Thirtieth Yamaha-powered RIB handed over to youth sailors by Eric Twiname Trust.
RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, 1 - 2 March 2014. Stand D16 at 15.30.

At the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, on the 1st March, the 30th support craft funded by the Eric Twiname Trust is to be handed over to Gareth Tweedle, from the Techno UK Windsurfing Class Association, on the XS RIB stand by Peter Whipp, secretary of the Trust. The new 5m XS RIB, complete with Yamaha 50hp four-stroke outboard, will go into service almost immediately. Since 1993, when the first craft powered by Yamaha was handed to the 420 Class Association, the Trust has assisted eleven different youth classes. Almost 1,000,000 has been provided so far.

As a registered charity, the Eric Twiname Trust has a mandate to support competitive sailing for young people, including the encouragement of clubs to establish junior fleets and junior race-training programmes, and by so doing has helped a large number of youngsters on to the water for more than twenty-one years.

The Trust funds the on-going provision and maintenance of support RIBs for all RYA-recognised national youth classes. This year, the Techno UK windsurfer class, which has a strong following of under-16-olds, will receive the XS RIB, Yamaha outboard and a road trailer.

Yamaha outboards have always been fitted to the RIBs supplied by the Trust, although originally Yamaha 40hp two-stroke outboards were recommended. Now the latest Yamaha F50 four-stroke has been specified to give reliable and consistent power as a mid-range workhorse for team support. All RIBs are subject to regular replacement according to their usage, ensuring teams always have a valuable, versatile and dependable training asset.

Nearly all the original RIBs and Yamaha outboards, once replaced with new support craft, have been bought by class associations and are still active.

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