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On Saturday 7 May, the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship (HYR) regional finals will begin in Northern Ireland, with 12 further finals set to be held before the winners face off at the national final at Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 18 September 2016.


Comprising of 8-12 and 13-16 age categories, the HYR is Britain’s leading programme introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers.


Now celebrating its 15th year, and having seen over 5,000 young powerboaters compete in 2015, the event, sponsored by Honda and Highfield, allows Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) drivers to demonstrate their skills with the goal of winning a Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 for their club.


In 2015, Max Mawer of Girton Sailing Club, claimed the national title in the 13-16 age group, whilst in the 8-12 category, the winner was Oliver Pirt of Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club. Max won a Highfield 460 RIB with a Honda BF50 engine for his club, whilst Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club took home a Honwave T40 RIB with a Honda BF20 outboard thanks to Oliver’s triumph.


Andrew Norton, RYA Event Director, said: “It’s fantastic to see the competition continuing to thrive, with more than 5,000 children across the UK participating in last year’s event.


“The standard continues to rise every year, and we look forward to welcoming more competitors than ever in 2016.”

Head of Power Equipment for Honda (UK), Steve Morris, said: “We are delighted to mark the 15th anniversary of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, highlighting the success of our partnership with the RYA.


“Honda and our boat partner, Highfield, look forward to paying tribute to past winners and continuing to educate and encourage young people to learn the skills required to be the next Honda RYA Youth RIB Champion.”


RIBs are light, manoeuvrable craft and the boats driven in the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship can hit speeds of up to 25mph.


Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield. For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship visit


Area Finals








Northern Ireland


Ballyholme Yacht Club


7th May

South West (1)


Mountbatten Centre



21st May




Castle Semple Centre


4th June


South (CI)


Guernsey Yacht Club


11th June


SE & London (1)


Silverwings Sailing Club


19th June




Fishers Green Sailing Club


2nd July


North East


Otley Sailing Club


9th July




Burton Sailing Club


16th July


SE & London (2)



Medway Yacht Club


23rd July


North West


Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club



26th July


South West (2)







South (2)








Swansea Watersports Centre






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