The 2017 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Area Finals have now reached the mid-way point and the action has been fast and furious.
The very best young RIB drivers have been demonstrating just how skilled they are on the throttle as they take on the testing championship course to secure their spot at the National Final at The Yachtmarket.com Southampton Boat Show in September.
In RIBs that can hit speeds of up to 35mph, each competitor has to master the slalom, stop exercise, 360O reverse around a buoy manoeuvre, followed by a sprint to the finish, in a race against the clock to secure the best time. “The speed and precision in which these youngsters get around what is pretty testing course is quite phenomenal”, commented Andrew Norton, Powerboat Projects Manager and Event Director.
With lap times of just one or two minutes and just seconds splitting many of the Area Champions it’s already shaping up to be quite a contest at the National Final.
Lap time leader board:
8-12 age group:
Name – Area – Lap Time
Aga Czartolomna – Midlands – 1:09.69
Oban Duncan – Scotland – 1:13.71
Louis Grange – South 1 – 1:20.69
Joshua Kane – Northern Ireland – 1:42.06
Cadan Pearce – Wales – 2:06.09
Jacob Lowe – South West 1 – 2:40.90
13-16 age group:
Name – Area – Lap Time
George Baxter – Midlands – 1:12.53
Jordan Colley – Scotland – 1:13.40
Joe Coutanche – South 1 – 1:21.45
Lewis James – Wales – 1:21.77
Kelly Patterson – Northern Ireland – 1:35.68
Oli Aniyi – South West 1 – 1:55.28
For all the latest results visit: www.rya.org.uk/go/hyr2017results
“It’s a fantastic opportunity at age 11 to attend the National Final and I am soooooo looking forward to it. I know it will be exciting and I will have a brilliant time wherever I finish”, commented Jacob Lowe, winner of the South West (1) Area Final in the 8-12 age group.
While Jordan Colley, Scotland’s Area Champion in the 13-16 age group added: “I am really excited for the final, I want to finish my Honda RIB experience on a high, hopefully with a Gold Medal and a new boat for my club who have gave me the skills to compete in such a race.”
There are just six more Area Finals to take place before the National Final on Sunday 17 September at the Southampton Boat Show, where the Area Champions will compete for the chance to win a Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 for their club.
29th July – North East – South Shields Sailing Club
5th August – South (2) – Oxford Sailing Club
12th August – London & South East (2) – Welsh Harp Sailing Club
19th August – South West (2) – Poole Yacht Club
Sponsored by Honda and Highfield, the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is Britain’s leading programme introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers.
Steve Morris, Head of Power Equipment for Honda (UK) comments: “We are pleased to continue our long and successful partnership with the RYA in supporting the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship in its sixteenth year.
“Honda and our boat partner Highfield are delighted to support the RYA in its endeavours to motivate and encourage young people to develop their skills and to promote safe and responsible racing through this unique and exciting championship.”
For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, from taking part as a competitor or running an event at your club visit: www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib
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