South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club has launched an exciting new project aimed at bringing people into the sport of sailing, who cannot afford a boat of their own.
The Yacht Club with help from the Royal Yachting Association, applied for and was awarded a grant from Sport England for £10,000 to purchase two boats – Gull trainer sailing dinghies with a National Lottery grant to create a sporting habit for life.
The aim is to recruit at least 30 new members, especially those aged between 18 and 25 to join the Club when they will waive the joining fee. Older members will of course be welcome but will have to pay the joining fee. New members can then use the club sailing dinghies, and, if they cannot sail, learn to sail for free. Support from the club’s “Stepping Stones” programme will then encourage them to integrate further in the Club and the sport. All the necessary equipment and training required for the new students will be provided by the club.
The new boats are Gull Trainers supplied by Hartley Boats. These are superb, being rugged and versatile and well suited for training and coastal use. It is ideal for teaching students of all capabilities and has been described as the best in its class – for use as a general cruising boat for up to four people and also an exhilarating racing boat for the more adventurous solo sailor.
Sailing is a sport with many possibilities, so whether you are racing for Gold medals like Ben Ainslie, or enjoying the peace and beauty of the local creeks, sailing provides great opportunities for all. With the new dinghies, the Club is a wonderful place to learn a new life skill and we are delighted to introduce the sport to a new generation of young sailors” says Doug MacEwen Commodore SWFYC
Learning to sail in the Club Heron
Well done to those who passed the assessment receiving their certificates fro Deputy Mayor Sam Coley, pictured below with some of the Club instructors
And well done to those who passed in June 2014
The proof of the pudding a recent photo of some we have trained in their own new boat
The next course is underway and about half way through the 5 modules.