They are bidding to be crowned the National Champion in this year’s Honda
RYA Youth RIB Championship.
Luke, aged 12, qualified by winning
the 8-12 age group at the event, organised by and held at the Guernsey Yacht
Club. He achieved a best time of 1
minute and 10 seconds around a course that was designed to show expertise in
speed and manoeuvring.
In the 13-16 age group, Joe
Coutanche, aged 15, gained his place at the final when he came back to
successfully defend his 2017 crown, beating his own previous win time by a huge
13 seconds to achieve 1 minute 7 seconds.
Luke and Joe both attend Elizabeth
College, and are members of Guernsey Yacht Club.
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. Luke
has taken part in the event twice before while Joe won the regional final in
2015 and 2017.
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. For more
information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib