High Speed YoungstersHigh speeds, impressive manoeuvres and two very happy winners are guaranteed by the 2005 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, which is being sponsored by Avon Inflatables for the fourth successive year. Each of the two categories – 8-12 year old and 13-16 year old – is competing for the prize of an Avon Adventure 4.5m RIB, complete with a 40-hp Honda 4-stroke engine. Anything to encourage skilled handling of such powerful craft by young people must be applauded.

Avon Inflatables, the UK’s largest RIB manufacturer, will be at the Southampton show with 30 boats, in a range of inflatables and RIBs, ranging from 2.40m to 6.20m, as well as liferafts and lifejackets.

Avon will also once again be running their ‘try a boat’ at the Show, which has always been popular with visitors. This year, potential customers will be able to test the Avon Adventure 620, the Bombard Explorer SB 500 and the Avon Seasport 580 De Luxe. Appointments can be booked for demonstrations at the main Avon stands in Windward Hall.