British youngster wins RYA regional award

Having started in the sport at a young age, Richard Carr is always looking out for the next talent to hit the scene and believes he may have found one in Lincoln teenager Jonathan Brewer (pictured above right).

European recognition

14 year-old Brewer enjoyed his most successful season to date last year recording a number of impressive victories in both the UK and abroad.

His efforts last year were capped earlier this month when he was selected as The Royal Yachting Association’s North West Youth Champion 2016.

Brewer races with the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club and was one of 11 regional winners at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.

The schoolboy from Sudbrooke achieved a silver medal at the UIM European Championships in Nottingham last year; he was the highest ranking British competitor at the event. He added to his medal collection by picking up two silver medals at the British Championship.

“Last year was a fantastic season and I’m really chuffed to receive this award. I’m already looking forward to the 2016 season and hopefully I can bring more trophies back to the team,” said Jonathan.

Racing heritage

Like a lot of youngsters in the sport, Jonathan comes from a racing background. His grandparents started racing in the early 1980s whilst his dad took up the sport in 1989 and is now one of the main organisers of powerboat racing in the country.

Jonathan’s father Jason told thelincolnite.co.uk: “Jonathan is analytical about things and certain to be a long-term racer. He is also very academic and his school is very supportive when he races in national events across the country.”

Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, added: “We are delighted to acknowledge the achievements of young boaters from across the UK.

“They have all excelled during 2015, and we hope to see these sailors go on to achieve great things in our sport.”