Jacob Lowe (11) and Oli Aniyi (14) from Saltash are celebrating victory in the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship regional final held at the Mount Batten Centre on Saturday, 27 May, and are now preparing for the national final at the Southampton Boat Show in September.

Jacob and Oli were among six boys and six girls who took on the challenging course, laid in Clovelly Bay inside the Cattewater Harbour, where they had to cope with very strong ebb tides due to the one of the biggest spring tides of the year. Demonstrating skill and safety as well as speed, they were accompanied by Richard Lerigo, senior instructor from the Mount Batten Centre, who was instructing on the event for the fifth time: “I’m passionate about introducing youngsters to safe powerboating, and this event is fantastic for promoting safety afloat and inspiring the next generation of safety boat drivers.”

Tamar River Sailing Club entered eight of the twelve competitors, and are avid supporters of the event.

Jacob, who has been sailing at Tamar River Sailing Club for over four years, won in a time of 2.40.90, beating club-mate Jake Goldsworthy into second place by 49 seconds. He said: “I’m happy, and nervous for the final!”

Oli, who has sailed at the Royal Western Yacht Club for nine years, finished in 1.55.28, less than four seconds faster than Jack Ryan from Tamar River Sailing Club. He was the last to compete, and had to contain his nerves during the long wait: “I am surprised, but over the moon, and a bit nervous of going to the final,” he said.

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.”

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.T

he 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.

RIBs are light, manoeuvrable craft and the boats driven in the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship can hit speeds of up to 25mph.

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

Photos by Paul Gibbins Photography.