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Thirty-first Yamaha-powered RIB handed over to youth sailors by Eric Twiname Trust

Thirty-first Yamaha-powered RIB handed over to youth sailors by Eric Twiname Trust

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, 28 Feb - 1 March ’15. Stand D14 at 14.00

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, 28 Feb - 1 March ’15. Stand D14 at 14.00

At the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, on Saturday 28th March, the 31st support craft funded by the Eric Twiname Trust is to be handed over to 29er Class Association on the XS RIB stand by Peter Whipp, Chairman 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. Over £1 million has been provided so far by the Trust, since its formation 35 years ago.

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.

The Trust funds the on-going provision and insurance of support RIBs for most of the RYA pathway supported and recognised junior and youth classes. This year it is the turn of the 29er Class, a high performance youth skiff and RYA recognised pathway, to receive the XS RIB, Yamaha outboard and road trailer which has been supplied through Barnet Marine of Welwyn Garden City.

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 with their Yamaha outboards, once replaced with new support craft, have been bought by class associations and are still active.

For more:

YamahaMotor (UK)
Jeff Turner, Manager, Marketing, Marketing & Communications Division, tel: 01932 358000
jeff.turner@yamaha-motor.co.uk

Royal YachtingAssociation
Emma Slater, PR & Press Officer, tel: 02380 604215 or 07880 744 425
emma.slater@rya.org.uk

Background

Who was Eric Twiname?
Eric Twiname was a rare individual who excelled at many things. He was a brilliant pianist, cellist, a qualified pilot, a prolific writer of books, articles and plays, and above all a superb sailor. Born in Workington, Cumbria, he was taught to sail at an early age by his father on Bassenthwaite in the Lake District. He became captain of his university team and then captain of the British Universities Sailing Association, with which he team-raced in Europe and the USA during the 1960s. In addition to winning many championships in GP14s, Lasers and International Canoes, he also had a profound influence on the administration of sailing, especially in the area of the Racing Rules. He served on the Racing Rules Committee of the RYA and in 1976 was appointed as Racing Rules adviser to the British Olympic Team; he went with the team that year to Kingston, Ontario, for the Olympic Regatta. Eric died in 1980.

What is the Eric Twiname Trust?
The Trust was set up in an informal way in 1980 by Eric's father Alec, in order to perpetuate Eric’s memory and to enable his many and diverse sailing interests to continue. At first the Trust responded to calls for funding from many areas, including round-the-world yachtsmen, disabled sailors and Olympic campaigns, with Alec paying the grants out of his own pocket. However, a more formal approach emerged with the formation in 1991 of a charitable trust, which concentrated on youth sailing, and especially on racing. Alec Twiname settled an amount of capital to the Trust, which was invested to provide a steady annual income so that today over £1,000,000 has been provided for deserving sailing causes.

Alec died in 1996 and his widow, Hazel, now heads the Trust as its Patron. The finances of the Trust and the designation of funds are run by a small team of trustees, most of whom are keen sailors, and all good friends of the Twiname family.

The Eric Twiname Trust http://erictwinametrust.org Registered Charity 1002313

Contact: Bruce Aitken, Secretary, tel. 07767 262561 or bruce8ken@btinternet.com

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Yamaha is also the official outboard supplier to British Sailing Team

During PSP Southampton Boat Show 2013 Yamaha Motor UK was announced as the official outboard supplier to the British Sailing Team for this 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 three 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.”

For more on the full line up of Yamaha products including outboards used by the British sailing Team visit www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/products/marine-engines/index.aspx and www.facebook.com/yamaha.motor.uk

For the latest news from the British Sailing Team visit www.britishsailingteam.com

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