A unique presentation took place at Scotland’s Boat Show as Oban Duncan, winner of the Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, received her Honwave T40 RIB, the main prize for the 8-12 year old category.
Oban Duncan commented, “It’s taken a long time to get here but we have finally won the boat which I am really please with. It is amazing that we got a double win this year alongside Jamie and we know we put a lot of hard work practicing so we feel we deserved it.”
“I’m looking forward to continuing in the Honda RYA Youth RIB championship which has led me into so much. This year I have also been racing in the GT15 Powerboat Circuit which has also been really good fun.”
Oban started out aged 8 at Lochgoilhead as part of an RYA open day and the instructor encouraged her to get involved after an initial and she certainly did take her skills further winning the Scottish Heat but never winning the overall final in Southampton.
The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championships brings young RIB drivers to skilfully manoeuvre around a tricky and testing course which includes a slalom, stop exercise and 360 reverse around a mark, before a final blast to the finish line. After a series of qualifing events around the country the two Scots led the competition into the finals.
In the 08-12 age group it was Oban Duncan who blasted her way to the top of the leader board and winners podium in a fantastic time of 1.04.50.
Ryan Tozer of iPowerboat received the RIB alongside Oban and said. “We’re ecstatic about Oban winning. We have put a lot of effort in a lot of hard work and a lot of time, blood sweat and tears. This Honwave RIB is testament of what Oban has achieved and we will use it by training some more young power boaters coming through in Scotland and continue to support the Honda RYA Youth RIB Circuit.”
Andrew Norton, RYA Powerboat Project Manager, travelled up to Scotland’s Boat Show to present the Honwave T40 RIB prepared by Clyde Outboards.
“It just goes to show what training and practice can do as Oban’s performance proves and look at the prize she gets with a Honwave T40 and 20hp Honda Outboard on the back. We know she will continue and pass on her skills to others through iPowerboat and her continued racing. I’m also looking forward to heading up to Findhorn in November to present Jamie Paterson with his boat as the Scot’s really have put in the training this year.”
He continued “The drivers through Honda RYA Youth RIB become the safety boats, mark layers, instructors, powerboat racers, superyacht crew and lifeboat crew of the future and to start them young the clubs always have the help and the volunteers going forward.”
Find out more about the Honda Youth RIB Championships here.