The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft is designed to introduce eight to 16-year olds to powerboating, making them safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers. Competing in two age groups (eight to 12 and 13-16) youngsters have to manoeuvre the RIBs around a set course in the fastest time against the clock. The course includes a slalom, a stop exercise and a reverse section before a quick blast to the finish line.

Honda RYA RIBCompetition has been fierce in previous seasons, with only seconds separating the competitors as they head to the national final, which this year will be held on 16 September at the Southampton Boat Show - and Andrew Norton, Director of the event, is keen to get going once again: “We are very excited about the 2012 Championship and are expecting the standard of competition to be extremely high. The Championship brings huge value in terms of introducing kids to powerboats, training them to be safe, as well as providing clubs with a stream of highly-skilled safety boat drivers and support crews.”

Now in its 11th year, the finalists will be battling it out in the hope of taking home a fantastic prize for their clubs. In the lower age group, the winner will receive a Honwave T40 RIB with a Honda BF20 engine, while in the senior section, the winner will claim a 4.8-metre Ribcraft RIB with a Honda BF60 engine.

David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager for Honda, said: “As a major manufacturer of engines and inflatables we are delighted to be sponsoring the 11th year of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. Inspiring and encouraging young people to discover and pursue a passion for boating, is as important as giving them the skills to do so in a safe and responsible way. We are proud together with the RYA to be doing both through this unique competition”.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of events, visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.
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