Jet-skiers make a splash for lifeboats
20/12/05 Members of the Solent Skiers' Association gathered at Eastney to present a cheque for £3,600 to the RNLI.
It follows another year of charity events by the skiers, who regularly launch from the Daedalus slipway at Lee-on-the-Solent.
The money was raised during Wight Stuff – a daring charity fund-raising mission around the Isle of Wight.
Dozens of jet-skiers set off from Lee-on-the-Solent on the morning of July 22 to complete the 62-mile journey, stopping off at Yaverland and Yarmouth along the way.
This is the third year the group has tackled the challenge in aid of the RNLI and Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service.


11/10/05 SSA members have been among the first to see and subsequently report their sightings and close up encounters with a playful dolphin in the Western Solent.  Personal accounts and photographs from club members of the sightings have been posted on the club's forum as well as being reported to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).  Simon Keith, science assistant at the WDCS wrote to the club, "Each record we receive is valuable because it adds to the database of sightings for the whole of the UK which tells us about the distribution of whales and dolphins around the country.
I was glad to hear that your association promotes a code of conduct for vessel behavior around the animals.  Disturbance of whales, dolphins and porpoises is a particular concern of ours, especially in recent times because of the increase in the number of boat users in the UK.  Thanks for contacting us.  I look forward to hearing from you again in the future."

The single bottlenose dolphin has been regularly sighted in the waters between Yarmouth and Newton on the Isle of Wight and has been the feature of local news and media stories.


05/10/05 The organisers of the charity pwc cruise "The Wight Stuff" were invited to the Baron's Hall, Arundel Castle to celebrate the work of the RNLI and look at what the future holds for the lifeboat service.  Last year the RNLI saved 486 lives.  Without their highly trained crews and lifeguards, these lives would have been lost. 

The evening included presentations of real time rescues from local coxwains and an opportunity to meet with senior members of the RNLI as well as other fundraisers.  A cheque presentation of the monies raised from this years Wight Stuff will be made shortly.


03/10/05 Three generations of the Poulter family recently took advantage of the special discount that the SSA has with Absolute Aqua and spent a Sunday undertaking their RYA PWC training course in Poole. 

Don Poulter (SSA Captain), son Darren and grandson, Liam (12) pictured here with Candice Abbott from Absolute Aqua, all attended the course on the same day.  Don said he was very proud of the way that young Liam controlled the ski throughout the on-water practical sessions and that the course is well worth doing no matter how much experience you have.  The course is designed to ensure that you get the maximum fun from your Jetski (PWC) by teaching you how to drive safely and responsibly with maximum excitement!

Well done!


23/07/05 Report from "The News", Saturday, July 23, 2005

More than 60 jet skiers were due to take to the sea in the south today to carry out a daring charity fund-raising mission.  Members from the Solent Skiers Association will hop on board their machines to power round the Isle of Wight.

They were due to set off from Lee-on-the-Solent at around 10.30am to complete the 62 mile journey, stopping off in Yaverland and Yarmouth along the way.

This is the third year the group has tackled the challenge in aid of the RNLI and Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS).  On previous attempts the have managed to raise more than £4,500 for the two charities.

Club secretary Penny Johnstone said: 'I think we will make a fairly impressive sight, especially as we go past Lee-on-the-Solent, because we will still be quite bunched up.'

PWC riders to cruise around the Island
This weekend, on Saturday 23 July, the Solent Skiers' Association, supported by Jets Marivent, is inviting up to 80 PWC riders to join their annual 'The Wight Stuff Cruise' around the Isle of Wight and to raise money for charity.

The event is an effort to prove to the general public that the vast majority of PWC riders are committed to keeping our shores a safe and enjoyable place, and based on previous year's achievements, the organisers hope to rise over £4,000 for the RNLI and GAFIRS (Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service).

The event is supported by Jets Marivent, the sole distributor of SeaDoo® personal watercrafts in the UK, and an extra incentive in the form of a SeaDoo® Sea Scooter, is hoped to get participants working especially hard for sponsorship money, as the popular toy will be presented to the rider who raises the most.

In 2003 and 2004 the event raised more than £1 for every mile travelled by each and every ski and with nearly twice the number of riders taking part this year, Neil Farnham-Smith, Club Treasurer for Solent 'Skier' Association, has every reason to be pleased.

''The interest around the event has been immense this year and it is clear that PWC riders here in the south are very keen to show their commitment to their local communities,'' he says. ''It is great to have the support of Jets Marivent and it will be very exciting to see who walks away with the cool SeaDoo® Sea Scooter they are giving away.''




 Yamaha Wavefest is coming to Lee on the Solent this Friday, 24th June.  Personal Watercraft from Yamaha's 2005 line up will be available for demonstration rides through out the day between 10.30am and 3pm from the Daedalus Slipway.  Staff from Yamaha UK and Watercraft World (WCW), Fareham will be on hand throughout the day to talk you through the craft on display.  Book a day off with the boss and try out the FX and VX - three seater, four strokes; the GP800 and GP1300 - high performance two seater, two strokes and 'the ultimate stand up' SJ700.  Wavefest is weather dependant, please contact Nigel at WCW on 01329 826622 for further information.



 We are pleased to announce that Absolute Aqua are offering SSA members the same great training deal as last season!  The RYA PWC Training one day course is just £55 - that's a huge 50% saving!  Absolute Aqua Ltd is a RYA approved Powerboat, Jetski - Personal Watercraft (PWC) training centre.  This guarantees high training standards and strict compliance with RYA training regulations.  Bookings must be made via the club so please contact Gussie or Penny at to book your places and not Absolute Aqua direct.



The Daedalus slipway will be closed over the late May bank holiday on Sunday the 29th and Monday the 30th due to the Hovershow. 

Some club members have decided to have a trip away and will be launching from Baiter Park in Poole but will be back at Daedalus as usual the following weekend.


2/05/05 Disappointment was the order of the day as the club's first Poker Run failed to materialize.  More than a dozen skis flanked the slipway including a team from the JAWS club at Hearne Bay who had turned up to participate in the event.  Sunday the 1st of May was supposed to be a clear, sunny day (and it was...just one mile inshore!) but at Lee on Solent the mist just wouldn't lift.  "Great conditions then for a navigation exercise," I hear you say!

It was deemed unsafe to launch, let alone hold an event!  Fortunately all the hard work and planning Dunk & Gussie had put in wasn't to go to waste. It was May Day bank holiday weekend after all, we had another day and what a day it turned out to be!  See the Gallery for how it all turned out!


19/02/05 Wight Stuff charity cruise organiser Duncan Johnstone presents £810.41 to Joyce Thomas, fundraising secretary for the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (GAFIRS).  The sum was raised as part of the Wight Stuff charity cruise around the Isle of Wight in September last year.  Joyce thanks all the members of Solent Skiers Association for this most generous gift.  She said, "It is donations such as this that enabes us to continue with our work in the local community."

In 2004 the GAFIRS attended 109 incidents assisting more than 200 people who were in difficulties or distress making them one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the country.  In addition to providing 24 hour lifeboat and diving rescue cover from Portsmouth Harbour through to Titchfield Haven, their volunteer members also provide support to emergencies ashore.



SSA speed freaks spent the weekend camping out at Queenford Leisure lake near Abingdon.  On Saturday evening spirits couldn't be dampened even by the cold and wet conditions as the SSA Away crew karaoked the night away!  Cobwebs were blasted off in the chill of Sunday morning as the radar run got underway.  Fastest club times were (in no particular order); 62.1mph, Bill GP1200R; 63mph, Neil GTX Ltd; 56.9mph, Dunk FX160; 52mph Penny FX160; 47.8mph, Eddie GTX 4 tec; 55.6mph, Mike MSX150; 65.1mph, Kev GP1300R; 48mph, Amanda GP1300R; 53.8mph, Keith RX.  We all had a great time and express our thanks to Chris Giles and the team at "Q" for hosting a real fun event.  Queenford is predominately a stand up only lake and is the training ground for many of the top UK freestylers as well as being home to Air Time Products, photos will be posted in the Gallery soon!


Kev gets recognition for Charity effort
02/01/05 Club member Kev Stanzl gained recognition in the form of a thank you gift for raising the most individual sponsorship during the Wight Stuff '04 charity cruise.  Kev raised £280 and is pictured here receiving a DVD player from the SSA Captain Bill Kircher.

The presentation took place after the New Year Chilli Cruise where club members got together for a winter jaunt out to Osborne Bay on the Isle of Wight.  On their return the Solent skiers tucked in to a warming chilli-con-carne or corned beef hash  at Daedalus slipway, (watch for pictures in the Gallery soon).


We're in Jetskier!
02/01/05 The Wight Stuff '04 charity cruise round the Isle of Wight is featured in January's edition of Jetskier Magazine so order your copy now!  The Mag has given the event nearly four full pages of write up and pictures of that hot flat day last September.  Visit for details.
Also, incase you haven't seen them yet, there's three pages of photos on Jetman's site taken from the support rib during the event.  These can be seen at  


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