They will be pitting their skills against other regional finalists from around the UK in a bid to be crowned the National Champion in this year’s Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. Henry, aged 11, qualified by
winning the 8-12 age group at the South Area Final, organised by and held at the
Marchwood Yacht Club. Henry achieved a best
time of 1 minute 4.75 seconds around a course that was designed to show
expertise in speed and manoeuvring.
In the 13-16 age group, Alice gained
her place at the final with a best time of 1 minute 0.2 seconds.
Alice is a member of Salterns
Sailing Club in Lymington and Henry is a member of the Royal Lymington Yacht
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 RIB for their
The pair are both hopeful of a
win in their respective divisions. Henry
started driving RIBs when he was eight while Alice has already won her regional
finals previously althought she still has all to play for at the
Nationals. “This time I’m hopeful I might
do a bit better!” she has said.
The event will be a thrilling
day of RIB competition, held in the sheltered area just off the marina at the Show. If previous years are anything to go by, an
enthusiastic audience of supporters and visitors will be cheering them on to
some nail biting close quarters finishes.
are light, manoeuvrable craft and the boats driven in the Honda RYA Youth RIB
Championship can hit speeds of up to 25mph.
competitors will have to manoeuvre skilfully around the testing course, which
includes a slalom run, a 360 degree reverse around a buoy and a stop exercise.
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 is Britain’s leading programme
introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers
and excellent boat handlers.
Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield. Visit our web page for more
information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship.