WITHAM Sailing Club has taken delivery of a new powerboat – which could open up the water to three times as many people.
The Humber Assault 5.0m – complete with a 40hp Suzuki engine and road trailer – will be predominantly used as safety boat, enabling Witham SC to provide even more learn-to-sail opportunities for Bostonians.
The new craft will also be used for powerboating training, both inland and coastal, following Witham’s ratification by the Royal Yach Association as the East Midlands’ only recognised coastal powerboating training centre this spring.
Earlier this year, the club became an RYA Training Centre for sailing and powerboating, meaning it conforms to the highest standards of instruction and safety in the world.
No fewer than 50 people have already undertaken courses at Witham SC this summer.
Paul Burton, Witham SC rear commodore and training principal, said: “This year has been a bit of a whirlwind for the club.
“Last autumn we sat down and looked really hard at how we could make sailing even more appealing and accessible for local people and put together a comprehensive development plan, which included equipment and facilities upgrades.
“This summer some 50 people have attended learn to sail courses with us and we hope the arrival of the new powerboat will enable us to now treble that number in 2012.”
Witham Sailing Club is also signed to Sail for Gold, the RYA’s UK-wide programme to bring the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as close to home as possible for everyone and celebrate the build-up to London 2012.
More than 300 sailing clubs and centres nationwide have already signed up for Sail for Gold, giving everyone the chance to genuinely feel part of something of national significance.
Britain has been the world’s most successful sailing nation for the past three Olympics.
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