Originally Posted by Cookee
Not sure that has anything to do with powerboat racing:
I have honestly never seen any powerboat race organiser insist on a safety boat skipper having a ticket to do the job. I think sailing and yacht clubs might require it if they use the club boats?
Not sure what darts has got to do with anything? Yes many sports get more money that powerboat racing - even yacht racing is much better funded with huge sponsors but they are in the Olympics. Unless you have a brilliant idea to change that then we have to man up and get on with it and do the best with what we've got and stop wingeing!
Cookee, it has nothing to do with racing, but RYA seem to have caused you all this grief as outlined in recent media and posts. Race organisers ask for safety boats I assume to marshal and act as rescue staff- RYA course states "communication, rescuing other water users" so it may be relevant.
I was unaware that organisers dont ask for a safety/training ticket- so effectively a volunteer could bring their boat into a high speed environment and act as a marshall with no training? I have worked at many of these from Cowes and seen the speeds and dangers and have seen some marshalls not helping your arguement.
I am fully behind your sport- my reference to darts was sponsors and TV money, Equestrian sports have the same problems your sport has, lack of funding for expensive activity. The RYA have a massive role to play here as they have influence