Sport England Grant for Ripon Sailing Club
Posted: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:18
The members of Ripon Sailing Club are justifiably celebrating this week as the Club has been awarded a Sport England grant of £7738.
This grant will allow the club, which is located near Knaresborough, to purchase training equipment including an additional safety boat, complete with high performance engine and trolley. The grant will also allow the club to train an additional six Club Racing Coaches, a vital resource for the club and the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Region.
Ripon Sailing Club has an enviable reputation throughout the UK for introducing novices to the sport of sailing and to then develop their skills, and is particularly keen to develop this reputation further. As an RYA Champion Club there is a high focus on skill development for junior and youth sailors and this has resulted in a number of its members winning regional, national and international events. The club also offers out its facilities for class coaching events run at Zone level by the RYA and this new boat will enable more people to get afloat more often.
The grant application, which was submitted by former Commodore Jennie Clark on behalf of the Committee, will enable the club to continue to develop their programme of coaching and sailing skill development. The new safety boat, a second Jeanneau Rigiflex 360 (or 'Jaffa'), will be commissioned over the winter and will enter service early in 2017. The coaching course will also take place in 2017.