Earlier this week on Richard Carr Racing we previewed the South West Regional Finals of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship – and we can now confirm the winner, 16 year-old Paddy James!
Southampton Boat Show finale
James, from Torpoint, Cornwall, raced to victory in the regional heats for the second time of his career.
He is a member of the Royal Western Yacht Club and completed his RYA Level 2 Powerboat qualification through the RN Cadet Force at Plymouth College.
His first regional title came in 2013 and this year’s accolade came after completing the Cattewater course in 1.24.94; 12 seconds ahead of his second place club-mat Hamish Rose.
James told the RYA website: “I’m really looking forward to going to Southampton and very excited about having won the regional final again. I hope to do a bit better at the national final this time – I’m aiming around the one-minute mark.”
James now plans to spend the summer months training for the national final with the help of his father and uncle – that is once he has complete his GCSEs, though!
He will be joined by 11 year-old Daniel Cocks in the National Final who will be the south-west’s competitor in the 8-12 age group.
Steve Morris, Head of Power Equipment for Honda (UK) comments: “We are pleased to continue our long and successful partnership with the RYA in supporting the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship in its fourteenth year.
“Honda and our boat partner Highfield are delighted to support the RYA in its endeavours to motivate and encourage young people to develop their skills and to promote safe and responsible racing through this unique and exciting championship.”
About Richard Carr
Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.
He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.
He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.