On Saturday 7th June TWO Royal Forth Yacht Club girls competed in The RYA Honda Rib Challenge Scottish Finals through at Castle Semple near Paisley. (Report and photos from Ken Dougall)
Robyn Dougall (aged 16) won the Gold medal on the senior group thus retaining her Scottish Powerboat Champion title, and Kate Angier (aged 11)
won the Bronze medal whilst representing the RFYC in the junior group. Both girls were coached by The Scottish Powerboat and Yacht Academy an RYA training centre that is also owned by a club member on our very doorstep. Thanks must go to Chris Howden for lending his rib to train in and for all his help being part of the training team.
The girls fought off stiff competition from across Scotland, with competitors coming as far away as Inverness in the north and Ballachulish in the west. Each year the RYA bring 2 race tuned powerboats for the competitors to use, but this year they had changed to aluminium hulled Highfield ribs with 50 hp engines. The competition was so fierce that one competitor fell out of the rib whilst leaning out to get the “man overboard” (whilst the boat was stopped), and another ended up off the seat on the floor in a tight turn! There was a record number of entries in this year’s final which reflects the growing interest in this fast paced sport. Who knows it might make a come back to the Olympics one day as indeed originally the Olympics did feature powerboat racing in the early 1900!!
Robyn will travel to the UK final in September to race for Scotland. This will be her third time representing Scotland in the UK finals so lets hope it is third time lucky! This will be her final year competing in the event as she will be “too old” next year as the upper limit is under 17 years of age. However she will help coach Kate to maintain a RFYC presence on the podium for years to come!