Two youngsters from West Kirby SC have won the 8-12 and 13-16 age groups in the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship North West Area Final.

George Colquitt (11) from Heswall won the 8-12 age group will go on to face the other area age-group champions at the Honda RYA Youth RIB grand final at the Southampton Boat Show in September. 

He is a member of West Kirby SC  and his brother James competed in the 13-16 age group, coming second after incurring time penalties. If he wins the national final, his club will receive a Honwave T40 RIB with a Honda BF20 engine. 

"I was excited but a bit nervous - I just want to win," George said. He is also a dinghy sailor, being in the International Cadet Squad and has sailed in GBR and Dutch class at the Cadet Worlds. 

 The 13-16 age group was won by Simon Hall from Greasby, also a member at West Kirby SC. His time of 1 min 08 seconds is currently the fastest in any of the regional heats and if he were to win in Southampton, he would win a Highfield 460 RIB with a Honda BF50 engine for the club. Of the regional heat he said: "It was a  really well-run event, great fun, I'm looking forward to September!".  

He has been a member at West Kirby SC for six years. "I  went to a sailing birthday party and loved it!." 

Steve Morris, Head of Power Products at Honda (UK) added; “It has been sixteen years and we are still incredibly proud to be associated with the RYA and this exciting championship as it gives young people the opportunity to develop their skills in a safe and thrilling way. 

 “The Honda RYA Youth RIB Challenge also perfectly encapsulates our Engineering for Life philosophy, it provides a platform to showcase the reliability and power of our marine engines, whilst encouraging young people to get out onto the water, enjoy themselves and realise their passion.” 

 The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, sponsored by Honda and Highfield, is a National Championship in which 8 - 16 year old Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) drivers can demonstrate their skills with the goal of winning a Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 for their club. 

 The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is Britain’s leading programme introducing youngsters to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers. RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are light, manoeuvrable craft and the boats driven in the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship can hit speeds of up to 25mph. 

 With the emphasis on swift, efficient and safe manoeuvring, the skills the youngsters develop through the Honda RYA Youth RIB programme are a great chance for them to experience the thrill of racing a small powerboat and invaluable in developing safe, proficient powerboat drivers to support sailing clubs in running the activities they want to get more people out on the water more often.      

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield. For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib.