Now in its sixteenth year, the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is a national programme introducing kids aged from 8-16 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.

  Using skills including slalom, stop and reverse, the competitors from Ballyholme Yacht Club, Carrickfergus Sailing Club, County Antrim Boat Club and East Antrim Boat Club battled through difficult and windy conditions.  

The winners will face off with other Area Champions at the national final held at the Southampton Boat Show in Southampton in September.  

In the 8-12 age group, Joshua Kane (11) from East Antrim Boat Club took top spot for the third year running with a time of 1.42.06. He took 6th place at the national final in 2016.  

Sailing for the last four years, the Linn Primary School student said: “I’m really excited to have won for the third time and I am really looking forward to the national final, even though I’m a bit nervous.”

Kelly Patterson (14), from East Antrim Boat Club clinched double success for the club, as she took first place in the 13-16 category with a time of 1.35.68. Inspired by her mother and father, who are both sailors, Kelly said she is “excited to be taking part in the national final”.  

Following the successful event, RYANI’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard Honeyford, commented: “Despite some very challenging weather conditions, this was a great event, hosted by East Antrim Boat Club, as our powerboaters battled it out in the Honda Youth Rib Championships. We have witnessed some top class talent this weekend and I am delighted to congratulate everyone that took part. I looking forward to supporting our winners as they go on to compete and do us proud at the national finals in September.  

“I would like to thank our host club East Antrim Boat Club for organising and delivering this very successful event and to the many dedicated volunteers who worked hard behind the scenes to ensure everything ran seamlessly, despite the difficult conditions.”  

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield. For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship visit    

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Full results  

  • 8-12 category 1st place – Joshua Kane – East Antrim Boat Club
  • 2nd place – Zoe Whitford – East Antrim Boat Club
  • 3rd place – Erin McClernon – Carrickfergus Sailing Club  

13-16 category

  • 1st place – Kelly Patterson – East Antrim Boat Club
  • 2nd place – Andrew Byres – Carrickfergus Sailing Club
  • 3rd place – Nicholas Guy – East Antrim Boat Club