Cadet Robyn Dougall (15 years) wins gold at the Scottish Regional heat of the Royal Yachting Association Honda Rib Challenge 2013.
Robyn is the RYA Honda Scottish Rib Champion 2013. She competed at a specially laid course at Strathclyde Park on Sunday 9th June against kids from across Scotland i.e. Findhorn, St Andrews, and Strathclyde, to mention a few.
Robyn will now go to the British finals in Southampton on 15th September (at the Southampton Boat Show) to represent the Royal Forth Yacht Club and the Scottish region. She will face tough competition from 9 English regions and youths from Ireland, Guernsey and Wales. The winner of the challenge in the British final gets a 4.8 metre Ribcraft with a Honda 60 hp engine for the club she is representing.
The RYA Honda Rib Challenge is now in its 11th year and is designed to get youngsters onto the water and encourages safe and controlled handling of the powerboat. The challenge is a timed event that gets the competitors slaloming between buoys, 180 degree speed turns, emergency stops to lift a lifebelt off a pole, 360 degree reversing around a buoy and a sprint to the finish.
Robyn blasted home a full 20 seconds faster than her nearest rival with a time of 1 min 23 seconds. This time included a 5 second penalty for shipping water over the back of the boat in her fast reverse. The senior group in which Robyn competed were all aged between 13 and 16 years and the junior group were 8-12 years. Second place went to 16 year old Kirsty Whyte making the top two places going to girls this year.
Robyn is no stranger to this event having won the Scottish Regional heat in 2010 becoming the Scottish Junior Rib Champion aged just 12. She went on to the British final where she came 7th out of 14 due to the kill cord coming out in the middle of the race stopping the boat for a few second. She is looking forward to heading south again to meet the challenge once more with her eyes set firmly on going for gold.