Young powerboaters competed for glory in the North East Area Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship at Scammonden Water Sailing Club.  

Two of them will now be heading to the Southampton Boat Show on 16 September to compete in the national final, where they could win a RIB for their club.  

Archie McNaughton from Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club took victory in the 8-12 age group with a winning time of 2 minutes 13 seconds over a course requiring slalom, stop and reverse skills. Second was Max Yeowart from Teesdale Sailing and Watersports Club, with Scammonden Water competitor Owen Holdaway in third.  

Archie, aged 11, was introduced to watersports as a Sea Scout and has been taking part in powerboat training sessions for young people at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club, where he is a member, over the six months leading up to the regional heat.  

"I was a bit surprised to come first in my category but I'm really excited about going to the national final in September!" said Archie, a pupil at Bede Academy in Blyth.

The 13-16 age group of the regional heat was led by local Huddersfield brothers Giles and George Garside. Fourteen-year-old Giles, of Huddersfield Grammar School, took victory just ahead of older brother George, aged 16, with a winning time of 1 minute 21 seconds.  

Giles has been a member of Scammonden Water Sailing Club for five years and secured an impressive victory on home waters having only just learnt how to drive a powerboat in the run up to the event.   "It looked like fun and a chance to develop new skills," said Giles. "I am very competitive with my brother and was a bit surprised to beat him and come first!"

Representing the North East in the 13-16 age group at the Southampton Boat Show will be third-placed but no less competitive Jack Wells, of Brandesburton Scout Group near Hornsea. The 13-year-old Hull Trinity House Academy pupil usually races jet skis and was chosen to take part in the event by his Scout group because of his love of watersports. When told of his place in the national final he said: "I can't wait!"   

The event at Scammonden Water Sailing Club was one of 13 regional heats around the country ahead of the grand final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, sponsored by Honda and Highfield, at the Southampton Boat Show on 16 September, where competitors in the two age groups will have a chance to win a powerboat for their club.  

The competition takes the form of time trials around a set of marks using a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) - the fastest time wins but the nine slalom buoys are set just 12.5m apart, so that skill and control are essential.   ,

Will Baldock, Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Coordinator for the North East, said: "All the participants at this year's event were entering for the first time but they all registered competitive times and showed great skill and control on the course.

"Well done to all the competitors who took part and a big thank you to all the clubs and volunteers who supported this year's Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship in the region."

Now is a good time to start planning for next year and any clubs wanting to find out more about taking part can talk to Will at 2018 North East RYA Affiliated Club Conference on Sunday 2 December at Leeds Trinity University.

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. For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib or follow on Facebook.