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Honda RIB - Double Gold for SSSC Sisters !

Whilst most of the club headed West to New Quay, four dedicated youngsters headed to Draycote Sailing club for the West Midlands regional finals of the 2014 Honda Rib Challenge. The Challenge is a test of handling powerboat through a timed obstacle course.

The turnout was low, only 3 in the 8- 12 age group and 4 in the 13-16 age group, but this didn't prevent very close competition.

In the older age group SSSC's Oliver Goodhead went first. His first run was conservative and accurate. On his second run he proved how responsive the Highfield ribs were spinning out the back when attempting to improve this time through the slalom section, but completing the course in an improved 1 min 16 seconds.

He was followed by SSSC's Kamila Czartolomna newly into the older age group following two successful years in the younger age group representing the West Midlands Region in the National Finals at Southampton. The stop start obstacle proved a stumbling block on her first run resulting in penalties. Therefore the pressure was on for her second run, she managed to regain her composure and put in a perfectly controlled run with a time of 1 min 12 seconds, only 3 seconds slower than the fastest qualifier (so far) for the National Finals at Southampton in September.

Abi (Draycote SC) and Henry (Blithfield SC) were the final two competitors in this age group. Abi had to contend with beginner sailing pupils sailing through the slalom, and Henry suffered from the boat breaking down in the middle of his second run and having to swap into the other boat to get a complete second run. They both struggled with the stop-start and posted times of 1 min 28sec, and 1 min 50 sec respectively.
Therefore Kamila took gold and a place in the National Finals for the third time running.
First up in the younger age group was Emily Howard (SSSC), despite being a relatively inexperienced driver her second run was the fastest in this age group at 2 min 8 sec, but unfortunately picked up a 15 second penalty to leave a target time of 2 min 23 seconds for the others to beat.
Second up was Kamila's younger sister Aga, who proved that calm under pressure runs in the family and put in a time of 2 min 12 seconds without penalties on her second run which proved to be a winning time.
Last to compete in this age group was Joseph (Draycote SC), like the others he struggled with the stop-start on his first run, but completed a clean second run finishing with a time of 2 min 21 seconds.
Congratulations to Kamila and Aga, both represented South Staffs very well, to have two competitors from the same club in the National Finals is quite an achievement. Thanks must go to Steve Troke and Robin Harper for all the time they time encouraging and training these youngsters.



Two Perton sisters will fly the flag for the West Midlands at a national powerboating final after claiming respective age-group victories at the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Regional Final at Draycote Water Sailing Club on Saturday 14 June.


South Staffordshire Sailing Club’s Kamila Czartolomna, 13, and nine-year-old sister, Aga, will go head to head against the 13 other regional age-group champions at the Honda RYA Youth RIB national grand final at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 14 September following their regional success in the 13-16 and 8-12 age groups respectively. 


This is the third successive year that Kamila has qualified for the national final, but is the first time in the older age-group. Last year she finished a hugely impressive second overall in the 8-12 age-group at the Southampton showdown.


Aga, meanwhile, was making her Honda RYA Youth RIB debut this year and proved that calm under pressure runs in the family by clinching victory. Both girls first got the opportunity to powerboat because they sail at South Staffordshire Sailing Club, where they have been members for five years.  


Now in its 13th year, the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is Britain’s leading programme introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers.


RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are light, manoeuvrable craft and the boats driven in the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship can hit speeds of up to 25mph. The youngsters compete in time trials around sets of marks with the driver with the fastest time in each age-group qualifying for the national final where the overall national champion in each age-group will win a Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 RIB for their club.


The stop-start obstacle proved a stumbling block for Kamila on her first run, as she picked up 15 penalty points. But, despite the pressure being on, the Perton Middle School youngster recovered brilliantly to nail a clean second run in what proved to be a winning 1 minute 12 seconds. Sandown First School pupil Aga also learnt from her mistakes from her first run to deliver an error-free, victorious second run in two minutes 12 seconds.  


Kamila said: “I’m so happy and excited to have qualified for the national final again! I was fifth in 2012, and second in 2013, so I’ve done better and better. Now I really want to win!”


Aga added: “I feel super happy and nervous at the same time about going to the Southampton national final but I will be trying to do my best.”


Martin Warburton, South Staffs SC Commodore, said: “Congratulations to Kamila and Aga, both represented South Staffs very well. To have two competitors from the same club in the national final is quite an achievement. Thanks must go to Steve Troke and Robin Harper for all their time encouraging and training our youngsters.”


With the emphasis on swift, efficient and safe manoeuvring, the skills the youngsters develop through the Honda RYA Youth RIB programme are a great chance for them to experience the thrill of racing a small powerboat and invaluable in developing safe, proficient powerboat drivers to support sailing clubs in running the activities they want to get more people out on the water more often.


Stephen Morris, Head of Power Equipment for Honda (UK), said: “We are delighted to continue our long and successful partnership with the RYA in supporting the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, and to be bringing on-board our new boatbuilder partner, Highfield, for 2014. 


"Both Honda and Highfield are only too pleased to support the RYA in its efforts to inspire and encourage young people to develop their skills and to promote safe and responsible boating through this unique Championship.” 


For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship visit

PHOTOGRAPHS: Download high res image – strictly for editorial use only. Credit RYA

  1. South Staffs SC’s Aga Czartolomna receives her 8-12 years’ winners prize from Tom Busfield, Event Manager Honda RYA Youth RIB Championships, at Draycote Water SC -
  2. Big sister Kamila collects her third consecutive regional title, this time for the 13-16 years’ age-group -


For more information:

Karenza Morton

RYA West Midlands Regional Communicator

Tel: 07837 707630

Twitter: @RYAMidlands



Notes to Editors:


About Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship

  • Started in 2002, the Championship allows youngsters aged 8-16 to demonstrate their skills as expert boat handlers and improve their skills in a safe, controlled environment, with each competitor aiming to manoeuvre around a pre-set course in the quickest time.  To ensure safety at all times each child is accompanied in the RIB by a competent adult/instructor
  • There are fourteen regional finals across the whole of the UK and overseas.  Winners from both the 8-12 and 13-16 age groups go on to represent their region at the National Final.


About the RYA

  • The RYA is the national body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating.  It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft.
  • The RYA is recognised by all government offices as being the negotiating body for the activities it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 102,000 personal members, the majority of whom choose to go afloat for purely recreational non-competitive pleasure on coastal and inland waters. There are an estimated further 500,000 boat owners nationally who are members of RYA affiliated clubs and class associations
  • The RYA also sets and maintains a recognised standard for recreational boat training through a network of 2,340 RYA Recognised Training Centres in over 45 countries. On average 180,000 people per year complete RYA training courses.
  • Love Boating?  Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding British boating.  Join today and support the RYA in protecting your boating rights and freedoms.  Take advantage of free advice and support on all aspects of your boating, as well as enjoying a range of fantastic personal member offers.  Find out more by calling 0844 556 9556, email
  • The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone.  For more information please refer to our web site
  • RYA Sailability is the leading UK charity for disabled sailing and is the official charity of the RYA. Registered Charity Number: 1084351
  • You can find the RYA at RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4YA


About Honda Marin

  • Honda is a leading manufacturer of 4-stroke marine outboards and inflatables, with a wide range from the compact BF2.3 through to the powerful BF250 model. Honda offers a six year warranty on its entire outboard range to domestic private users, as well as a two year warranty for professional and commercial users. For more information on Honda's range of outboards and inflatables please visit


About Highfield Marine

  • Highfield builds adaptable, affordable, strong and lightweight aluminium RIBs to meet the needs and requirements of both families and clubs. The design has evolved over 20 years to offer a reliable and trustworthy product that carries a long warranty and years of Australian pedigree. Highfield supplies lightweight tender RIBs through to seven-metre offshore family RIBs with flexible layouts for most applications.
  • In 2013 Highfield entered into partnership with Honda (UK) as part of Honda’s boatbuilder alliance programme, which offers full boat packages from premium manufacturers, delivering the ‘turnkey’ solutions which many UK customers are increasingly looking for. Highfield’s range of RIBs exclusively powered by Honda outboards are available from selected Authorised Honda Marine dealers across the UK. For further information please visit: or



Steve / Amanda - 17th June 2014

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