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Old 30-01-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
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Wppa

This is published on the RYA website - has anyone got any views on this? OK that's probably a stupid question, I'm sure you have, but what do you think of the WPPA - is it going to ruin the sport or wake up the UIM and the National bodies to be more commercial in the future or some other view point?




The UIM is the International Governing body for the sport of Powerboat Racing worldwide. In 2006 a
new organisation was formed, the WPPA (World Professional Powerboat Association), the Chairman
of this is Saeed Hareb the former Chairman of the UIM Offshore Commission. This new body
primarily representing offshore Class One has not been recognised by the UIM and consequently any
races run by the WPPA will be ’non approved’ in accordance with UIM Rule 104. Any drivers or
officials who take part in any WPPA events will be subject to sanctions from the UIM; All WPPA
Board members have been suspended from holding any UIM office.
The RYA received a communication from the UIM on 12th December setting out their position,
including a letter from the Class I World Powerboat Championship dated 3 December detailing the
Board Members of the WPPA. We ask that all competitors and RYA officials read this
document carefully, (it is printed on the following pages).
The RYA recognise that this is a very serious situation and one which could have an extremely
negative effect on the sport both nationally and internationally. In an effort to find a solution to this
damaging situation the RYA have employed a team of specialist lawyers and we are expecting their
recommendations on how the RYA should proceed by the end of the month. We will keep the sport
fully informed as negotiations progress. The RYA is the national governing body for the sport and its
views are very well respected internationally, we will do everything possible to assist in bringing about
an acceptable solution to both sides but in the mean time would strongly caution any involvement
with the WPPA until a solution has been found.
John Puddifoot
RYA Powerboat Racing Manager
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Old 30-01-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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Things have moved on a bit since then. Shame the RYA website has not been updated.

On 16th January, there was a meeting at RYA HQ between WPPA, UIM & RYA representatives. Instigated by ORC members.

The RYA ORC is encouraging UIM & WPPA to maintain dialogue. WPPA have never publicly stated they wish to break away from UIM. Their initial approach actually asked for UIM recognition.

The recent change of UIM President will certainly change the situation!
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Old 31-01-2007, 09:21 AM   #3
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That all depends on who gets the top job at the UIM?
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Old 31-01-2007, 10:15 AM   #4
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Charles Strang (USA - old boy) is promoted from vice to President until the next General Assembley in November.
Steady pair of hands???????????
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NOBODY is older than Dave Manning!
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Getting back on track, I was sent some pdf's a while back, of the official wppa announcement presentation and some other bits.

I think it's important to post them, so as to get views from both sides, and because it shows that from the outset, their intension was to work alongside the UIM.

You may need to right click and 'save target as' and save to your computer, in order to view these, or it may just open adobe reader by clicking on the link.

www.boatmad.com/wppa/wppalaunch.pdf

www.boatmad.com/wppa/wppapresentation.pdf

www.boatmad.com/wppa/wppaplymouth07.pdf
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Old 31-01-2007, 02:49 PM   #9
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At last, the real reason why there's no Class One race in the UK this year. No, it's not the fact that Chris Parsonage won't pay up, or that the report by the QHM on last years race was less than kind, it's actually that Saeed Hareb forgot how the venues name was spelt.....Palymouth, or am I'm missing something here.
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Old 31-01-2007, 04:58 PM   #10
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QHM Plymouth only had critisism for the way that the 'UIM team' interfered with the qualified, approved and appointed race officials decision making.
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Old 31-01-2007, 05:40 PM   #11
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Now Just suppose Honda went WPPA what with the plymouth link
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