TWO Wearside powerboaters are to compete in a national competition.
Will Colborn, 12, from Sunderland Yacht Club, and Jordan Muckles, 16, from Fulwell, will be competing in the final of the national Honda RYA Youth Rigid Inflatable Boat Championship.
They will take to the waves at PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday.
Twenty-eight regional champions from across the UK will race in two age categories, 8-12 years, and 13-16 years, putting their RIB driving skills to the test against the clock.
The course will involve tricky timed manoeuvres, including a high speed slalom, a stop exercise and a blast to the finishing line, to test every aspect of the youngsters’ powerboat driving skills.
Andrew Norton, RYA motor cruising projects manager and event director, said: “This year’s competition has seen exceptional talent take to the water and we are expecting to see some fierce competition and some very exciting races in the national final.
“The youngsters who participate are the future of sailing clubs and the Honda RYA Youth RIB championship is a fantastic way for them to gain invaluable boat handling and safety skills which are an asset to any sailing club”.
The winners will be named at a presentation on the Sea Theatre Live Stage.
For more information, visit www.rya.org.uk