The Club is also delighted to announce that TLM Laser, the Laser marking and engraving machines and systems company has agreed to continue as the Regattas main sponsor for the 2018 Regatta.

Founded in January 2006, TLM-Laser Limited are a dedicated laser service company, providing a second to none service and maintenance program which they can implement to best suit their growing customer demands. Located regionally throughout the UK they provide a quick and efficient service whether it be a preventative maintenance contract or emergency breakdown cover. Their highly trained and experienced engineers have vast experience on a complete range of lasers. Whether it be lamp pumped lasers, diode pumped or CO2, they will endeavour to maintain and extend their growing reputation at the forefront of the laser servicing and repair industry by carrying out scheduled maintenance visits as well as providing call out cover. As well as providing a quick and efficient service to our customers, TLM-Laser also supply a wide range of laser safety equipmentspare partsfume extraction, chillers, training, consultancy and sub-contract laser marking.

Initially providing a ‘Total Laser Maintenance’ service, the company now offers a complete range of laser products from some of the leading names in laser technology. Alltec, Foba, Innolas, Univet, Bofa, ALPHA LASER, Coherent Laser Machining and Swisstec Micromachining are names immediately recognised globally within the laser industry for the highest of quality and outstanding customer service. All supported by experienced and highly trained engineers to ensure equipment generates the maximum in productivity.

TLM Laser prides itself on being a Solutions company. Through our long term experience and cutting edge expertise, we are able to understand our customers’ needs and tailor our services to meet them.

TLM Laser Director Andy Tom’s son Ben rows for the Ryde Club and Andy, a strong supporter of the Club, has first hand experience of the Regatta having provided and skippered the Umpires boat for the 2016 & 2017 Regatta – a duty he will be performing again for the 2018 event.

Event Sponsorship Opportunity.

Since 1972 the two main Isle of Wight Rowing Clubs, Ryde and Shanklin have hosted Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Championship Regattas. These two events, staged over a weekend between early May and mid-June each year, bring around fifteen visiting mainland Rowing Clubs from all along the South Coast and occasionally inland - some 800 competitors and supporters - to the Island. As this is a weekend event most of our visitors stay over for the full weekend bringing a useful boost to early season trade for many Island businesses and the events provide a free sporting spectacle for Islanders and visitors alike and generate useful publicity for the Island.

The success of the two events has on three occasions led to the Island being awarded the prestigious South Coast Rowing Championships Regatta which the Ryde and Shanklin Clubs have organised jointly on behalf of the Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association. The Island Regatta weekend is one of the most popular in the South of England - regularly attracting over one hundred entries to each event - and with the growth in the sport this popularity is expected to continue to grow.

Coastal rowing remains one of the few truly amateur sports still in operation with no payments or expenses paid to competitors, officials or coaches and no cash prizes awarded. The regatta costs around £4,000 to stage with around £1,200 raised through entry fees and program sales. The balance is raised through grant aid (our thanks to Ryde Town Council) - the main sponsor and event sponsorship and program advertising - with the Club underwriting any shortfall.

Event sponsorship and program advertising is available - and costs £50 for a quarter page advert and £100 for a half page. Regatta programme is A2 size. In addition to the advertising space we will link advertisers to an event or cost of the Regatta and give them additional publicity over the P.A. system during the Regatta. We will also be prepared to display any publicity material made available at the Clubhouse and to circulate additional advertising material when the programmes are distributed.

If you are interested please contact the Regatta Secretary. Steve Bull by E Mailing - stephencbull@gmail.com.