Young Lincoln powerboat racer receives award for most successful season to date

A Lincoln teenage powerboat racer has received a prestigious award for his achievements against his rivals from the UK and abroad in 2015.

Jonathan Brewer, 14, was selected as The Royal Yachting Association’s North West Youth Champion 2016 on Saturday, March 5 after completing his best ever season.

The Priory Academy LSST schoolboy from Sudbrooke, who races with the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club, was one of 11 regional winners at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.

As previously reported, Jonathan secured a silver medal at the UIM European Championships in Nottingham, the highest ranking British competitor of the weekend, plus two British Championship silver medals.

He said: “Last year was a fantastic season and I’m really chuffed to receive this award. I’m already looking forward to the 2016 season and hopefully I can bring more trophies back to the team.”

Jonathan comes from a powerboat racing family. His grandparents started racing in 1982 and dad, Jason, took up the sport in 1989 and is now one of the main organisers of the sport in the country.

His son joined the family tradition in 2012 and has completed three full seasons.

Jason said: “Jonathan is analytical about things and certain to be a long-term racer. He is also very academic and his school is very supportive when he races in national events across the country.”

Jonathan was nominated for the RYA Youth Champion Awards by RYA’s North West Regional Committee.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, added: “We are delighted to acknowledge the achievements of young boaters from across the UK.

“They have all excelled during 2015, and we hope to see these sailors go on to achieve great things in our sport.”