Sailing Club riding on crest of a wave with lottery application

Alistair McDonald at Berwick Sailing Club
Alistair McDonald at Berwick Sailing Club

Berwick Sailing Club are riding the crest of a wave with a number of major developments.

The club was recently presented with a £10,000 grant which is to be used to purchase a new safety boat.

Alistair McDonald showing Jonjo Lawson and Finlay Emmins the ropes during Berwick Sailing Clubs taster sessions

Alistair McDonald showing Jonjo Lawson and Finlay Emmins the ropes during Berwick Sailing Clubs taster sessions

They are also in the process of applying for £75,000 funding through the Inspired Facility Grant process, which will help them to upgrade facilities at their Spittal clubhouse.

And they recently took delivery of another training boat, an Enterprise, to use alongside the vessels already at the club.

The boat was donated by a benefactor, and club spokesman Alistair McDonald admitted:

“Everything is looking bright for the club at the moment.

“We are very grateful for the new boat and of course the grant, which when added to other funds will give us £13,000 to purchase the new safety boat - a Ribcraft 480 with Suzuki 40 motor which will provide cover for the sailing in the bay at the same time as in the river.

“But of course the lottery application is the big one - if that goes through it will make such a difference.

“It will provide a boat house for the safety boat with a classroom above. The elevated position will give a view of the sailing areas. At the same time we can have the changing rooms and showers brought up to date from the 1960s.”

As part of their development plan, Berwick Sailing Club aim to increase their membership, and to help them attract new faces they held two open days last week.

The events, on Thursday and Sunday, attracted a few new faces to the water, and Alistair said he was pleased with the response.