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SSSC's Kamila lands National Powerboat Crown !

Perton powerboat ace Kamila Czartolomna became the first girl in more than 10 years to be crowned National Champion when she claimed Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship victory at the PSP Southampton Boat Show yesterday (Sunday 14 September).

This was the third successive year that South Staffordshire Sailing Club’s Kamila, 13, has qualified for the national grand final, going head to head against the 13 other regional champions, but the first time in the older 13-16 years age-group having previously competed at 8-12 years level. 


And she made light work of the step up, clinching the national crown - and winning a Highfield 460 RIB with a Honda BF50 engine for South Staffordshire SC - by blasting her way to championship glory in a time of 1:04:10, just 0.68 of a second faster than Mark McDonough (Ballyholme Yacht Club, N.I) in second.


The three-time regional West Midlands champion Kamila said: “The water was much calmer than it was last year and the year before. I was hoping to win because I came second last year and I’ve been down at the club practicing almost every weekend so it feels great! I love the fact that this competition gives you something that you wouldn’t normally get to do.”


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.


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 wasn’t the only member of the Czartolomna family in action in Southampton - her nine-year-old sister Aga made her national final debut, having only taken her event bow in the 8-12 age-group this summer and finishing 11th overall.


“The competition was just fantastic,” said Andrew Norton, RYA Powerboat Project Manager and Event Director. "The conditions were perfect and the standard of talent out on the water was incredible. You could tell that all the competitors, no matter what time they achieved, really enjoyed themselves.


“It’s brilliant to see more girls involved this year, giving the boys a run for their money, and of course we now have another female National Champion. We hope to see even more youngsters and new clubs getting involved and growing the competition in 2015.”


Phillip Crossman said: “Honda have been associated with this competition for 13 years and the reason we became involved is because it’s our aim to encourage young people into boating, to be competitive and also to be to very safe. The young people here have been through their club finals, regional finals and have performed in one of the biggest events in the UK, this national final. I wish them all congratulations.”


Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Highfield. For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship visit


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  1. South Staffs SC’s Kamila Czartolomna, Honda RYA Youth RIB 13-16 years champion, with the 8-12 years’ winner Jamie Paterson (Scotland) at the national grand final at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 14 September -


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

Neil Hawkins - 16th September 2014

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