SSA NEWS - 2011

SSA Santas do it for RNLI
December 2011 It was a cold and blustery day that saw hundreds of Santas congregating on Southsea sea front all eager (and some not so) to run 5 kilometers in aid of the RNLI.  SSA guys and gals were among the sea of red costumed jolly fellows but here's a photo just to prove they took part!

Merry Christmas and well done all!

Left to Right - Santa Theresa, Santa Ellie, Santa Zoe, Santa Andy, Santa Ryan, Santa Graham, Santa Penny, Santa Donna & Santa Roy (Santa Dunk is taking the picture)

Well done all the SSA Santas and the time to beat next year is a formidable 26 minutes set by Santa Graham (left) so get your Santa suits and start training now!

Solent Skiers' Winter Offer
November 2011

Winter is here at last and the “Off Season” is certainly not a closed season as far as the Solent Skiers Association is concerned!  We'll be out on a regular basis braving all that the Solent can throw at us and we're looking for like minded fellow skiers to join in the fun!

There’s no better time than the present to join the SSA as your membership will run until April 2013 so by joining ‘early’ you can essentially get up to 5 months free!

So why wait until April when you can join us now so you don’t miss out on all our planned events and ride outs through out winter and spring! 

Brave the Waves with the SSA!

Annual Membership runs April-April

New members - your membership runs to 30th April 2013!

SSA membership fee for 2012-2013 season is just £35.00 for new Sit Down PWC members and Stand Up PWC membership only £20.00

Existing Members – Renewal notices will be posted in Feb/March for return by 30th April 2012

Renewals at £25.00 for Sit Down PWC and at £15.00 for Stand Up members.

To join SSA you must have the following

·         Minimum 3rd party liability insurance for your PWC

·         Datatag registration (a copy must be sent with your application form)

  *A QHM Permit is required by all PWC owners, Water-skiers and Windsurfers launching into the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth.  See for details on how to apply and area covered by permit

SSA Membership Page link…

 For more info on SSA please see SSA Home Page link

Solent Skiers - Where Winter-isation doesn't have to be the norm!


RNLI Santa Fun Run!
November 2011

Wow!  Its nearly Christmas time again, doesn't time fly!

 Last year we had 7 SSA Santas running in the 5Km & 10Km Fun Runs at Southsea in aid of RNLI.

 This year the race is on Sunday 11th December, you don't have to be super fit to take part as we proved last year & you don't even have to run that much either – if you don’t want to (some Santas took their dogs for a walk & one extremely lazy Santa had a dog-sled pulled by hounds with antlers stuck on their heads!).  Its all about having fun and helping raise funds for the RNLI!

The entry forms are on line now and can be accessed via link below.

 So come all ye merry SSA Santas and let us know when you’ve entered!

SSA News & Events Update
October 2011

Hi All

A few notes from the committee to keep you update with things (if you didn't receive this as an email please contact me on the address below with a current email address - thanks) 

The 2012 Calendar of Events has been written and will be distributed in December - we have tried again to make it a full year of events with a good selection of skiing events and social activities.


Dates for your diaries include: 

Mon 2nd Jan - Chilli Cruise 

Sat 14th Jan - Post Xmas Get Together, a few beers and maybe a meal at a venue to be decided

Sun 15th Jan - Winter Raid 4 

Sat 24th March - AGM

Sun 25th March - Winter Shake Down 

Sat Jun 2nd to Tues Jun 5th - SSA Away. A long weekend camping to Wales.


The 2012 Wight Stuff has been postponed until 2013 - we were unable to secure safety back-up and rib support for this event because of Olympic commitments.  However we think it is important to maintain our charity function and we will be running a "10x10" endurance ride on the Summer Solstice to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the SSA.  The event is in the planning stages at the moment but will be something along the lines of 10 skis riding around the TT Course for 10hrs.  You will be able to sign up for all of the 10hrs or hourly segments.  The event will be open to SSA club members and then to other affiliated club members.  As I say the event is in the planning stages at the moment but if you are interested in taking part or helping out then please contact Graham Hollidge or anyone on the committee at


And finally -

 We are delighted to announce that the position of Club Captain has been filled - Andy Dennis has agreed to take on the role.  Relatively new to the Club, Andy is a keen and regular member on all the events.  We hope you will support him in his new role and use him as your voice at future committee meetings. 

Kind Regards


"Best Race Ever!" -  AquaX Finals in Liverpool
  In front of 1000s of people lining the river bank outside Albert Dock, the AquaX riders produced their best race of the year, with closely fought battles and dramatic action throughout the field.

SSA's Mat Shipley on his Kawasaki #44, raced as hard as he could and enjoyed a late race challenge with Paul Attiwell and finished in second place in Am300. “That was the best race ever! Paul and I were jostling all the time for position, it was great fun and I really enjoyed it but the conditions were still quite rough so you couldn’t really go flat out”, he said. “I took off and landed hard on the last lap and bashed my nose on the handlebars!”

Am200 Champion Duncan Johnstone won the category yet again and finished third overall after another commanding performance on his Yamaha FX160. “I thought the course was a bit too short for me, I like to catch people on the longer straights, but when we got out there it was still quite rough and that levelled it out a bit. I got a good start, then on the second corner there was this big wall of water so we spent quite a bit of time in the air. It was great in fact it’s been a great end to the season.”

Duncan has finished every race so far this year and is already planning on returning in 2012 to defend his crown. “There’s never been anything like AquaX before and it’s really well run, so all you have to worry about is racing. I have a 7 year old Yamaha that’s done 550 hrs but it doesn’t matter what ski you have, anybody can do it and win.”

AquaX Cowes - Steele claims Victory!
August 2011 The Solent Chop made for a truly memorable fourth round of AquaX racing at Cowes.  The course was just off Eagle Point and close enough to shore to make it really exciting for the club members who came to watch.

Yamaha FX160 rider Duncan Johnstone finished second in AM 200 in the opening race of the day, his first defeat of the campaign, but that was still enough to seal the title. Championship newcomer Andy Steel starred to claim victory on his AquaX debut on his similar Yamaha ski and, as a fellow member of the Solent Skiers Club, the win over Johnstone was particularly sweet.

Andy said: “I came out to give Duncan a run for his money, we are best of friends and ski all the time in the Solent so we’re used to these conditions. We ski all through the winter, we do this every weekend. Unfortunately he beat me but I am extremely happy to come second overall.”
In race two, Dunc returned to winning ways with his seventh victory from eight starts while Andy finished second to cap a very strong weekend.

“I knew it was going to be close”, commented Duncan, “I kept looking behind me but I wasn’t pulling away from Andy he was always just there. I do prefer it rough, but it really was quite rough today. It levels it all out and it comes down to stamina and riding style. It was grueling out there, you just had to hold on and hope for the best.”

Mat Shipley had a great pair of races and again took a podium place in the AM300's, "My neck, back, arms & legs are killing me, it was proper rough! Well done to all who took part and the AquaX team for running the event, Toppers!"

#88 Andy Steele riding for the win in race 1

#42 Dunc Dude does enough to win chamionship

Andy - "..extremely happy to come second overall"

Mat gets a drenching on AM300 podium

AquaX Finals will be held at Liverpool's Albert Dock in September


SSA - Events Coming Up through Summer
July 2011 Hello All,
Please note that the published events calendar has been updated.
Event details can be found on the SSA calendar and our facebook events page.
July     Sun 31st - Pirate's Treasure Hunt
August Fri 12th - Cowes Fireworks and SSAugage Sizzle
             Sun 14th - Club Day
             Sun 28th - West Wander (To be confirmed)
             Mon 29th - Jetski Fishing
September Sun 4th - Teddy Bears Picnic
             Sat 17th - Birthday Bash
             Sun 18th - 'Ex'-Commodore's Run
             Sun 25th - Lipstick Lunch Ladies Day
             Wed 28th - Bramble Bank Cricket Match
October - Sun 9th Winter Raid 1
See you all soon!


Solent Skiers take podiums yet again!
July 2011 AquaX - Round 3, Plymouth

Solent Skier, Mat Shipley took second place yet again in the AM300 Class on his Kawasaki Ultra 250 in front of 100s of spectators including many from the SSA who made the trip down the coast to support our riders.  Mat said, "Thanks for the support, hope it was fun to watch as it was to ride. I think Plymouth made a great venue with the varied conditions around the course."

In the Am200 Class Championship leader Duncan Johnstone had a memorable pair of races. After leading a closely fought Am200 battle in Moto 1 he was thrown off when he hooked a corner. He recovered and got back on and managed to stay ahead of nearest challenger Steve Robinson (Hull), who was making his AquaX debut. In Moto 2 Duncan won the class again revelling in the rougher conditions as he came fourth overall.

"“Brilliant!”, was how he summed up yet another eventful AquaX weekend. “ I caught a wave coming sideways in Moto 1 which knocked me off my ski when I was trying to throttle through the rough bits to keep up with the fast boys. I like the longer courses and the rough water makes it more of a level playing fields as it’s not so much about horse power but more fitness levels and technique come into play."

Dave Lee also in the AM200 Class had to retire when a water pipe blew off and threatened to flood his engine bay.  Until that point he was giving Duncan a good run and was leading the 200's.

The next round is back on the Solent at Cowes on August 27th so take a trip over and follow our boys on


Clacton Away!  Charity Cruise - Saturday 2nd July
June 2011

Clacton CWC is holding a charity cruise on Saturday 2nd of July.


CWC Coast Runners Sponsored Jet-ski Cruise will leave from Clacton on Sea and cross the Thames Estuary to Palm Bay in Kent for a lunch stop before returning back to Clacton for hog roast dinner.

Hopefully we will get local campsite details from the Clacton crew so we can all stay over in the same place.  It would be great if we can support this event as Clacton have always come in numbers to the south coast for ours.

The Thames Estuary offers a hugely different landscape (and sea conditions) to what we’re used to with sandbars way out at sea, hulking iron and concrete forts left from the 2nd Word War and the biggest offshore wind farm in Europe!

The round trip is estimated at 60-70 miles so is within cruising distance of most club craft although arrangements are in place for fuel top ups in Palm Bay if required.

Closing date for entries is 19th June so act fast and get your forms in!

Please see Clacton's website

for more information, costs and event entry.


Aqua Cross - Solent Skier on form!
June 2011

AquaX Round 2,Jersey - Johnstone wins again!

Solent Skiers rider Duncan Johnstone enjoyed another competitive outing on his Yamaha FX160, winning the Am 200 class for the second consecutive race. “It was choppy out there and I got some big air jumping off the waves in moto one and was even catching some of the Elite riders.” He said. “There was flatter water for second race so I just opened up the throttle and went for it. I still can’t believe I’m winning races and leading the championship but I’m showing the way for other club riders.”

More details on


SSA Events coming up! June
June 2011

Brunch Run Sunday, 12th June
Early away for Brunch somewhere on the Island! 8.00am meet at Daedalus.


Handbags at Dawn Sunday, 19th June
SSA Ladies ride out for breakfast tea and crumpets!
8:00am meet at Daedalus


Dirty Don's Final Voyage, Sunday 26th June

“I’m afraid the time has finally come for Dirty Don to hang up his Gecko and give up jet skiing.  I think it’s fair to say he’s given it a good go as he’s been skiing for over 15 years. Don't worry though, he assures me that he'll still be around and popping down the slipway to say hello!  He’s planning (weather permitting) for his final trip out to be on Sunday 26th June and he’d like as many of his friends to go out too. Destination will be decided on the day, but you can guarantee there’ll be at least one coffee stop along the way.”

Early indications from Donna’s post on the SSA forum suggest that this may be the biggest event of the year!  It’s always sad when someone moves on from the club but Don has a special place in all of our hearts and has always been a true ambassador for the SSA and the sport.  We’ve tried to talk him out of retirement but the OAP fuel allowance can sadly no longer subsidise his ski-ing!  We hope as many members as possible will be able to join Don on his final cruise.


The Boys Did Good!  AquaX - SSA all the way!
May 2011 There was SSA success in the first ever series of endurance races in the new and exciting P1 AquaX as the series kicked off at Southampton Sportboat & Rib show on Sunday 22nd May.  All three Solent Skiers who entered made the podium! Mat Shipley came second in the Amateur 300 riding his Kawasaki 250 while Duncan Johnstone won the Amateur 200 on the Yamaha FX160 with Dave Lee coming third on his Kawasaki 15F. The weather on the day gave our boys the advantage as the Southerly Force 5 caused choppy sea conditions which some of the pro skiers struggled to cope with.

Matbomb gives it some throttle!

Dude is flying to victory!

DLski takes the waves in his stride!

Mat has a well deserved drink!                           Dunk & Dave on the AM200 podium

The P1 AquaX series is specifically designed to attract amateur riders to enter the sport, this unique sea-based series offers competitors a hugely exciting challenge. The race tracks will be simple and wide-open, and will be patrolled by trained race marshals to ensure safety at all times.

Head of P1 AquaX and former Jet Ski racing champion, Lisa Barsby, says; “We are delighted to be launching this new series. There are many recreational jetskiers out there who have wanted to try their hand at competitive riding for some time now, and AquaX will provide the perfect arena for them to open up their throttles and enjoy the full performance of their craft in a safe, controlled environment. And because of the ever-changing coastal conditions, the rider’s skill will prevail over horsepower, to create a level playing field for all.”

AquaX is open to all types of watercraft, with Yamaha, Kawasaki and BRP (Seadoo) models expected to race unmodified in two classes - 200 and 300hp – an attractive prize purse will be on offer for riders enrolled in the championship. Each two-day AquaX event will consist of two disciplines. Saturdays will see AquaX Match Racing, with competitors going head to head in a timed knock-out competition. On Sundays, the action will move to the P1 SuperStock race tracks, in a series of Rally Races where the focus switches to endurance riding and stamina over large courses.

Visit P1 AquaX website for more news and how you can take part as well!


SSA AGM with Lisa Barsby & Russell Marmon
March 2011 Solent Skiers Association AGM is this coming Sunday, 20th March at 7.30pm at the usual location, Lee on Solent Community Assoc, 51 Twyford Drive, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 8JU.

The AGM will be followed by the quarterly members meeting and we're very excited to say we will have guest speakers - Multi British, European and World Championship winner Lisa Barsby along with Russell Marmon who is fresh back from competing in USA's ultimate 300 mile endurance race! They will be talking about the exciting new race series "Aqua X" coming to the UK this season!





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