SSA News, World Exclusive!  Jetski Grand Prix televised by the BBC!
18/12/06 Its the same old story, there's never enough jetski-ing events covered on TV.  When there is some coverage its while you're flicking through the channels and chance upon the last few minutes of Watersports World or the like.  Well this coming Saturday, 23rd December set your alarm clock because we're giving you prior warning of exclusive Jetski action being beamed directly to your goggle box!

There's going to be a report by BBC News24 sports presenter Mike Bushell  of a very special, fast, furious and exciting "Jetski Grand Prix" filmed on location in the Solent last Sunday.  Mike said, "It was great fun covering this event!  The footage will go out on Saturday morning on BBC1 four times during 'Breakfast' between 6.00am and 10.00 am and may also feature on the BBC's world service."

We don't want to give too much away so you can catch all the action from the "Grand Prix" along with commentary by Mike himself and interviews with some of the riders on BBC1's Breakfast show, this coming Saturday, so if you're being dragged out last minute Christmas shopping don't forget to set your video to record BBC1 in the morning first!



New Shore Watersports discount for SSA
22/09/06  Shore Watersports are offering a 10% discount to SSA members on purchases made in their Hayling Island branch.
 Shore offer a massive range of surf fashion and water sporting hardware.  Visit their website by clicking the Shore logo (pictired left) but please note that to take advantage of this offer you must make purchases in the Hayling Island branch only and present your SSA membership card at the check out.
SSA Beach Party on Power FM!
04/08/06 The SSA crew who turned up to watch the firework finale to Cowes week tonight featured on a live link to Power FM radio.  Sparky and Ronaldo from the local radio station turned up at Lee on Solent to chat with beach-goers at the seaside resort who were out in droves all along the front to watch the spectacle.  They pulled up at the Daedalus slipway in their "Love Summer, Power FM" VW Beetle convertible, introduced themselves to the group of thirty or so having a barbeque and never looked further.  "We're the Solent Skiers, Jet-ski club come and join us!"  They did and their search for quality radio footage was over!  Ronaldo handed out Power FM freebies including pens and car stickers while Sparky interviewed SSA members on a live link back to the studio.

Sparky said, "The live links were quality, they certainly gave our listeners a feel for what's going on down here, thanks!"

The SSA party left the beach long after the fireworks finished  and everyone else had gone home.


Power Boat World Championships request SSA members to marshal event

British Grand Prix
26 - 27 August 2006
Cowes, England

Great News, Power Boat racing is coming to the Solent!

Its exhilarating, dramatic, action-packed and one of the fastest growing motorsports in Europe. In the finest of racing traditions, sleek powerful machines, in the hands of 'Signor Pilotas', compete for the challenge and the glory. Echoing the great history of races such as Le Mans, Sebring, the Targa Floria or the Mile Millia, this is Powerboat P1, a fresh dynamic lifestyle sport where talented racers demonstrate daring and great skill as they take on the might of the open seas in a series of closely-fought endurance races.

Televised to over 100million homes worldwide, Powerboat P1 combines spectacular action, with the glamour of international motorsport. Racing takes place close to the shoreline in some of Europe’s finest holiday seaside destinations attracting large crowds. Last season the carnival atmosphere of a Powerboat P1 race weekend was enjoyed by over 280,000 people.

And you can be part of it!

Andrew Norton of the RYA has approached the SSA to find out if any of our members would be interested in acting as marshals during the three days the event being held over the August bank holiday weekend.

Marshals will be provided with RYA Event Marshal hi-viz waistcoat and all will receive a PowerBoatP1 T-shirt and entry to the P1 party on the Saturday night in Cowes as thanks for helping out.

Marshal days available: Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th August

If you would like to put your name forward to act as a marshal please contact the P1 Public Safety Fleet Co-ordinators at the e-mail addresses below without delay with which day (s) you would like to be considered for. They will reply to you directly with relevant information.

All mail to Paul Adams:

Cc Peter Burton:

Visit for more info on the P1 World Championship!



Solent Skiers win award from RNLI

 A group of jet-ski enthusiasts that raised nearly £7,000 have been presented with an award at the south east’s awards ceremony in Poole. 

The group, called The Solent Skiers Association, received their national award “runner up in best supporter category “ from David Brann, RNLI Director of Fundraising and Communications, last Saturday at the Lifeboat College, Poole.  

For the last three years, The Solent Skiers has organised the Wightstuff Jet Ski Marathon around the Isle of Wight and raised money for the RNLI.  

In 2003 they raised £2,500, followed by £1,300 in 2004. They also made up a table at an RNLI fundraising ball and supplied auction prizes.  They again supported the local Southampton fundraising group at a Horse Race Night - the then chairman donated back his winnings from the evening. Last year they raised £3,134.70 from the Wightstuff Jet ski Marathon.   

Theressa Stubbs, Chairman of the Solent Skiers, said: “We are delighted to receive this award. It’s lovely to receive recognition for the good causes we support.” 

RNLI Area Fundraising Manager Fiona Heath said: “They are well-deserving of the award. They all work full-time and yet still manage to volunteer a huge amount of time for the event including risk management, ensuring that it is a huge success. Thanks to their hard work the RNLI has a high quality lifeboat service.” 

The next Wight Stuff event is booked for 22 July this year with all the proceeds going to the RNLI.



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