Turl retains junior title

PUBLISHED: 17:15 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

Seven Exe Sailing Club junior members took part in the regional finals of the RYA Honda RIB challenge on Saturday, May 24th, against competitors from across the South West.

Seven Exe Sailing Club junior members took part in the regional finals of the RYA Honda RIB challenge on Saturday, May 24th, against competitors from across the South West.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosted the event with the RYA providing the Honda-engined Ribcraft boats.

Conditions were good, even if the sun was not shining, and the youngsters were not fazed by the long swell sweeping across the bay.

The course was a mix of slow speed technical challenges, high speed dashes and a man overboard exercise to test the reactions of the drivers.

The Exe Sailing Club swept the board in the 8-12 year old group with James Turl (pictured left) winning for the second year running with Jason Ianicello and William Rowsell taking second and third positions.

Chris Turl also managed a creditable finish.

James will now go through to the national finals that will be held at the Southampton Boat Show in September.

In the 12-16 year old group Jordan Trick narrowly missed taking 1st position and the club was well represented by Stephen Preston and George Shoulder, who both recorded excellent times.

The Honda Challenge is run annually by the RYA and presents the opportunity for participating clubs to win a 4.5m Ribcraft RIB, trailer and a 50hp Honda outboard.

Topsham Sailing Club took the honours in 2006 and it is now down to James Turl to rise to the occasion and win at Southampton in September.

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