American UIM official says British approach to powerboating safety is a world leader

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A three-day powerboat safety seminar at RYA headquarters in Hamble has been hailed a success after attracting a large number of officials.

The sessions were headed by American guest Bob Wartinger, chairman of Cominsafe at the Monaco-based Union Internationale Motornautiqe (UIM), responsible for all aspects of powerboat racing safety worldwide.

His discussions illustrated the effect of accidents on the human body and how the design of hulls and cockpit cells can lessen the risks.

Wartinger also praised the efforts of the RYA in its approach to the safety of craft and its strict enforcement of regulations.

“I’m extremely impressed with the British attitude to racing safety,” he said.

“I’m particularly taken by the way it has been emphasised at these seminars. The attendance and enthusiasm of British officials is far ahead of other countries I’ve recently visited. I will certainly carry this back to Cominsafe as a leading example that others would do well to follow.”

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