Jamie powers into the UK final
powerboating for the third time.A THIRD year pupil at Forres Academy has won the Scottish Honda RYA
Having achieved the best time from 21 competitors in the 12-16 age group at Port Edgar Watersports Marina near Edinburgh, Jamie Paterson (14) from Findhorn will now represent Scotland at the UK finals in Southampton.
He said: “I’m really chuffed and proud of myself for winning.”
The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is a National Championship 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. The programme introduces young people to powerboats, training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers.
RIBs are light, manoeuvrable craft that can hit speeds of up to 25mph
The Port Edgar course tested the competitor’s driving skills in a variety of tasks against the clock. Jamie set a time of 58.12 seconds.
RYA Scotland development manager, Liza Linton, confirmed there was an increase in numbers taking part this year.
She said: “The participants had a safe, fun and enjoyable experience on the water. Good luck to Jamie in the UK final.”
Steve Morris, Head of Power Products at Honda (UK) added; “This exciting championship gives young people the opportunity to develop their skills in a safe and thrilling way. It provides a platform to showcase the power of our marine engines while encouraging young people to get out onto the water, enjoy themselves and realise their passion.”
The National Final will be held at the Southampton Boat Show on Sunday, September 16.