The 88th UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) General Assembly concluded earlier this week revealing an important announcement that has a big impact on the future of the Australian Formula Jet Sprint Association (AFJSA).
As a result of significant behind the scenes work and extended negotiations by the AFJSA executive committee, the UIM - the sports international ruling body - has recognised the AFJSA as its own authority as the ruling body for the sport in Australia.
This corresponding membership of the UIM means that Australia will now be able to officiate on all matters with respect to the sport, and improve past relationships which often went through a second national authority, often delaying decisions which had a bearing on the sports ability to react to necessary change.
Whilst having little great effect on the way that the AFJSA administers the national championships - outside of the basic structure of the rules, which run in many cases alongside UIM mandated guidelines - the announcement does have an impact on the world series and the rules and decisions under which the events are run, specifically licencing and qualification of entries.
“It’s a proud moment for the AFJSA and a qualification for all the work the committee has done over the last 12-months,” AFJSA vice-President Greg Mercier admitted.
“It’s a significant step forward as we work to ensure the future of the sport and align ourselves with bodies like the New Zealand Powerboat Federation who also have their own voice on the UIM.
“For now the focus is the 2016 World Series, which is now just two months away.
“We’ve established one of the most competitive freight arrangements across the Tasman that the sport has ever had, so costs are a lot less than they have been in the past, and the competition has never been hotter.
“Teams from the USA, Canada and Australia will battle New Zealand’s best in what is likely to be the greatest jetsprint showdown in the history of the sport, it will certainly be one to remember, and quite possibly the last hurrah from some of the sports greatest champions.”
The 2016 World Series might be fast approaching, but for the Australian teams, they have a championship final to contest, with the sixth round of the 2015 Australian V8 Superboats Championship scheduled for the Tweed Coast venue in just over one weeks time (21-22 November).
To keep up to date with the event, keep a close eye on www.facebook.com/V8Superboats and the website; www.v8superboats.com.au
2015 Australian Superboat Championships
Rnd#1 - 7 March, Temora (NSW)
Rnd#2/3 - 23-24 May, Tweed Coast (NSW)
Rnd#4 - 8-9 August, Tweed Coast (NSW)
Rnd#5 - 24 October, Temora (NSW)
Rnd#6 - 21-22 November, Tweed Coast (NSW)
2016 UIM Jetsprint World Series
Rnd#1 - 23-24 January, Meremere Sprint Bowl, NZ
Rnd#2 - 29-30 January, Baypark Stadium, Mt Maunganui, NZ