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4 Jul 2015

Happy Birthday Staunton Harold Sailing Club

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Last weekend saw Staunton Harold Sailing Club (SHSC) celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a whole host of racing and social events. Guest of honour Stuart Childerley, former Olympic Finn sailor, and SHSC honorary member, joined the celebrations and led the ground breaking ceremony for SHSC’s Sport England Inspired Facilities, funded boat house.

The 40th Anniversary celebrations included events for both adults and children on and off the water. The day included Junior Championships and fun Regatta races which were followed by a ground breaking ceremony. Stuart Childerley, led the celebrations with some sailing tips for the juniors at the start of the day and concluded after the racing by ceremonially making a start on digging the foundations for the new boat house. The boat house is being funded thanks to a Sport England, Inspired Facilities grant of £56,000, which was awarded to SHSC to expand and improve its training facilities. In addition to the boat house the project will include the refurbishment and modernisation of the existing training room and lengthening the training slipway for access to the water at low water.

Commenting on the grant and events on the day Lesley Foskett, Commodore of SHSC said “A big thank you goes to all our volunteers for putting on such a fantastic set of 40th Anniversary celebrations for all our members.

She continued: “We are delighted that Stuart Childerley could join us and inspire our juniors with his sailing tips and anecdotes. As his father was one of the founder members at SHSC, some of Stuart’s earliest sailing memories were experienced here at the club, so it is fitting that Stuart has put the first mark in the ground for our Sport England Inspired Facilities’ project. Sailing training is an integral part of the club’s activities and is essential to introducing people to the enjoyment and skills of dinghy sailing. SHSC offers courses for novices (junior and adults) to learn to sail and for more experienced club sailors there are courses to develop their sailing skills. As such this investment will help to ensure that all aspects of the club are brought up to the highest quality.”