Competing throughout the day in overcast weather conditions, the 29 young powerboating finalists demonstrated great skill and speed at the throttle of a pair of Ribcraft 4.8-metre RIBs around a difficult course. But in the end, for the second year running, it was a clean sweep for Parkstone Yacht Club and the Southern Region, as 12-year old Charlie Martin and 13-year old Harrison Faull blasted their way to championship glory.
In the eight to 12 age group, Charlie won by almost 17 seconds (beating even the times set by the fastest competitors in the older age group) to claim the first prize of a Honwave T40 RIB with BF20 engine. Harrison’s victory in the 12-16 competition saw him take away a Ribcraft 4.8-metre RIB with BF60 engine on behalf of Parkstone Yacht Club.
Charlie, who was competing in the championship for the first time, said: “I am really chuffed about the results, and I can’t believe I beat everyone, even the older age group! When I was out there I didn’t think I had done it. I had a bad practice session the day before but luckily today I went out there and nailed it!”
Harrison, who was crowned 2011 champion before returning to compete in the older age group this year, said: “It feels brilliant, I’m really excited! I didn’t expect to win this year because I am the youngest in my age group. The prizes are unbelievable and it’s a wonderful experience. I really enjoy the speed and thrill that RIB driving gives you”
Presenting the prizes was Olivia Dunn, Communications Manager at Honda, Charlie Chan from Ribcraft and Sarah Treseder, RYA CEO. Olivia said: “I have been absolutely blown away by what we’ve seen here today and by everybody who has been so supportive. The competitors have come here today and shown good solid fun and it’s been absolutely wonderful watching them race. Honda is all about supporting development of youth, how they grow and move forward over time, so as a company we are delighted to be associated with everything that happened today”.
For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship and details on how to get involved, visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib.