After years of unrest in the UK, the RYA powerboat racing division has thrown in the towel, and so can we now assume that a new governing body will be formed and who will be appointed to run it?
When the (Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association) OCRDA cast themselves adrift from the RYA two years ago it set the ball rolling and the majority of offshore clubs in the UK followed suite, although circuit clubs remained faithful to the RYA. However, it soon became clear these clubs alone were not enough to keep the RYA powerboat racing division afloat, and it was announced early this year that the Britain’s governing body was shutting down its official responsibility to powerboat racing at the end of the 2018 season, i.e. September.
Unfortunately, very little thought seems to have gone into who or what is going to replace the RYA, bearing in mind whoever takes over will govern offshore, circuit and Thundercat racing, and be acceptable to the UIM, the world’s governing body for powerboat racing, for inclusion in UIM World and European championship
To date, no names have been put forward to fill the role of manager of this mine-field of a job. Ideally, the person would be a non-competitor who has business/management skills, starting with a clean sheet or paper, and without prejudice deal with one dedicated representitive from each club who is a knowledgeable adviser from circuit when discussing a topic involving circuit and likewise offshore.
One of the criticisms that had been levied at the RYA and ultimately led to a general lack of confidence in the way it was being run was the question of how entry fees etc were being spent. Hopefully, one of the tasks of the new manager will be to ensure clubs are more transparent about where the competitors’ entry fees are allocated and that they provide a set of accounts.
Another issue that has been a problem in the past is double booking of race dates. Club secretaries should be encouraged to apply for calendar dates at the earliest opportunity so the racing calendar is published long before the new season kicks off.
While the RYA was Britain’s governing body affiliated to the UIM, it’s not essential, however, a team cannot compete at a UIM championship without it. Time will tell whether the UIM will relax that ruling in the future as how can it be a genuine European or World championship if it excludes major players from the UK.
As the 2018 season draws to a close most people will agree it’s been a successful season with well attended events both in offshore and circuit. However, there is little time to get administration in place for 2019. Let’s hope that those who enjoy a little power don’t put their egos ahead of common sense as perhaps you will recall, it was the in-fighting that played a part in the RYA’s departure.