Powerboat ace aims to speed to glory

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(Ruth Edmundson)

A SUNDERLAND teenager is hoping to power his way to the top in a boating championships.

Jordan Muckles is hoping for a home water advantage at this years Honda RYA Youth Rigid Inflatable Boat (Rib) Championships.

The sixteen year-old, of Fulwell, is gearing up for the North West Regional Final that takes place at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens tomorrow.

Jordan, who was Honda RIB National Champion in 2007, now races in the GT30 class for the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club and is the reigning LPRC club Champion in the Rib.

He will be competing against the best today, including RYA affiliated clubs and sea cadets from across the North West region.

He said: “Over the past five years I have not had many opportunities to practice in the RIB type boat but I have been building on my foundation boat handling skills and learning new racing skills in my GT30 powerboat.

“I plan to use all my previous knowledge of boat handling to put up a good challenge for the 2012 title. I am confident in my ability and I hungry for another win.

“I am really looking forward to getting back in a RIB and I am proud to be representing Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club.”

He took to the sport straight away when he was first introduced to it and has since impressed officials, fellow competitors and spectators alike with his precision driving and boat handling skills.

These skills are essential in the Rib sport where 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.

Currently, as well as the championships, Jordan is in third place in the National GP Championships after four rounds and is hoping to build on this and challenge for the title in the last two rounds being held over the coming months.

Jordan’s dad Neil Muckles said: “Both my wife Ada and I are really proud of Jordan. The first time he stepped into a boat he surprised everyone and picked it up so fast.

“With just a few hours training he did an excellent job, outclassed the competition and won the title in 2007. It was an amazing achievement for him.

“After this we had to do something about get more involved in powerboat racing, so now he takes part in the RYA National Powerboat GP Championship.”

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship and details of how to get involved, plus a list of regional finals scores, you can visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib