Youngsters compete at Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship

Richard Carr is eager to see powerboat racing increase its appeal to youngsters and with the likes of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, feels that it’s making steps in the right direction.

Mount Batten Centre

Last weekend, young powerboat enthusiasts aged between 8 and 16 from sailing clubs in the south west took part in the regional final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship.

Whilst providing a fantastic platform for youngsters to compete and gain experience in a powerboat, the competition also provides the incentive of being able to win a brand new Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 for its club.

The event was hosted at the Mount Batten Centre and the winner, along with those from other regional finals, will compete in the grand final at the Southampton Boat Show in September.

Annual event

Mount Batten’s water sports manager Sam Waites, spoke to the RYA prior to the event: “This is an excellent annual event which we’re proud to be hosting. The youngsters will have a fantastic time racing a course on the Cattewater, and spectators will be able to enjoy all the activity from the balcony here at the centre’s Isobar, or from Queen Anne’s Battery.

The Championship, which is sponsored by Honda and Highfield, is a National event in which youngsters demonstrate their powerboating skills in Rigid Inflatable boats.

It’s the country’s leading programme for introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers.

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.

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