SSA NEWS 2003
|Gecko Helmet on trial by SSA|
|21/09/03||The trial of all new Gecko Mark 10 full-face helmet, on
loan from Gecko Headgear
through out the summer has been a huge success. The helmet is
specifically designed with the needs of fast watercraft users (PWC,
ZapCats) in mind. The helmet has a nifty pump
up inner to ensure a snug fit, is a full-face type and
comes with either visor or goggles attachment. With a large range of
styles and colours on offer you're bound to find one to suit you or
colour match your ski!
Gecko offer post-free despatch on all helmets ordered by SSA members but regret that they cannot discount the helmets themselves.
At the end of the trial period Gecko kindly offered the helmet as an incentive for the individual who raised the most sponsorship money on the round the Island charity event, "The Wight Stuff". We are proud to announce that the helmet has been presented to Sean Perry aka "Tigger" who raised £600, well done Tigg!
|Slipway Tidy Up|
to all who turned out on such a horrible evening to tidy up around the
launch site. The car park area and "our" part of the
beach (as far as the rock groynes either side of the slipway where the
craft get moored up) were swept for litter.
This short exercise produced 5 black bin bags of rubbish!!! Our area of the water frontage is now tidy, lets all work to keep it that way. A good all round effort by all concerned!
|The Wight Stuff Charity Cruise|
|13/07/03||The Wight Stuff, a charity cruise around the Isle of Wight in aid of the
Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and local Inshore Rescue
services saw over fifty personal watercraft and support craft take to
the waters in the largest single PWC event the Solent has ever
The event was a huge success seeing members of the SSA and Club Bombardier raising money for these worthy charities.
*See November's issue of JETSKIER magazine for a full write up of this event.*
|Poole Trip Pays Off|
|21/06/03||The first trip of its kind has been heralded a success and
not just from the people taking part. A letter was received by the
event organizer, (and SSA Safety advisor) Chris Jones, from Poole
Harbour master, Peter Booth and reads as follows,
"Dear Mr Jones,
*See August's issue of JETSKIER & Personal Watercraft magazine for a full write up of this event.*
|First Cruise of 2003|
|23/03/03||The first club cruise of 2003 saw 22 members take to the
waves for the trip round to Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The
conditions on the outward leg were challenging to say the least as the
group battled against wind and tide. This was all forgotten
however when the sun, the frisbee and the ringo came out at the beach.
For pictorial report of the day please visit the Gallery.
|VHF Training Course|
|15/03/03||Congratulations to all who attended and passed the VHF
training course today! The course was organized by the Solent
Skiers Training Academy and took place at GAFIRS HQ in Stokes Bay.
|On Shore Endurance|
|08/03/03||Jetskiers take to the kart track? The adrenalin
charged, two stroke water junkies of the SSA gave up their watercraft and competed against each other in an endurance race held at
Go-Karting for Fun in Gosport.
Team Yamaha took the honours with Team Shogun in second. The surprise of the evening occurred as "The Pink Ladies" secured their podium place in the closing laps of the race!
A full race report will follow in the next Newsletter.
SSA members attended a short briefing on the safe and proper use of distress flares and smoke at the Coastguard HQ in Lee on
the Solent. The briefing, carried out by Sea check advisor Colin Harris was followed by a live demonstration in a
controlled environment down on the beach.
The club's three RYA trained instructors ran a mini-course specifically designed as a confidence-boosting event for the
female members of the club. The day included a "getting to know your pwc" session where the girls learned how to perform
pre-use checks and launch/retrieve safely. This was followed by a short spell on the water under instruction at slow and fast
speeds. The group then had a short break for coffee in the marquee and a talk on collision avoidance before taking to the Solent en-masse
for a cruise.
Solent Skiers Association