15th July 2020

UIM Guidelines for mitigating COVID-19 related risks at Powerboating Events

Please find attached an online link to the   “UIM Guidelines for mitigating COVID-19 related risks at Powerboating Events” for your attention,


These Guidelines were elaborated by a special Task Force mandated by the UIM COUNCIL to provide expert advice in our efforts to protect the Powerboating Community from the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic on our return to resuming the international racing activity.


Thanks to the joint efforts of governments and populations we are on the way to overcome the pandemic and the moment has arrived where numerous Sports Organizations have reinitiated the staging of international competitions, and we very much look forward to the UIM Powerboating Events that lie ahead of us as from the month of August.


We hope the attached guidelines may be of good use for those involved in the organization of national and international powerboating Events in your country and we remain at your disposal for any further related clarification or assistance you may wish to receive.  


Yours sincerely,


Thomas Kurth

Secretary General


17th June 2020

Sport Ireland COVID-19 Return to Sport


Protect yourself from COVID-19
Hand hygiene
Equipment hygiene
How to manage a participant with COVID-19 symptoms?
Safe Return to Sport and Physical Activity Checklist
Group Advice
COVID-19 Officer
Recording Attendance at Activities
Outdoors for Everyone Guidelines
Return to Sport Phase 2 Advice
Knowledge Check / Quiz
Stay Informed

Full Details on Sport Ireland Website


17th May 2020

COVID-19 Statement

Statement 2 from Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI)


Best up to date advice on the Coronavirus (COVID 19)  Pandemic can be found on the websites of both the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Government. (see below links)

Similarly in regard to Sporting activities both Sport NI and Sport Ireland have being in constant communications with their government partners to ensure Sport can be resumed as soon as possible and in a safe and responsible manner. (see below links)

We will continue to monitor and be guided by Government policy and update the advice accordingly.
For now the PBANI has taken the difficult decision to suspend all PBANI sanctioned events and training until 30th June 2020, this date may be revised, any revision will be in our members and the sports best interest.

We continue to ask you all to be diligent in maintaining a constant watch on the potential spread of COVID-19, and to ensure first and foremost the safety of yourself and those closest to you.

Oliver Haire
Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland

24th March 2020

COVID-19 Statement

Statement from Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI)


The PBANI is mindful of the developing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and we understand that this may be likely to accelerate in the weeks and months ahead. As a consequence of this ongoing health emergency and in accordance with the measures being implemented throughout the island of Ireland to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19, the PBANI has taken the difficult decision to suspend all PBANI sanctioned events and training until 31st May 2020, This date may be revised but will be guided by Government policy, any revision will be in our members and the sports best interest. 


As always, the health and safety of our members, the Powerboating community and in this case the general public is of paramount importance. In keeping with Government guidelines part of which advise against mass gatherings, to minimise social contact and avoid non-essential travel to curb the spread of the virus. We haven’t taken the decision to suspend all events and training lightly, however it’s important that we all play our part in combatting the spread of this virus. We are here to support members, affiliates and other stakeholders at this time and would strongly urge anyone with questions to contact us. These are extraordinary times, such as we have not seen before, one thing that is certain is that we will come through this but unfortunately no one can put a time on when that will be.


Our thoughts go out to anyone and their families who have been affected by the virus and to all our members who for months have been devoting their time and energy to the preparation and planning of the 2020 events. Thank you for your support and your commitment to our sport. We share your disappointment and wish to express our solidarity and support. 


Finally, we ask you all to be diligent in maintaining a constant watch on the potential spread of COVID-19, and to ensure first and foremost the safety of yourself and those closest to you.


We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update the advice accordingly.
Oliver Haire
Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland

April 24th 2019

RCYC meet the UIM 

Colin Morehead Vice-Admiral Royal Cork Yacht Club meets with UIM President Raffael Chiulli and UIM Secretary General Thomas Kurth to discuss plans for the Powerboat Weekend to be held in July 2020 during RCYC 300th Year celebrations

The PBANI made a formal request for UIM World Championship status to be granted to a Offshore Marathon Race.

March 17th 2019

PBANI Powerboat/Rib Rally on Lough Erne

Two great days was has by members of the PBANI who undertook a Powerboat/Rib Rally from Lisnaskea Boat Club ( Co Fermanagh) to Belturbet (Co Cavan). 

Special Thanks to Joe Gavin and the Lisnaskea Boat Club.

November 2018

PBANI to work closely with Sport NI

Contact was made with Sport Northern Ireland to inform them to the fact that the PBANI was granted Full Membership by the UIM. 

Advice was sought into best practices within Sport and to the process of being registered as the  NGB For Powerboat Racing in NI.

15th July 2020

UIM Yearbook 2020

Attached is a link to this Years UIM Yearbook



Oliver Haire
Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland

4th June 2020

A Framework To Guide Progression Towards A Resumption Of Sport And Physical Recreation in NI.


What is it?

a Guide for Sports, giving high level essential guidance on planning the resumption of sporting activity;
based on information from a wide range of sources both within Ireland and Great Britain, as well as Europe, Australia and New Zealand;
a Framework that recognises the unique context of Northern Ireland Sport, with many sports operating on an all island basis, others on a UK basis and some as stand-alone NI organisations;
a reference point for all the on-going support available right across the sports sector at all levels, from single participants at local level to clubs and through to high performance and professional athletes.

To get more information please follow the link to Sport Northern Ireland Website


April 2020

UIM Newsletter - APRIL



•Protective face masks offered to the UIM  by China WaterSki, Underwater & Powerboat Federation /  Tianrong Sports
•Extraordinary Council Meeting to be held on May 8th



•Information on the Outbreak of COVID-19
  •WADA Alpha QuizWADA Alpha Quiz
  •Be active at home with Marit Stromoy
  •Live Interviews and Q&A sessions


  •Mathilda Wiberg
  •Ander-Hubert Lauri
  •Claudio Fanzini
  •Kevin Reiterer

LInk to Newsletter


May 24th 2019

International Powerboat Festival RCYC

July 11 to 12th, 2020 will see an International Power Boat Festival held in Cork Harbour and the waters off of the Cork Coast.


UIM Offshore Marathon World Champion.  (11th July)

This event will see a modern fleet of endurance offshore racing boats taking on the waters off the Cork Coast.

British International Harmsworth Trophy (11th July)

To honour of the Royal Cork Yacht Club hosting the inaugural Race for this  historic trophy over 100 years ago in 1903,

Classic Motor Boat Rally(12th July)

In honour of the Royal Cork hosting the inaugural Harmsworth Cup Race in 1903, the course will be similar to the original Harmsworth course from the 1903 Royal Cork Yacht Club building (Now the Sirius Arts Centre) in Cobh, Co. Cork to Cork City via Blackrock Castle on the River Lee.

UIM Long Distance Cork-Fastnet-Fastnet World record. (12th July)

The UIM Long Distance World Record “Cork-Fastnet-Cork” awaits any team that wishes to take on the challenge. Presently set at 2 Hours 6 Minutes and 47 seconds. a total distance of 115.2 Nautical Miles in a faster time. Those achieving this will not only be honoured with a UIM World record but also get their names inscribed on the All-Black FPT Challenge Trophy.

Fleet Review

There will be a fleet review for all Royal Cork and visiting yachts/craft with the Admiral and Flag Officers of the yacht club and other dignitaries between two of the former club premises on Haulbowline Island and Cobh.

There will be a few surprises on the day and everyone is strongly encouraged to participate in what we believe will be a fitting spectacle to celebrate where it all began

April 14th 2019

PBANI granted National Authority for Ireland

Due to the resignation of the ISA as National Authority for Ireland, the PBANI were granted full National Authority status for the island of Ireland by the UIM Council at the UIM Mid-Term meetings.

December 28th 2018

PBANI Powerboat/Rib Rally on Lough Derg

PBANI members spend two days on Lough Derg during the Christmas/new year period. This was the second in a series of Rallies

October 28th 2018

PBANI granted Full Members Status by the UIM

The PBANI was granted Full Membership by the UIM at the 91st UIM General Assembly. From the 1st January 2019 the PBANI will be the UIM National Authority for Northern Ireland.

20th june 2020


Road to Recovery

Statement 3 from Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI)

With the ongoing easing of the Covid 19 Restrictions and in keeping with Government Guidelines, The board of the PBANI have taken a decision to lift the present suspension on PBANI sanctioned events in a staged manner from 1st July 2020. 
The stages for the resumption of our sport are as follows. 

Stage 1: 
From 1st July - Recreational events, E.g. Rib Raid, Powerboat rallies etc.

Stage 2:
From 24th July  – Training Courses e.g. UIM Propstars Training, Navigation Training, Engine maintenance etc.

Stage 3: 
From 1st August  – Powerboat Race Training  and Powerboat Record attempts

Stage 4:
From 4th September – National Powerboat Racing Events.

Stage 5:
Date TBA – International Powerboat racing events.

These dates may be revised, any revision will be in accordance with Government Guidelines and in our members and the sports best interest. 

Please be advised when planning or attending an event, that you must take into consideration and strictly adhere to Government guidelines on Covid 19 prevention measures e.g. Social distancing, Number of people in attendance etc. 
Other considerations are guidelines issued by  Local Authorities, Harbour masters, UIM Etc.
These guidelines are for all our safety and we ask everyone to play their part in ensuring that our sport is safe and enjoyable.

Finally, we ask you all to continue to be diligent in maintaining a constant watch on the potential spread of COVID-19, and to ensure first and foremost the safety of yourself and those closest to you.
Oliver Haire
Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland

19th May 2020


UIM extraordinary Council Meeting to deal with impact of Covid 19 epidemic on Powerboat Sport


 A record number of UIM Council members and Committee Chairpersons responded to President Chiulli's call to participate in an extraordinary plenary meeting, held for the first time by video conference, to address the various aspects of the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Creation of “UIM COVID-19 Recovery Task Force”
Following the proposal of UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, the Council unanimously agreed to set up a “UIM COVID-19 Recovery Task Force” to provide guidance to the UIM Executive Committee in the Federation’s response to the multiple challenges the Powerboat Sport was facing. Under the lead of UIM Secretary General Thomas Kurth, experts in the fields of medical care and epidemiologic prevention, legal protection, risk assessment, Sport event and emergency management, will analyse relevant data and information in consultation with an advisory group comprising athlete representatives, promoters and local organizers, with the purpose to provide concrete guidance on the way back to safe practice of international powerboat racing in each of the UIM disciplines, in full respect of the measures taken by governments and competent authorities.
On another note, the UIM Council also agreed to take the opportunity of the disruptive situation caused by the pandemic to “...review fundamental pillars of the Powerboating Sport, such as the UIM’s governance structures, the sporting rules and regulations, the racing formats and the way the sport was brought to the fans and to the wider audience.” as the UIM President had suggested.
 Re-launch of UIM XCAT World Championship
The UIM Council was delighted to receive the information that one of the UIM’s flagship classes, the XCAT World Championship was ready for a fresh start following the execution of a framework agreement between the UIM, the Offshore Powerboat Teams Association OPTA and a global media & marketing partner for the purpose of setting up a Joint Venture Company, World Powerboat Management (“WPM”) to run the UIM XCAT World Championship.
While waiting for the world to re-open again to international sport events, the WPM Management has started work on the safety protocols to be applied as of the first race in 2020, to ensure that all necessary arrangements shall be ready for reducing any Covid-19 related risks and protecting all those involved in the organization and running of events of this prestigious Offshore powerboat racing series when it will resume.

25th March 2020

International Powerboat Festival RCYC CANCELLED

Cork300 Update – 

Firstly, we hope that you and your family are all well whilst we collectively face the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Over the last number of weeks, we have been carefully monitoring the developing global situation. We have also taken continued guidance from Government officials, the Health Service Executive, Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI), Irish Powerboat Association and other experts as to the impact it will have on our  Cork300 International Powerboat Festival schedule of events. 

To enable us provide clarity to all visitors and participants to our various Tricentenary celebrations and to protect their health and that of the volunteers and community at large, the Club, with the full support of its partners, have made the following difficult decisions regarding Cork300 International Powerboat Festival events scheduled for July 2020.

•    British International Harmsworth Trophy - Cancelled
•    UIM World Marathon Championship – Cancelled
•    Classic Boat Rally – Cancelled
•    UIM Cork – Fastnet - Cork Record Attempt – Cancelled

Visitors and competitors who have entered any of these events via the Cork300 website and paid the required entry fee will be refunded in full. We ask that you liaise directly with your accommodation provider in relation to accommodation cancellations and refunds. 

This announcement of course comes with deep regret and will have an impact on the sailing and powerboating community as well as the local economy. However, in the three hundred years since the foundation of the Royal Cork Yacht Club we have faced many adversities and we are confident that working together we will see our clubs, our countries and global sailing and powerboating community come through these difficult and challenging times. Indeed we look forward to welcoming as many visitors and competitors as possible back to Cork to enjoy the International Powerboat Festival in the future.

I would like to thank our partners for their unwavering support, especially in recent weeks – AIB (premier partner), Volvo Car Ireland (Cork Week title sponsor and Cork300 partner) our Foundation Partners the Port of Cork and Cork County Council and other Cork300 partners,  Cork City Council, Heineken, Musto, Dubarry, and Doyle Shipping Group. To the voluntary committee and staff at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, along with supporting organisations and clubs such as Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), Trustees of the British International Harmsworth Trophy, Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland and the Irish Powerboat Association who have worked tirelessly over the past months and years to plan for the International Powerboat Festival – I offer my sincere thanks. 

In conclusion, a very big thank you to you the powerboating community, our family and friends worldwide, for your support as we navigate these uncharted waters together; we truly value your friendship more than ever.

Finally, can I say that words cannot describe how thankful we are for the hard work of everyone who is making significant sacrifices to keep us safe in these unprecedented times.

On behalf of the Flag Officers and Members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club may I wish you and all of your families the best in these unprecedented times and look forward to welcoming you to our Club soon.

Yours sincerely,

Colin R. Morehead
Chairman, Cork300
Admiral, Royal Cork Yacht Club

May 24th 2019

PBANI Launch Website

PBANI are proud to launch its new website.


Sponsored by Powerboat Ireland Marine services Ltd, it is hoped that this website will promote the sport to a wider audience. Powerboat racing has always been cross community with participants from all parts of Ireland working together to develop a vibrant sport which is open to all. This is to continue under the PBANI.

April 14th 2019

PBANI at UIM Mid-Term meetings

Powerboat NI President Oliver Haire with UIM President Raffael Chiulli and UIM Secretary General Thomas Kurth at the UIM Mid-Term Meetings.

November  24th 2018

PBANI 1st Powerboat/Rib Rally on Lough Neagh

The newly formed PBANI held its first Powerboat/Rib rally over the weekend on Lough Neagh. The event was well attended and enjoyed by all.

Talk is already of a series of rallies.

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