Wing­ing it in Wrays­bury

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Power­boat­ing

SIL­VER WING SC will play hosts as young power­boaters from across Lon­don and the south east hit the wa­ter for the re­gional fi­nal of the 15th Honda RYA Youth RIB Cham­pi­onship, on Sun­day June 19.

Fi­nal­ists from UK heats will do bat­tle at the Wrays­bury-based club, with win­ners in both the 8-12 and the 13-16 age groups go­ing on to the na­tional fi­nal at the Southamp­ton Boat Show in Septem­ber.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Roger Ben­nett said: “The cham­pi­onship is a great event to en­cour­age young­sters to demon­strate their power­boat­ing skills. It helps them de­velop into ex­pert boat han­dlers in a safe and con­trolled way.”

Each com­peti­tor aims to ma­noeu­vre around a pre-set course in the quick­est time – the boats be­ing light, ma­noeu­vrable craft, hit­ting speeds of up 25mph.

Ben­nett added: “This is the sec­ond year we have held the event at Sil­ver Wing and peo­ple from many clubs all over the south east’s RYA re­gion take part.

“In the last cou­ple of years, two lo­cal sail­ing clubs have closed, due to owner’s see­ing fish­ing as a more prof­itable busi­ness than sail­ing.

“This has left Sil­ver Wing in a unique po­si­tion as the only for­mer gravel pit north west of Staines still of­fer­ing sail­ing as a sport to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant we can of­fer an out­let for young peo­ple to learn to sail and sup­port the ac­tiv­ity of power­boat­ing. When sail­ing, safety craft or pow­ered sup­port ves­sels are of­ten on standby to help those in dif­fi­culty and to coach from and run races.

“I learned my skills on Sil­ver Wing Lake many years ago, along with most of the mem­bers, and en­joy pass­ing those skills onto oth­ers.

“Sil­ver Wing be­came an RYA train­ing cen­tre sev­eral years ago, giving us the chance to of­fer recog­nised courses for power­boat­ing.

“Many of our mem­bers are Staines and Wrays­bury res­i­dents who didn’t know we ex­isted un­til they came to open days or saw us at the Two Rivers shop­ping cen­tre in Staines.

“Stag­ing the event in­volves time­keep­ers, judges and many sup­port helpers, most of which are lo­cal mem­bers.

“It means a great deal for Sil­ver Wing to have been in­vited by the RYA to host the event again.” sail­ing and

Pic­ture: Roger Ben­nett.

Good Evans: Joel Evans, who lives in Staines, came sec­ond last year and is aim­ing for top spot this time.

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