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.
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.
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.
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
has been a member at West Kirby SC for six years. "I went to a
sailing birthday party and loved it!."
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
“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
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.
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
to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield. For more information
about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib.