Since 2005 and in the face of increasing commercial and leisure traffic in its home waters, the Club has restricted itself to motorboat rallies, but still has strong affiliations with powerboat competition. Its Members have raced throughout more than five decades with success and distinction, taking national and world championship honours.

That racing heritage had been maintained throughout the modern history of the Club. We have hosted rounds of the Class I Offshore World and National championships, and have played a significant role in the organising of the Cowes to Torquay race meetings since 1961. The Club has initiated and administered the inaugural Round Britain Marathon and provided organisers for the two subsequent editions.

Members own powered craft, classic and modern, between 6 metre RIBs and 60 metre motor yachts. The calendar includes rallies in company in the Spring and Autumn, with an Open Weekend in the Summer. Launched in 2009 was an Inter-Club Team Trophy for teams of three vessels, of any size, with entries invited from other yacht clubs and owners associations, and the social nature of this and all our weekends is legendary! Alongside it is the EP Barrus Trophy, exclusively for RIBS, but any individual may enter either competition, and an annual dinner in December rounds out the year.

Sporting Clays Society

The Sporting Clays Society also falls within the purview of the Motorboat Division, catering for a very active section of our wider Club membership.

Between these interest groups, we hope that there is something to enthuse, encourage and stimulate our motor boat owning fraternity year round, and we warmly welcome new motor boating Members and hope that they may become involved.