Lympstone youngsters power to success at Falmouth
PUBLISHED: 10:40 24 June 2010
The impressive power boating skills of youngsters from Lympstone Sailing Club resulted in them taking four of the six prizes on offer at the South West regional heat of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club last Saturday (19 June).
The racing involved children aged 8 - 16 from clubs all over Devon and Cornwall. Each competitor had two runs of the course in the inner harbour at Falmouth, which included a simulated man-overboard exercise and a reversing exercise, driving a Rigid Inflatable Boat.
In the 8-12 age group, Harrison Wright (11) won in 1:30:35, and team-mate George Turgoose (11) took third place in 2:09:97. Second was Ted Hatcher (11) from the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.
Harrison has been driving powerboats at the sailing club for two years, but has never competed in the event before. He was “over the moon” at his win.
In the 13-16 group, Tom Payor (13) took second place just 36/100ths of a second behind the winner, Jordan Hanley (13) from Tamar River Sailing Club, in a time of 1:28:68. Jamie Dawson (13) came third in 1:37:60.
Harrison, along with Jordan, will now represent the South West in the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship national final, to be held at the Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 12 September.
The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which 8-16 year olds RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) drivers can demonstrate their boat handling skills in a race around the clock with the goal of winning a 5m Ribcraft or a Honwave T40 for their club.
David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager for event sponsor Honda said:
“Our continued association with the RYA Youth RIB Championship allows us to inspire and encourage young people to pursue their passion for boating and engage in worthwhile team-based social activities.
Furthermore it allows us to underline our commitment to safety and best practice - something which we take extremely seriously as a major manufacturer of engines and inflatables.” For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit www.rya.org.uk