Youngsters hoping for national titles

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TWO young powerboating aces from Bridlington will take on the UK’s best RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) driving talent when they compete at the Southampton Boat Show on Sunday

Regional champions Danny Wilson, 15, and Imogen Hayhurst, 10, will both represent the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club in the National Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship.

Immy said: “I am looking forward to the Championships and a little bit nervous too as it is my first time.

“I am working hard to get my time down as I think there will be some really fast times.

In the final, 28 regional champions from across the UK will race in two age categories.

The course will involve tricky timed manoeuvres, including a high speed slalom, a stop exercise and a blast to the finishing line, to test every aspect of the youngsters’ powerboat driving skills. 

In the 8-12 age group the winner will receive a Honwave T40 RIB with a Honda BF20 engine for their club, while in the 13-16 age group the winner’s club will receive a 4.8m Ribcraft RIB with a Honda BF60 engine.

Eveent director Andrew Norton said: “This year’s competition has seen exceptional talent take to the water and we are expecting to see some fierce competition and some very exciting races in the national final”