Young­sters feast on spare RIBS

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Power­boat­ing

YOUNG power­boaters from across Lon­don and the South East hit the wa­ter for the area fi­nal of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Cham­pi­onship at Sil­ver Wing Sail­ing Club, Staines.

The na­tional event, spon­sored by Honda and High­field, saw 8-16 year-old Rigid In­flat­able Boat (RIB) driv­ers demon­strate their skills with the goal of win­ning a High­field 460 or a Hon­wave T40 for their club.

The com­peti­tors qual­i­fied through lo­cal heats, and the win­ners in two age groups, 8-12 and 13-16, now go through to the na­tional fi­nal at the Southamp­ton Boat Show in Septem­ber.

There they will against other area from across the UK.

Jake Swain­ston, 12, of Din­ton Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre, Wok­ing­ham, took top spot on the podium in the younger be up fi­nal­ists cat­e­gory, with club-mate Joseph Tubb se­cond and Ja­mal Gould third.

In the older age group his­tory re­peated it­self and just as in 2015, Josh Lee Pater­son, 15, again from Din­ton, took vic­tory with Harry Tutt, 16 of South­wark Sea Cadets in se­cond, and Andrew East third.

Event co­or­di­na­tor Roger Ben­nett said: “The Cham­pi­onship is a great event to en­cour­age young­sters to demon­strate their power­boat­ing skills.

“It helps them de­velop to be­come ex­pert boat han­dlers and fo­cuses on safe and con­trolled boat han­dling.

“Each com­peti­tor aims to ma­noeu­vre around a pre-set course in the quick­est time.”

Now in its 15th year, 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.

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