Sailing Club to purchase new safety boat with grant

The begining of Berwick's Sailing Club's season.
The begining of Berwick's Sailing Club's season.

Berwick Sailing Club has been awarded a £10,000 grant which will go towards the cost of a new safety boat.

Club spokesman Alistair McDonald said that with the addition of other funds, they now have £13,800, which will purchase the new craft - 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, enabling them to put more sail boats on the water.

The Sailing Club is 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.

Alistair said: “We are advised that our application is likely to meet with success.

“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 are holding two open days this week.

They are being held on Thursday (today) and Sunday (May 18). as part of the Royal Yachting Association’s national campaign weekend, entitled ‘Push The Boat Out.’

The campaign, which runs on May 17 and 18, in conjunction with National Water Sports Week, is designed to encourage more people to take up water sports, including sailing and windsurfing. The idea is to attract new participants, or those who might be thinking about getting back on the water.”

Alistair added: “We are a club run by volunteers, if you want to race or cruise it’s best done as a group organised to provide safe and comfortable enjoyment. We need active members.”

Only last week a benefactor donated another training boat, an Enterprise, to use alongside the vessels already at the club.