RYA Honda Youth Powerboat Challenge update : June 2018
Published 08:57 on 18 Jun 2018
Since the start of the 2018 RYA Honda Youth Powerboat season in February we have had some diverse weather. We started with bitter north easterlies, passing through torrential south westerlies and last week's final practice was no exception. We saw 27 knots with wind over tide making the last week to practice their skill really tricky for the cadets.
As is usual not everyone can make every week, and this is one of the flexible elements of this course, however last Saturday 5 hardy cadets gave it their all. Over the season we have had up to 14 cadets learning and trying out the challenging course. I would defy even the most hardened rib driver to not be slightly daunted by the course of slalom, accurate stop and careful reverse around the buoy manoeuvres.
Next Saturday is the local heat I.e the RVYC try outs. The winner in each age group (8 to 12 & 13 to 16) will go forward to the area heats in Marchwood the following week on 30th June. Here the RVYC cadets will compete against a number of clubs in the southern region. Don't forget if they win they go to the finals at the Southampton Boat Show and could win a rib and engine for the club.
This year 2 further cadets who reached 12 years old have done their PB2 and seem keen to help out with safety boat duties under the supervision of an adult of course! And the remainder are now very capable rib drivers who will hopefully be the support team for future years.
Our club only succeeds because of the help and support of the volunteers and in this case it is the extremely dedicated parents who have all taken their turns at helping the RYA Honda team each weekend. You know who you are; and thank you from the cadets and the course organisers for your support since March.
Our thanks also go to the Bosun who supports us with our course equipment, the ribs and keeps us up to date as things change.
So fingers crossed for next week for the weather. Good luck to all those competing in our heat and then to those in first place when they go forward to the Marchwood area finals.
Last updated 09:03 on 18 June 2018