Powerboat instructors from all over the south west took part in a fast-paced and wide-ranging training day on the River Dart on 29 September.

A total of 29 instructors attended the RYA development day, hosted by Noss Marine Academy at South Devon College, organised by RYA Regional Club Coach Pete Muskett and involving seven expert coaches.

The sessions, which included Planing, Displacement and Safety Boating, took place in 14 boats, including five large diesel vessels, five RIBs and four club safety boats borrowed from local clubs and organisations, including Britannia Royal Naval College.

One of the participants, Simon Dolphin from Skern Lodge in Bideford, said: “What a fantastic day it was. The boys from Skern and I were really enthused about what we had seen and done. The day was a break from the norm of ‘sit in a classroom for most of the day’ and you exceeded the mark!”

John Murrell, from South Devon, added: “Many thanks. I definitely learnt things and reinforced those bits I already knew. And how you managed such a range of boats was amazing - well done!"

Organiser Pete Muskett was delighted with the turnout for the event, and grateful for all the local support: “We were very happy to welcome instructors from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Wiltshire. It was fantastic to have perfect weather on the day, and so many great boats to train in, thanks to South Devon College, Noss Marine Academy, Britannia Royal Naval College, Stephenson Marine, Dart Sailability, Stoke Gabriel Boating Association and Noss Marina.”

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