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February 2015

Youth Powerboat Regional Finals returns to the Mount Batten Centre

22nd February 2015

The Honda RYA Youth Rib championship South West Regional Final is returning to the Mount Batten Centre on the 23rd May 2015. Competitors from across the South West Region aged between 8 and 16 will be demonstrating their powerboating skills with the ultimate goal of winning a powerboat for their sailing club.

The RYA (Royal Yachting Association), through its network of affiliated clubs, organisations and training centres will again run a Youth National Championship in Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). 14 Regional Finals are held across the UK with the winner in each age group (8-12 years and 13-16 years) taking part in the National Final held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 13th September 2015. The goal at the National Final is for competitors to win a Highfield 460 or Honwave T40 for their club

The centre is delighted to have been chosen once again as the host venue for the Regional Final having hosted the event previously in 2012 and 2014. Alex King, Centre manager is looking forward to a thrilling event for both competitors and spectators “This is a fantastic event which showcases the centre’s excellent facilities for hosting watersports competitions. The competitors will have a super time demonstrating  their powerboat handling skills in the Cattewater Harbour, whilst spectators will be able to watch the thrilling activity from the comfort of the Isobar balcony”

If you would like to enter this year’s event please complete the entry form below and email to or by post to Sam Waites, Mount Batten Centre, 70 Lawrence Road, Plymouth, PL9 9SJ

Regional Final Entry Form (pdf)

Posted by Sam Waites at 10:30am

Charity status for Plymouth’s largest Watersports and Activities Centre

3rd February 2015

Plymouth's, Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre has been granted Charity status.

The Centre, which last year celebrated its fifteen year anniversary, providing watersports and activities to the local and wider community, had previously been run as a not-for-profit Centre.

Successfully meeting the criteria governed by Charity Law to enable the Centre to become a Charity, the Centre has always in its sixteen years of operation considered the ‘advancement of education’ and the ‘advancement of amateur sport’ at its core and ‘to promote, sustain and increase individual and collective knowledge and understanding of specific areas of study, skills and expertise.’

The Centre also satisfied the criteria of ‘public benefit requirement’ – as one of the leading Watersports and Activities Centres in the South West, the Mount Batten Centre provides activities, courses and programmes that both individuals, clubs and event organisers greatly benefit from.

Alex King, General Manager at the Centre said “With our newly established Charity status we will be able to access funding and grants, and benefit from tax relief, enabling us to increase our offering and make further improvements to the Centre, ensuring that all of our activities continue to be for the benefit of the Plymouth, and wider, community.

Our new Charity status is much more than a formality – whilst I’m sure many of our customers already thought we were a Charity, the difference between operating now as one compared to a not-for-profit will benefit our current, and new, customers, now and in the future."

Perfectly situated on the tidal estuary of Plymouth Sound, the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre is one of the South West's foremost outdoor education centres, hosting school residentials, regattas, training courses and recreational sessions each year; the Centre is also a conference, wedding and events venue, with on-site accommodation.

The small team of staff run the Centre with the primary aim to continue to support watersports education, training and activities to people from all over the UK.

Alex continues "We have lots of exciting plans for the Centre in 2015 including working with local, regional and national partners to provide new training courses and sessions, hosting some large scale events which attract coverage from around the world and continuing to work with the local community to raise awareness of the importance of being safe and respecting the water." 

To find out more about the Mount Batten Centre and its new programme of events, sessions and courses please visit or call 01752 404567.

Posted by Mount Batten Centre at 9:12am


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