RYA Press Release
2 March 2015
Eric Twiname Trust presents its 31st RIB to 29er Class Association
The 31st support craft funded by the Eric Twiname Trust was handed over to the 29er Class Association at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace this weekend (28 February).
Peter Whipp, Chairman of the Trust, presented 29er Class Association Chairman Clive Grummett and RYA Youth Racing Manager Mark Nicholls with the 5m XS RIB, complete with Yamaha 50hp four-stroke outboard, as part of its work in supporting competitive sailing for young people.Since 1993, when the first craft powered by Yamaha was handed to the 420 Class Association, the Trust has assisted eleven different RYA Youth Classes. Over £1 million has been provided so far by the Trust, since its formation 35 years ago.
The Trust funds the on-going provision and insurance of support RIBs for most of the RYA British Youth Sailing recognised Classes. This year was the turn of the 29er Class, a high performance youth skiff and part of the RYA recognised pathway, to receive the XS RIB, Yamaha outboard and road trailer which has been supplied through Barnet Marine of Welwyn Garden City.“The RYA and the 29er Class Association were delighted to take delivery of the latest XS 5.0M RIB, complete with trailer and 50HP Yamaha engine this weekend,” said RYA Youth Racing Manager Mark Nicholls.“Both the RYA and the Trust are grateful for the long-standing support of suppliers Barnet Marine and Yamaha motor UK. The sport of sailing has benefitted for many years from the support of the Eric Twiname Trust and this has enabled a great number of young sailors to get afloat and progress their skills and develop a lifetime passion for sailing. “We are extremely grateful for the on-going support of the Trust and look forward to continuing our association to provide the support and resources clubs and Class Associations need to provision for the next generation of young sailors.”
The Trust also supports young sailors in competition, with the RYA Eric Twiname Championships, held annually at Rutland Sailing Club, being the premier national event for RYA Zone and Home Country Junior teams in the UK, with over 270 sailors competing. In 2015 the event will be held for the 29th consecutive year, while the RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships will be held for the 14th consecutive year in 2015, and welcomes up to 50 teams from clubs and schools. Find out more about the Eric Twiname Trust.
Photo: Eric Twiname Trust Chairman Peter Whipp hands over the 31st Trust-supported RIB to RYA Youth Racing Manager Mark Nicholls and 29er Class Association Chairman Clive Grummett. Credit: Paul Wyeth/RYA.
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