£3,400 grant for Sidmouth's future sailors

PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 September 2016

Alan Darrant, chairman of the SVA, presents a cheque to Sidmouth sailing club's Vice-Commodore Alastair Watson. Ref shs 35-16TI 6458. Picture: Terry Ife

Alan Darrant, chairman of the SVA, presents a cheque to Sidmouth sailing club's Vice-Commodore Alastair Watson. Ref shs 35-16TI 6458. Picture: Terry Ife

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Britain’s oldest civic society felt the regatta weekend was an apt time to award £3,400 to Sidmouth Sailing Club – funding to ‘train tomorrow’s sailors’.

Sid Vale Association chairman Alan Darrant handed over the match-funded cheque from the Keith Owen Fund (KOF) to the club’s vice-commodore, Alastair Watson.

Alan said: “The regatta provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy both sea and sailing activities.

“We backed the club in order to support its voluntary work, enabling it to buy additional sailing dinghies needed, and to underwrite the training fees for a new instructor.

“We hope people of all ages will be encouraged to take up sailing, and learn how to do it safely.”

Alastair said: “We are most grateful to receive this match-funded award. The club is celebrating its 80th year of sail training in Sidmouth.

“This is a wonderful gift to enable us to take forward our plans for more dinghies, and a wider range of Royal Yachting Association-certified training courses, especially for adults.”

The cheque was the fourth award from the KOF to the sailing club. Any other voluntary organisations looking for a boost should visit www.sidvaleassociation.org.

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