day out and a challenge with participants raising as much money as possible for a cause that is very much close to home.
 The presentation was made at the Daedalus slip-way at Lee-on-the-Solent where Fiona Heath received the cheque on behalf of the RNLI.
This year’s event raised a total of £2,026.03 with 60% going to the RNLI. The remaining £810.41 will be presented to GAFIRS (Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service) over the holiday period.
Neil Farnham-Smith, Treasurer of the Solent Skiers Association said, "We are delighted to have raised a total of £2,026.03 for charity with £1,215.62 going to the RNLI. Everyone that took part in the Wight Stuff had a fantastic time and the amount raised is a testament to the hard work put in by all involved.  We look forward to raising even more money in June or July of next year when we do it all again and encourage as many people as possible to take part."


SSA Charity Cruise gets green light
10/07/04 Solent Skier's Charity Cruise event, "The Wight Stuff" is officially ON!  This year's event is scheduled for the 5th of September, entries must be received before Monday 23rd August!  Click here for more information and Event entry form.
"Mais Oui!"  Gunning for Ann-Marie!
22/06/04 Solent Skier Ann-Marie Gunner is proposing to jet ski from Poole to Cherbourg and back in a day, to raise money for the children's charity "Dreams Come True".
On the round trip of 130 miles Ann-Marie, who will be accompanied by a support boat, driven by Neil Jackson, says, "We hope to leave Poole at 7am and anticipate being back in the afternoon. We will stop in France for an hours rest and refreshments before beginning the return journey." It is hoped the event will take place at the end of July or during August, dependant on weather conditions.
Click here for full information on how to sponsor Ann-Marie or make a donation.
Caravan Project nears Completion
06/06/04 An unwanted caravan has been given a new home by the SSA when it was found neglected and forgotten on Kingfisher Caravan Park.  It is hoped the caravan will be a focal point for club members and visitors to the Daedalus slipway to meet and share information.
Many thanks to all who gave their time and energy to the project.


SSA members 1st aid trained!
29/05/04 Another group of Solent Skiers has successfully completed the RYA first aid training course, well done guys and girls!  The course was held at MCA Coastguard HQ, Lee-on-the-Solent.

Lets keep being safe on the water and hope they never have to use their new skills for real!


RYA Affiliation for SSA
26/02/04 February saw a major development in the credibility of the SSA and for PWC users in general on the south coast when the club gained recognition by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).  The SSA is now one of only a handful of PWC clubs in the UK to achieve RYA Affiliated status.


£2000 Jettisoned into RNLI funds!
11/01/04 The Solent Skiers Association in conjunction with Club Bombardier raised over £4000 of which £2095 was presented to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Sunday 11th January at Lee on the Solent.
 The magnificent sum was raised by a sponsored jet ski around the Isle of Wight last summer involving 52 skiers. The remainder was donated to another life saving organisation. The Solent Skier’s responsible attitude with regard to safety within their sport was praised by Barry Taylor the Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portsmouth Station. Barry also thanked the Solent Skiers for their excellent fundraising efforts.
 Fiona Heath, Area Fundraising Manager said the money would go locally to fund crew training and was delighted to learn the Solent Skiers were going to repeat their event again this year.
The RNLI is totally funded by voluntary contributions and with cash reserves at just 10 month’s it is the support by organisation’s such as the Solent Skiers that will enable the brave men and women who crew the Lifeboats to continue their lifesaving work.


Skiers Jet in to Help Rescue Services
As reported in the Daily Echo on Saturday Jan 3rd, 2004; "A vital lifeboat rescue service has been given a boost after skiers donated £2000.  Members raised cash with a sponsored jet-ski around the Isle of Wight in the summer.
Joan Pink, GAFIRS fundraising secretary, said: "We are extremely grateful to them. It really does help us and such a large donation is really marvellous."

Many thanks to all the SSA and Club Bombardier members who took part in "The Wight Stuff" charity cruise and made it such a huge success.  


SSA News Archive 2003

SSA News Archive 2002

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