Steven Curtis powered his way to the Honda RYA Youth RIB Challenge National Championship title for the second year running.
The 12 year old from Huntingdon was the class act of the championships, held at the Southampton Boat Show, and romped home five seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Fraser McMillan from Scotland.
His victory followed a summer of intense competition in regional finals and Curtis was one of 15 youngsters in the eight to 12 year age group that qualified for the final.
Having won the title last year, Curtis was a strong favourite going into the event, but even he admitted it was tough going this time. However his talent once again shone through as he skilfully manoeuvred his boat through the tricky course that included a slalom run, 360 reverse around a buoy and a man-overboard test in a time of 1 min 07.75sec to clinch the title.
The winner was the driver who could guide their RIB around a pre-set course in the fastest time and with the best youngsters from all over the country taking part, Curtis had to beat some fast times.
Curtis' prize for winning this year included another brand new powerboat which he will take back to Paxton Lakes so more members will have a chance to take up the sport.
The RIB championship has been running for eight years and allows youngsters to demonstrate their skills as expert boat handlers.
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