Suzuki’s long-standing campaign to appeal to UK boaters on a more intimate and personal level at smaller, regional events continued in early March at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.

Last year, in its first year as title sponsor of the weekend event, Suzuki launched a trio of RYA-recommended safety boat packages for affiliated sailing clubs. This year, it offered people the chance to win one of them for their sailing club in the form of the Rigiflex Newmatic 360.

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show prize draw

Les McKee (centre), a member of Greenwich Yacht Club receives his prize from George Cheeseman of Suzuki Marine. The Rigiflex Newmatic 360 on an Extreme Trailer with a Suzuki DF9.9A on the stern is one of three RYA-specified safety-boat packages launched at last year's Dinghy Show and specifically aimed at yacht and dinghy clubs.


Equipped with a Suzuki DF9.9A four-stroke outboard engine and an Extreme trailer, the popular Newmatic 360 makes a particularly good club boat because of its strong, buoyant, rotomoulded polyethylene construction. Worth around £4,000, this joint-free, one-piece, plastic craft is designed to offer decades of robust, maintenance-free and impact-resistant service. As one of the three safety boat packages developed in conjunction with the RYA alongside Ribcraft and Rigiflex, it offers a simple package specifically tailored to the needs of clubs and training centres.

Having been picked from among 4,500 entries, Les McKee, a member of Greenwich Yacht Club, was impressively magnanimous about the fact that he would have to hand his prize directly to his club: “I don’t normally win anything, so this is fantastic. One of our current safety boats is pretty much on its last legs so the timing couldn’t be better.”

Suzuki Marine’s George Cheeseman, meanwhile, was very upbeat about the progress the show is making: “We are delighted with how popular the competition has been and are grateful to Rigiflex and Extreme Trailers for their support. Coming on as title sponsors for the show last year, we wanted to come in with a bang, so we came up with this great safety boat package competition, which really got people’s attention.”

To enter the free prize draw for the 2015-16 Safety Boat Competition, visit The deadline for entries is 31st January 2016.


Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.