History of Cornwall Watersports.
Formally trading as Charlestown Watersports the business was originally set up to try and encourage young people into watersports, and to fill a hole in the market that existed in the St Austell bay area. In 2004 Charlestown Watersports started trading with a couple of kayaks, windsurfers and a rescue boat. Unfortunately in 2011, Charlestown Watersports lost its battle with English Heritage to operate from Charlestown Harbour necessitating a move to Pentewan Sands where the business has flourished developing into what it is to-day. Cornwall watersports now boasts an 8.5m RIB, ‘Ghostrider’, a 6.2 meter rib with a 135 hp engine (ex-racing rib) fitted with a ski pole for learning water skiing and wake boarding and the other main boat, a Baja 200SS with inboard V8 and volvo Penta outrive, a picture of which is below. There is now water-skiing, ringo rides, banana rides, wakeboarding, stand up paddleboards, windsurf, kayak and pico sail boat hire. The retail side of the business is starting to work well with some excellent bargains to be had!
About the owner
Bruce Keeping, a St Austell man, learnt to sail at the age of 4 and has not been off the sea since, his enthusiasm and passion for watersports is contagious. He trained as a physical education and maths teacher, ran his own windsurfing school and built Division I racing sailboards. Bruce’s board won the World Championships in 1988 sailed by his brother Peter Keeping and the British nationals the following year in 1989 sailed by Bruce (See under windsurfing). He spent 8 years in the Middle East, as a Recreation manager and then General manager of a marine company in Kuwait, before returning to the UK in 1997.
“Ghostrider” is an 8.5m RIB ( Rigid inflatable boat), with an inboard 260 HP yamaha diesel with a hydradrive outboard unit. The Hull was built and competed in the round Britain race, not this boat, but the same design of hull held the record for its class for seven years. It is a well proven hull. The boat is coded for 14 persons which includes the skipper and one crew. The jockey seats and bench seat will seat 11 people. There is also space for 4 to sit on the engine compartment. There is ample locker space with space under each jockey seat as well.
This Baja 200SS is an American 20ft boat with inboard chevrolet 5.7L V8. It was straight through exhaust until this season, but is now ‘silenced’ through the exhaust. It is from 1984 vintage and was ‘rescued’while living in Kuwait. It has been in the family since 1991 and has had just about everything done. We have maintained the boat ourselves and if time allows will have a few ‘how to do’ pages added to the site. We have rebuilt the engine, made it fresh water cooled by adding a heat exchanger- well worth doing, rewired the boat, fitted new instruments, new seats, upholstery, and the next stage is to convert to LPG.
6.2 meter Vectra hull fitted with trim tabs and water ballast system. The Bagheera has a 135 hp 2 stroke, which is as you boaters will know, gives extremely fast throttle responses and is good for water skiers and wake boarders. It is fitted with a training pole to teach water skiing and to give a big wake for wake boarders we can load the water ballast tanks to give a bigger wake.