Tuesday 5th October 2010 by C. Freeman
Camille Redman Baber has come third in a national powerboat racing competition. Camille, who has been sailing RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) for three years, qualified for the 2010 Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship when she won the eastern regional heats of the competition.
The finals were held in the Solent at Southampton where each competitor, accompanied by an instructor, had to perform a series of tasks in the quickest time, with mistakes incurring time penalties.
Camille, from Year 8, finished the course in just one minute and 22 seconds, coming third in her age group, a fantastic result. She said: 'I was pleased with how well I did. It's the best I've done so far and I'd like to enter again next year. It was hard on the sea because it's only the second time I have done that; it is a bit more choppy than racing on a lake.
'My brother, my sister and my dad, who teaches us, all do power-boating at Paxton Lakes. My sister came third in the eastern region in her age group. During the final at Southampton I had to do a slalom, a man overboard drill then reverse around a buoy. You go twice round the course, once to see what your time is, and then to gain your competitive time. As well as driving powerboats I also sail and windsurf.'
Camille received a certificate, commemorative T-shirt and medal at the Southampton finals and the overall winners in each age category of 8 to 12 and 13 to 16 age groups won boats for their respective sailing clubs. Overall 27 competitors took part in the competition.
Presenting the prizes were RYA CEO Sarah Treseder, Honda's Steve Morris and RIBcraft's Charlie Chan. Sarah commented: 'Over the last eight years of the championship some 18,000 youngsters have taken part demonstrating that it is not only developing boat handling skills but is great fun too. Our special thanks go to Honda and RIBcraft who are far more than sponsors they are partners in this project to build the standards of young RIB drivers.'
Steve from Honda added: 'We are totally delighted with our association with the competition. It's a great way to see our products used in a fun and safe way and it is evident since the start of the championship the standard has really grown and what we've seen here today has been incredible, well done everyone.'