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Moore and Pirt push boat out at Derwent; POWERBOATING.

THE roar of Honda engines filled the air over Derwent Reservoir when the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship arrived in the region.

Fourteen youngsters from the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club locked horns with youngsters from Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club in the North East regional final of this prestigious competition.

Derwent's James Moore claimed victory in the youth (13 to 16 years) class in 0 min 54 sec, finishng ahead of team-mates Peter Owen and Aidan Patton.

Derwent's Ollie Pirt triumphed in the junior (eight to 12 years) section in 1 min 30 sec, with club mates Thomas Nicholls and Emily Toman third.

The two winners will now join the other regional champions at the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship National Finals, which will take place at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday. Pirt, 11, said: "I am really pleased to be going to the finals.

"I have never been to Southampton and it will be fun."

Moore, 15 and from Gateshead, has been to the finals before - just missing out on winning the overall championship last year. He said: "I am looking forward to going back to Southampton.

"I just clipped one of the buoys in the final last year and picked up penalty points.

"I am determined not to make the same mistake again."

The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is Britain's leading programme introducing youngsters to the spot and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers.

Throughout the summer it has produced very close finishes at finals across the country.

Event Manager Tom Busfield said: "The wind conditions were very challenging at Derwent.

"It was great to see young people, both able-bodied and those with disabilities, integrated, having fun and competing against each other. Fantastic for the club, the region and the sport."

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Winners James Moore (right) and Ollie Pirt (centre) with Emily Toman and instructor Shaun Billany

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2014
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