It also gave a chance for two newly-qualified Powerboat Instructors to use their skills, assisting Sailing Development Officer Alan Jones to deliver the course.

Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club played host to the training as their waters were better suited for the event. One of their members was one of the candidates, while the other five came from Ribble Cruising Club.

The Principal of B&FYC Andy Airnes said "I�m really glad it went so well and everyone had a good time. We are happy to host follow-up sessions, Safety Boat etc, or other clubs who want to do PB courses but don�t have the facilities."

Sharron and Steve Peers achieved their RYA Powerboat Instructors qualifications in November. They volunteered their time to help run the course and have offered to help the Region in future.

Alan Jones said it was his first Powerboat course at B&FYC and he had little knowledge of the area beyond Skipool Creek which is outside the club. "Charley Cunningham, B&F YC PB Instructor helped me with knowledge of the area and accompanied us on day two of the course, showing us the uncharted route to the lateral buoyage, which doesn't begin until Fleetwood."

Andy Aimes also paid tribute to Charley: "He has been a great asset to us. He has been a student over the last couple of years at Fleetwood Nautical College, qualifying to be a merchant navy deck officer. He is graduating soon and when he finds a job at sea we will loose him from our team. Being an SI, and a PB instructor has been a big help, along with being a very personable and competent young man. He deserves to do well in the future."

There was another connection to the Nautical College: the B&FYC candidate Anindya teaches Maritime Law there.

Rob Jarman , Principal at Ribble Cruising Club said Alan had enabled a whole range of improvements at the club, on the training side in particular.

And he commended the trainees from RCC: "I was really impressed with their dedication to the course, despite the challenging nature of the temperature.  Having the support of two new Instructors on the course can only have benefited the course in general and it would be good to have their support again in future courses."