Youngsters feast on spare RIBS
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.