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. 

Gecko Presentation
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
29/07/03 Thanks 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 seen.
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,
A note to let you know that I am pleased that your recent visit to Poole went well. I thought your organisation of the event was safe and effective and the behavior of your members in our harbour was exemplary. You will be welcome back!
Thank you.
Yours sincerely

*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.


Flare Demonstration

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 demo exceeded everyone's expectations as all were able to get hands on experience in 'popping off' a wide range of devices!  Many thanks to Colin for volunteering his time and for the work he put in behind the scenes with the relevant authorities to ensure the proceedings ran smoothly and safely.


Ladies Day

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.
The turn out was fantastic for such a cold, overcast and snowy February day with nine happy ladies looking forward to having a blast on the sea.  After a quick briefing (including the planned route, positioning of the instructors and weather forecast) and capsize demonstration, it was off to the Isle of Wight and Osborne Bay!  Lunch stop and welcome warm up at Calshot saw conditions change dramatically, for the better.  The sun came out, the clag burned away (as predicted by the Met Office) and the sea calmed down, perfect!
On return to Lee the ladies were presented with SSA "Awesome Achievement" certificates by their instructors.


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