Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen Brother 2017 Optimist Academy 728x90

RYA Youth RIB Championship final at Southampton Boat Show

by Susie Nation-Grainger on 17 Sep 2012
Winners - Honda RYA Youth RIB Final 2012 RYA http://www.rya.org.uk
Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship final took place at the PSP Southampton Boat Show yesterday, Sunday 16th September. The winners were crowned in front of a packed crowd.

Competing throughout the day in overcast weather conditions, the 29 young powerboating finalists from across the country demonstrated great skill and speed at the throttle of the two Ribcraft 4.8m RIB’s around a difficult course.

However, for the second year running, it was a clean sweep for Parkstone Yacht Club and the Southern Region, as the competition saw twelve year old Charlie Martin and thirteen year old Harrison Faull blast their way to championship glory.

In the 8-12 age group, Charlie clinched the winners title almost 17 seconds ahead of second place James Heys from the Eastern Region, securing a winning time of 01:02:48. This was even quicker than Harrison’s winning time of 01:02:77 in the 13-16 age category. Harrison sped to victory just seconds ahead of nearest challenger Jordan Muckles, from Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club.

Both boys skilfully manoeuvred around the tricky and testing course, which included a slalom run, a 360O reverse around a buoy and a stop exercise.

Charlie wins a fantastic Honwave T40 RIB with BF20 engine and Harrison wins a Ribcraft 4.8m RIB with BF60 engine, both for Parkstone Yacht Club. All the competitors picked up a certificate for taking part and the top three in each class also collected medal, a goody bag from Honda and vouchers from Ribcraft.

'I am really chuffed about the results, and I can’t believe I beat everyone, even the older age group!' said a delighted Charlie who was competing in the championship for the very first time.

'When I was out there I didn’t think I had done it. I had a bad practice session the day before but luckily today I went out there and nailed it!' he continued.

Harrison who was crowned 2011 champion returned to compete in the older age group this year said: 'It feels brilliant, I’m really really excited! I didn’t expect to win this year because I am the youngest in my age group. The prizes are unbelievable and it’s a wonderful experience. I really enjoy the speed and thrill that RIB driving gives you'

The Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which 8-16 year old RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) drivers can demonstrate their boat handling skills in a race against the clock in the hope of winning a 4.8m Ribcraft or Honwave T40 for their club.

Presenting the prizes was Olivia Dunn, Communications Manager at Honda, Charlie Chan from Ribcraft and Sarah Treseder, RYA CEO.

Olivia commented: 'I have been absolutely blown away by what we’ve seen here today and by everybody who has been so supportive. The competitors have come here today and shown good solid fun and it’s been absolutely wonderful watching them race. Honda is all about supporting development of youth, how they grow and move forward over time, so as a company we are delighted to be associated with everything that happened today'.

Andrew Norton, Honda RYA Youth RIB Event Director said: 'Once again we have seen exceptional talent out on the water. There have been seven new clubs in the final this year which is fantastic and we have seen more entries and regional heats than ever before. Along with new competitors we have seen competitors and champions from years gone by return, which has added to the excitement and competitive nature of the championship. Once again we thank Honda and Ribcraft for their support as sponsors, along with the parents, volunteers and competitors who make this competition possible'.

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Ribcraft.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and the finals scores click RYA website
PredictWind.comBarz Optics - Melanin LensesWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Book Wildwind Bank Holiday breaks early - and make wild savings!
If you are thinking of taking a holiday in Vassiliki over the May Whitsun bank holiday period then please read this. If you are thinking of taking a holiday at our Vassiliki centre over the May Whitsun bank holiday period then please read this. Every year, just a few weeks before the May Whitsun Bank holiday we receive a large number of rather last minute requests for our holidays on this particular week.
Posted today at 1:27 pm
Nic Douglass reports on day 1 of Quantum Key West Race Week
Like the trooper he is, Silas was on the dock to send his team off today for the first day of racing. If anyone is going to be living vicariously this week through everyone in Key West, it will be Silas Nolan, the mid-bowman for the RAN TP52.
Posted today at 11:21 am
Aarhus 2018 Sailing World Championships qualification system released
The Sailing World Championships are held every four years and is the largest gathering of Olympic class sailors. The Sailing World Championships are held every four years and is the largest gathering of Olympic class sailors. At the 2014 edition in Santander, Spain, more than 1,100 sailors from 82 nations attended with hundreds of thousands of spectators taking to the promenade and spectator dune.
Posted today at 11:08 am
Day 72 – Photo-finish predicted in Vendée Globe thriller
The race is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles Thomson has been playing catch-up since Le Cléac'h took the lead on December 2 but as the race enters its final few days he has transformed from the chaser into the hunter, ruthlessly stalking his French rival in the hope of being able to deliver the killer blow before the race is up.
Posted today at 10:41 am
Entries open for 2017 RYA Youth National Championships
Entries are now open for the 2017 RYA Youth National Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) from 8-14 April Entries are now open for the 2017 RYA Youth National Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) from 8-14 April.
Posted today at 5:48 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson marks time with 60hrs sailing time left in race
British solo sailor Alex Thomson has improved only 10nm in 24 hours, and remains 75nm behind the race leader With around 60hrs sailing left in the 2016/17 Vendee Globe Race, British solo sailor Alex Thomson has improved only 10nm in 24 hours, and remains 75nm behind the race leader Armel Le Cleac'h in Banque Populaire V. According to the latest positions (as of 0500FR or 0400UTC) the two competitors were almost on the latitude of the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne
Posted today at 5:10 am
Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 1 action-shots by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images Photographer Max Ranchi was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 - Race one and two action.
Posted today at 5:09 am
Quantum Key West Race Week opens with epic conditions
The comments from the first day of the 30th Quantum Key West Race Week, the City of Key West Day, were nearly unanimous The comments from the first day of the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week, the City of Key West Day, were nearly unanimous - epic sailing conditions in one of the best racing venues in the world.
Posted today at 4:35 am
Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 1 action-shots by Nico Martinez
Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images Photographer Nico Martinez was on water at 2017 Quantum Key West Race Week, 52 Super Series and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.
Posted today at 3:47 am
Double Bullets for Platoon spells a perfect start in Key West
For Harm Müller-Spreer and his international crew on Platoon, 2017 52 Super Series is off to the best possible start. For German owner-driver Harm Müller-Spreer and his international crew on Platoon, the 2017 52 Super Series is off to the best possible start. Under clear blue skies and in a meaty 15- to 20-knot breeze, the Platoon squad handily won the first two races of Quantum Key West Race Week, the first of six events in a nine-month 52 Super Series season.
Posted today at 3:23 am