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Kielder Water Sailing Club achieved RYA (Royal Yachting Association) OnBoard status last month and the club was presented with the OnBoard award plaque during the club’s annual Junior Camp last week.
Thirty young sailors gathered on the shores of Kielder Water to celebrate the club’s achievement and watch James Wheeldon, RYA North East Sailing Development Officer, present the OnBoard plaque. Receiving the plaque, on behalf of the club, was 8 year old Zachary Pearson, the youngest sailor at this year’s camp.
“We are really delighted to have our work with youngsters recognised by the RYA,” said Julie Gibbon, Kielder’s Chief Instructor. “We bring lots of young people into the sport, both sailors and windsurfers, and take them through to higher levels.”
“RYA OnBoard status is a measure of excellence for the club but we don’t just cater for young sailors, adults are welcome too. We can arrange free taster sessions for anyone interested with regular training in dinghies and windsurfers for those who want to master the basics.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Kielder into the RYA OnBoard programme,” said James Wheeldon, RYA NE Sailing Development Officer. “OnBoard is a fabulous way to introduce youngsters into the sport and some of our earliest recruits are now sailing in junior and adult squads, competing on a national and international level.”
“We are holding an OnBoard Regatta at Kielder on 5 September,” continued James. “Youngsters from around the region will come to Kielder for fun and racing. Anyone can come and watch and maybe sign on for Kielder’s OnBoard sessions this autumn.”
Kielder Water Sailing Club joins 22 other clubs in the Northern region who are current members of the RYA OnBoard programme. Anyone interested (adults or juniors) should get in touch with Julie Gibbon (Kielder Chief Instructor) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org