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Kamilla, Aga....From all at South Staffs S.C.

We are all behind you both, knowing you will do your up most to keep the S.S.S.C. Flying high and just want you to know how proud we are of you.

Representing your club and indeed the West Midland Area is a wonderful achievement. We know that the competition is getting better and better, so gals, come on, we are all behind you, and it doesn`t matter where you finish because we know just how keen and dedicated you both are.

Aga, it`s early days, so remember to chill, keep calm and just enjoy the fun weekend - Dads Paying!

Ice Lady - Kamila. -Feel, be at one and go fly with the boat and Just Enjoy yourself !

Wishing you both, Good Fast Clean Runs and a little Magic Luck thrown in for good measure.

Finally, we would like to thank Dad, Peter, for his time and incurred expenses in taking the young ladies down to Southampton for the weekend. He must be one proud dad, I would be!

Best of Luck
Robin Harper, Steve Troke and all at South Staffs

Two Perton powerboat ace sisters will take on the UK's best young RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) driving talent when they compete at the National Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday (14 September).

South Staffordshire Sailing Club's Kamila Czartolomna, 13, and nine-year-old sister, Aga, will go head to head against the 13 other regional 13-16 years and 8-12 years age-group champions respectively at the national grand final after they clinched the West Midlands regional age-group titles in June.

This is the third successive year Kamila has qualified for the national final, but the first time in the older age-group. Last year she finished a hugely impressive second overall in the 8-12 years age-group at the nationals. This will be Aga's national final debut, however, having only taken her event bow this summer.

Since the regional finals the girls have been training hard at their Gailey-based club, setting out the course on the lake and practicing all the skills and drills they will be put through their paces on in Southampton. Now they can't wait to get down there.

Kamila said: "From the previous finals at Southampton, I've learned I've just got to go out there, give it my best and have fun. It doesn't matter if you win or not because it's already a great achievement to actually get to the national final. I enjoy the challenge of learning the new skills and that I have the opportunity to do something not many people get to try."

Aga said: "I really enjoy competing with everybody else. I was really pleased I only got five penalty points in the regional final but I've been practicing my speed, stopping and reversing skills especially hard before the nationals."

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 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 - 8-12 years and 13-16 years - crowned national champion, winning either a Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 RIB for their club.

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.

Kamila added: "I think it's important youngsters like myself and Aga get to learn how to drive a RIB well, and get a few years experience, so when we are old enough we can get our RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2 qualifications and are then able to do safety duties at our sailing club to ensure that all the people out on the lake are safe."

The newly crowned 2014 Honda RYA Youth RIB champions will also take on representatives from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Royal Motor Yacht Club in a head-to-head showdown to determine the winner of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Champion of Clubs Trophy.

Andrew Norton, RYA Powerboat Project Manager and Event Director said: "With so many talented young RIB drivers across the country the 2014 titles and the Champion of Clubs trophy could belong to anyone. Qualifying for the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship national final is a huge achievement as it not only means these youngsters can drive the RIBs at speed but they can handle them safely under pressure."

Tom Busfield, Honda RYA Youth RIB Event Manager, added: "The expert level of RIB driving we have seen across the UK means things are really hotting up for this year's final. Youngsters have been training hard in the hope that they will be crowned 2014 champions. Good luck to everyone taking part".

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield. 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 Marine
• 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


RYA Press - 11th September 2014

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