Ten year old Lauren McGlashan only took up RIB driving earlier in the summer but she came top of her age group in the North West Regional Finals (pictured above during the event), booking her place at the prestigious final. She has been sailing for a year at Glossop where both her mum and dad enjoying windsurfing and sailing.
The other NW Regional finalist is Joshua Harbut, a 16 year old student at Glossopdale Community College. He clinched first place in the older group with a time of 59 seconds, the fastest scored this year in all regional finals.Joshua's family have a sailing background beginning with his grandfather and followed also by his father.
Since their regional wins, Joshua and Lauren have been getting extra training twice a week with Glossop Sailing Club coach Phil Hemstock. He says a lot of youngsters find steering a powerboat around a set course quite tricky as boats don’t respond as you might expect.
He says Lauren got the knack very quickly and describes Josh's skills with the RIB as 'phenomenal'.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.
Phil Hempstock says they have their sights set on at least podium places in the two age groups. “If we were to win a new boat it would be great, as our current RIB is getting quite old and we rely on it for safety cover when club members are sailing dinghies.”