Youngsters from Bridlington club qualify for national finals

Danny Wilson (front) led the 13-to-16 age group.
Danny Wilson (front) led the 13-to-16 age group.

Youngsters from the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club swept the board in the regional finals of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship.

Danny Wilson won his category for the second succesive year at the West Riding Sailing Club on Wintersett Reservoir, south of Wakefield.

And his team-mate Harry Blythe won the younger age group and will also be heading to the national finals in Southampton later this year. RYYC members also picked up runner-up places.

The national powerboat competition allows eight-to-16-year-olds to demonstrate their boat-handling skills in a race against the clock, in the hope of winning a 4.8m Ribcraft or Honwave T40 for their club.

Some fabulous times were set, with 16-year-old Wilson from Bridlington setting the second fastest time in the UK so far. His faultless round of one minute 7.37 seconds, with no penalties, won him first place in the 13-16 age category in the Yorkshire championships.

Wilson will now carry the flag for the RYYC at the national final which is held at the Southampton Boat Show in September. He said: “This is my second year in the competition. It was close today. Harry Pickering set a good time, but I beat him by a really close margin.”

His 12-year-old team-mate Harry Blythe from York, won the 8-12 age class. This is Blythe’s first year in the championship but he has practised hard for the past three months.

“I’m really proud to have won,” said Blythe. “I didn’t expect to win and I’m really glad I didn’t slow up.”

Yorkshire Regional Final results:

8-12 class: 1 Harry Blythe, 2 Immy Hayhurst, 3 Harri Stonehouse.

13-16 class: 1 Danny Wilson, 2 Harry Pickering, 3 Thomas Hayhurst.