The Scottish qualifier for the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship took place at Port Edgar Watersports at Port Edgar Marina near Edinburgh on Saturday the 2nd of June. 21 competitors across two age ranges set out around a course which tested the competitors driving skills in a variety of tasks against the clock, with Scotland setting the bar high with some amazing times for the course.
The winner of the 8-12 year old age group was Oban Duncan (12), from Balloch who set the fastest time across the competitors overall at 57.82 seconds.
Oban has been closely involved in Powerboating and powerboat racing for the last 4 years, winning the Scottish Qualifier previously and becoming more involved in different classes of racing since attending her first a training session organised by RYA Scotland.
Oban said. “That was great I managed to set a time which actually beat the older age group, which I really like. I was nervous when I first went out but after the first lap it’s got easier. I am really looking forward to heading to Southampton this year after setting this time. I have also managed to race in the GT15 circuit this year, which races at different venues around the UK and in my first race I finished 3rd overall in the 9-16 year old category.”
Former UK Honda RYA Youth Champion, Jamie Paterson (14) from Findhorn, returned to win the 13-16 year old category with a time of 58.12 seconds.
Jamie had thought that Port Edgar was an unlucky place for him as he felt he struggled here last year, but was “surprised and overwhelmed” to find out he had won his group.
Liza Linton, RYA Scotland Development Manager said. “The event at Port Edgar was super with increased in numbers taking part this year. We received some great support from volunteers with a special mention to Jane Campbell Morrison, Longcraig Scouts Centre & Dalgety Bay SC and to Simon Paterson – as well as lots of others that ensured the participants had a safe, fun and enjoyable experience on the water. Good luck to Oban & Jamie in the final at Southampton Boat Show”.
Steve Morris, Head of Power Products at Honda (UK) added; “It has been sixteen years and we are still incredibly proud to be associated with the RYA and this exciting championship as it gives young people the opportunity to develop their skills in a safe and thrilling way.
“The Honda RYA Youth RIB Challenge also perfectly encapsulates our Engineering for Life philosophy, it provides a platform to showcase the reliability and power of our marine engines, whilst encouraging young people to get out onto the water, enjoy themselves and realise their passion.”
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.
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.
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
Results 8-12 age group:
1st Oban Duncan
2nd Murdo Craig
3rd Daniel Smith
Results 13-16 age group
1st Jamie Paterson
2nd Andrew Finn
3rd Euan Rogers