It was a case of deja vu at the 2009 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Final when reigning champions Aaron Lowther, 16, and Steven Curtis, 12, both blasted their way to Championship victory once again at the PSP Southampton Boat Show today (Sunday 13th September).  
Despite dealing with the difficult weather conditions of strong winds and choppy waters, it was 12 year old Hannah Stevens and 15 year old Henry Andrew who romped home to claim victory at the West Midlands regional final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, held at Blithfield Sailing Club, Abbots Bromley over the weekend (5 September.)  
If you check out our Twitter feed this weekend, we are inviting everyone to tell us in no more than 140 characters what their favourite things about Icom are.  
Guernsey powerboating aces, Stephanie Topley, 14, and Jacob Sidebottom, 10, will take on the UK’s best young RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) driving talent next weekend (Sunday 13th September) when they compete at the National Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship.  
Thirty two talented young power boaters from across the UK and Gibraltar will be hitting the water at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday the 13th of September, putting their skill, control and speed to the test in a race against the clock. They hope to clinch the prestigious title of 2009 RYA Youth RIB National Champion.  
Gibraltar’s best young RIB drivers, Jordan Warwick, 10, and Dylan Mauro, 13, will be travelling to the PSP Southampton Boat Show in two weeks time (September 13) to compete against the UK’s top RIB driving talent in the final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. The youngsters proved their skills and won their places at the national final when they claimed victory in 8-12 and 13-16 age group classes of the Gibraltar overseas final held at the Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club (RGYC) this weekend (31 August).  
Two young RIB drivers, Harry Blaser and Alex Mitchell, will be heading off to the national final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship after winning the Thames Valley Regional Final of the championship on Saturday the 22nd of August. Icom UK are providing the Championship with a prize of a IC-M505 VHF radio, for use at the winner’s chosen club.  
This years PSP Southampton Boat Show will run from the 11th until the 20th of September. Icom UK will once again be showcasing its extensive range of marine radio products on stand H018, on the southern side of Ocean Hall.  
Guernsey’s young RIB drivers were out in force this weekend (Saturday, 15 August) when they competed against each other in the Channel Island’s regional final of the RYA Youth Championship to win a place at the National Final in Southampton next month. Icom UK are providing the Championship with a prize of a VHF radio for use at the winner’s chosen club.  
Young powerboating enthusiasts collected on the banks of the Humber at Welton Sailing Club on Saturday (8th August) to take part in the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Final of the RYA Youth RIB Championship 2009. Icom UK are providing the Championship with a prize of a VHF radio, for use at the winner’s chosen club.  
Sea Scouts Billy Brooks, 14, and Jonathan Lile, 11, will be heading off to the Southampton Boat Show in September where they will compete in the National Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. They won the first ever Sea Scout championship heats held last week (Wednesday, 5 August). Icom UK are providing the Championship with a prize of a VHF radio, for use at the winner’s chosen club.  
Fox Marine Services powerboat team, Team Fox finished in an impressive 3rd place on the third weekend race of the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Race Series. Strong finishes at previous races at Pwllheli and Plymouth leave Team Fox in 8th place overall in the Championship. Icom UK have supplied the team with an IC-M421 VHF/DSC and an IC-M31 Handheld Transceiver for use throughout the series.  
Icom UK are offering clubs and associations the opportunity to promote their own website from special pages on Icom UK’s website.  
Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. Radio communication supplier, Icom UK is proud to be the official radio communication supplier to Cowes Week, continuing its long association with the event. Over a period of eight years, the company has supplied a range of VHF marine radio equipment to the organisers to help ensure that the event is one of the best-managed sailing regattas in the world.  
Last year Icom UK sponsored “Earthrace”, a 100% biofuel eco-boat which completed a round the world speed record. Almost exactly one year on from “Earthrace” crossing the finish line in Spain on 27 June 2008, her international crew of volunteers have been officially recognised as world records holders for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat. They smashed the previous record by almost 2 weeks!  
Icom are proud to be named the”Official Radio Communications Suppliers” to the Royal Temple Yacht Club (RTYC) and their annual regatta; Ramsgate Week 2009. The regatta has been a feature of the town’s calendar for over 110 years and attracts approximately 100 boats from Great Britain and the continent  
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is receiving support for the next five years from Icom, worldwide manufacturers of high quality radio communications. WPNSA will be supplied with IC-M71 VHF hand portable radios and IC-F110M base stations together with ongoing technical support and additional equipment when required for major events.  
Icom UK have some new desktop backgrounds available for download.  
Nick Power a Public Relations Officer from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute is attempting a charity fundraising trip involving fishing from 44 RNLI Lifeboat locations around the UK in 30 days, with an added challenge from the locals to complete at every stop. His ambitious aim is to raise £10,000 for the RNLI along the way. Icom UK have supported Nick with an IC-M33 VHF Marine Transceiver as a fundraising prize and challenged him to make 10 radio contacts from Icom UK’s Amateur radio shack.  
Customers can now keep up to date with the latest news from Radio Communications Specialist Icom UK Ltd on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter!  
This summer Jersey based Fox Marine Services will be competing in the largest off-shore powerboat race in the World; the Honda Formula 4-Stroke powerboat race series. Icom UK have supplied the team with an IC-M421 VHF/DSC and an IC-M31 Handheld Transceiver for use throughout the series. The team are hoping their race bid will raise the profile of powerboat racing in Jersey and hopefully will be the first step in bringing the series to the island.  
There has been a lot of interest about the recent developments by OFCOM that allow UK Boatowners to use their marine VHF radios in inland waterways throughout Europe. We have answered some of the most common questions in our Marine FAQ section of this website and on a downloadable PDF factsheet.  
The Big5 Kayak Challenge is a set of unique expeditions paddling through some of the most challenging water on the planet. The aim is to raise money and awareness for a number of chosen charities and campaigns. Icom UK have donated a number of IC-M33 Buoyant VHF Marine Transceivers to the team for use throughout the challenge.  
Are you sailing through inland waterways in Europe this year? If so, you may need an ATIS capable VHF radio with a valid ATIS code.  
Icom UK has recently redeveloped it’s website ( to provide customers with a more user-friendly browsing experience. The site has gone through a complete overhaul to improve its speed and functionality.  
Icom UK are proud to have been selected as the “Official Radio Communications Supplier” to the International Topper Class Association (GBR). Icom UK have supplied the safety fleet and on shore organisers with IC-M33 Buoyant VHF Marine Transceivers.  
Are you confused about DSC? Do you want to know more about DSC and other developments in maritime radio communication?  
Icom UK presented two IC-M505s VHF/DSC marine tranceivers to the RYA at the London Boat Show in January. The donation is part of Icom UK’s ongoing sponsorship of the RYAs many marine events.  
Icom UK will be showcasing its latest range of products at the London Boat Show 2009 (9-18 January 2009). Our stand number isN31J, which is in its new home in the North Hall at Excel.  
Since AIS (Automatic Identification System) was introduced it has been rapidly taken up as an essential safety aid. Primarily used by commercial shipping for identification and location, the AIS system exchanges information such as MMSI number, position, course, and speed. Today with the introduction of the MXA-5000 dual channel AIS receiver owners of leisure and small craft can benefit from this safety technology.