Nine teams are preparing themselves for the Powerboat Challenge in Lough Ree Yacht Club this Saturday 1st November.

  1. LRYC
  2. Bray SC 1
  3. Bray SC 2
  4. Wicklow SC
  5. Roscommon PB 1
  6. Leitrim PB 2
  7. North Shannon PB 3
  8. Galway Sea Scouts
  9. Galway City Sailing Club

They will be put through their paces with a range of challenges to test their Powerboat Skills. Safety is the priority when it comes to powerboating and the challenges reflect the need to have total control of your boat and understand the impact of the surrounding environment.  Here are some of the tasks they may be set -

- Basic Boat Handling
- Securing to and Leaving a Mooring Buoy
- Leaving and Coming Alongside
- Rescue and Recover Kayak / Canoe
- Rescue and Recover a Windsurfer
- Rescue and Recover an upturned Dinghy with no Crew
- Rescue and Recover a Multi Handed Dinghy with Spinnaker and Trapeze
- Set up a Trapezoid Racing Course
- Return to Shore and Safely tie to Trailer

The actual amount of tasks and which ones asked on the day will depend on weather conditions,  infrastructure available at the venue and timing restrictions. Each team will be compared and marked on the same amount and type of tasks performed. The assessment of a task is based on conducting it safely and correctly so points are awarded on demonstrating required protocols. Each task is also timed in case of a draw where the quickest team overall all tasks will win.

Each team has four members, plus a manager.  Each team will have two competitors no younger than 12 years of age and no older than 15 years of age and at lease one female crew.  Each team member will be helm at least one of the tasks.

A presentation will be made to the winning team and most outstanding powerboater at the end of the event.

Good luck lads and lasses.  Looking forward to a great weekend in Lough Ree.


posted on August 22, 2014 

The 2014 ISA Powerboat Challenge has been confirmed for Saturday 1st November at Lough Ree Yacht Club, commencing at 12 noon. There will be no regional events, just one national event compacted in to one day to make the competition more accessible to everyone nationally.

The challenge is based on many of the Safety Boat skills and is all water based, with teams consisting of adults and juniors. Clubs and centres are encouraged to use the event to help introduce training of powerboat skills amongst teens and adults alike.  

This date has been chosen so clubs and centres can avail of the school Halloween half term to facilitate team training running up to the event.

Each team will be tested for skills such as man over board rescue, lee shore landing, vessel rescue and more. Each team member will take the helm for at least one of the challenges.

Further details and entry forms are available here on line. Contact Ciaran for any further details.


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