Young powerboaters set to make a splash in Docklands

PUBLISHED: 11:14 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:14 16 May 2013

Powerboat action comes to Docklands

Powerboat action comes to Docklands


Powerboaters hit the water on Sunday

Young powerboaters from across the Thames Valley and London will hit the water for the regional finals of the Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre (DSWC) on Sunday.

The Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which eight to 16-year-old RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) drivers can 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.

Matthew Rickard, Head of Sailing at DSWC says: “DSWC is delighted to be hosting the regional finals, the first time it has been held at an inner London centre. Powerboat training for under-16s is a new style of activity for us and is definitely generating a lot of new interest.

“A recent grant from a private trust has enabled the centre to buy a RIB, which our youngsters have used for coaching, and Sunday’s event will be on a not-for-profit basis to support youth activity in the area.

“Entries for the Thames event have been coming in for the past few weeks following the completion of club heats, and we look forward to welcoming visiting competitors on the day.”

David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager for event sponsor Honda added: “Honda strives to be ‘a company that society wants to exist’ and so as a major manufacturer of outboard engines, we are delighted to be sponsoring the 12th year of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. Inspiring and encouraging young people to discover and pursue a passion for boating, is as important as giving them the skills to do so in a safe and responsible way. We are proud together with the RYA, to be doing both through this unique competition”.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit or for more information about DSWC visit

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