Originally Posted by Neil Harvey
Did they change from Geckos and does anyone know why?
Yep. After an incident in one of the K-class races the RYA reviewed their position on safety helmets for UK powerboat racing. This was because the helmet of the young competitor became detatched during the incident, and the propellor of the second boat involved in the incident appeared to have cut through the helmet and into his skull.
In the review, two issues became evident - firstly that the one-size-fits-all Geko helmets aren't necessarily suitable for young (under 16) competitors. Secondly, the Geko helmets were tested against motorcycle helmets. It was found that they do not offer the same level of impact protection as approved motorcycle helmets.
In view of this, the RYA had no option but to rule that Geko helmets are not suitable for competitive use. The rules now specify a standard for helmets in competition - ECE22-05 I believe.
IMHO this shouldn't be taken as a view that Geko is a bad helmet - the product was never designed for powerboat racing, but was adopted by a number of UK powerboat race participants as a convenient lightweight solution when there were no specific rules.