Yamaha Motor UK announced as official outboard supplier to the British Sailing Team

Yamaha Motor UK is the official outboard supplier to the British Sailing Team for the next four-year cycle, which includes the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Yamaha outboard engines will be used on the fleet of around 40 rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) that the British Sailing Team uses for events and training around the world.

This agreement reflects the superior quality of the Yamaha outboards which have been the team’s choice of engines for nearly 30 years. Yamaha provides a range of engines to the team with bespoke developments underway to prepare the boats for use in the waters of South America ahead of extensive training the team have planned in the coming years.

The team operates a number of different sizes of support craft and has extensive experience with many different Yamaha outboard models. During the last four-year cycle the Team has relied mainly on the innovative Yamaha F70 and the powerful F150 engines all of which have utilised Yamaha’ s proven range of rigging parts.


Yamaha has always worked hard at getting the right blend of innovation and practicality and the British Sailing Team is the ultimate testing platform for Yamaha engines. The average outboard on one of the British Sailing Team RIB’s spends an average 500 hours on the water per year, testing the durability and reliability of the engine to the maximum.


John Derbyshire, Performance Director of the RYA, speaks highly of the Yamaha products: “Our coach boats are an integral part of the safety and logistics of the British Sailing Team, and with one of the biggest fleets of RIB’s in the UK, it is paramount that we have the best products on the market.” Derbyshire continues: “The Yamaha products are our engine of choice due to their reliability, and advanced technology, it is no surprise that they are the leading outboard supplier in the world and we look forward to working with the team at Yamaha to equip and support the team in the coming years.”


Jeff Turner, Marketing Manager of Yamaha UK, commented: “The work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the British Sailing Team competing at the very highest level really has to be seen to be believed. The professionalism and dedication of the RYA support personnel is really quite extraordinary and the fact that the team chooses and relies on Yamaha power for their support craft is something that Yamaha UK is very proud of. We are looking forward to working with and supporting the team as they set their sights on South America.”