Sail­ing club wins train­ing cen­tre ti­tle


Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

Bray Sail­ing Club was awarded the ti­tle of the East­ern Re­gional Train­ing Cen­tre of the Year for 2017 at the Volvo Ir­ish Sail­ing Awards cer­e­mony on Fri­day night.

Pre­sent­ing the award, Jack Roy, pres­i­dent of the Ir­ish Sail­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, said the club im­pressed the judges with ‘ their mis­sion to build a com­mu­nity of fam­ily, fun and learn­ing in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.’

In the last year, Bray Sail­ing Club fo­cused on in­creas­ing train­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion for all lev­els, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and the safety of younger sailors.

It had a record num­ber of sailors tak­ing part in all ac­tiv­i­ties, ex­panded their Pico Club for ju­nior sailors, and held two Try Sail­ing cour­ses for Lak­ers, a lo­cal sport and re­cre­ation club for chil­dren and adults with in­tel­lec­tual and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

The cour­ses meant that 14 par­tic­i­pants all sailed for the first time and each re­ceived a Taste of Sail­ing cer­tifi­cate, in­clud­ing the first ever Ir­ish Sail­ing Braille Cer­tifi­cate.

‘ The ded­i­ca­tion of the se­nior in­struc­tor and vol­un­teers has re­sulted in a strong and ac­tive ju­nior sec­tion which in turn has led to new full fam­ily mem­bers and has hugely in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in our sports in their re­gion,’ said Mr Roy.

Com­modore of Bray Sail­ing Club Declan Lavelle said that the award marks the cul­mi­na­tion of six years of hard work since the club de­cided to make sail­ing a sport for all so­cial classes, ages and abil­i­ties.

‘ Through the gen­eros­ity of our mem­bers and a range of grants, we have pur­chased boats and equip­ment so that ac­cess to sail train­ing is within the reach of ev­ery­one,’ he said.

‘We are look­ing for­ward to grow­ing our in­volve­ment in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and, in par­tic­u­lar, our work with Lak­ers.’

Declan went on to pay par­tic­u­lar trib­ute to the win­ning team of se­nior in­struc­tor Jack Han­non and his team of in­struc­tors and vol­un­teers who work so hard in of­ten dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, in­clud­ing the un­pro­tected na­ture of the har­bour, to pro­vide safe, fun filled train­ing in a very pro­fes­sional way.

Declan said that the in­struc­tors’ work has been made more dif­fi­cult over the past num­ber of years by the build-up of sand around slip­ways, etc, mak­ing ac­cess to the water more dif­fi­cult.

Bray Sail­ing Club has over 300 mem­bers rang­ing in age from eight to their late 80s.

The club of­fers train­ing cour­ses for adults and ju­niors in both cruis­ers and dinghies, as well as power­boat and VHF ra­dio tuition.

De­tails of the club’s cour­ses and events may be found at www.bray­sail­ing­

Fiona Cas­sidy Ju­nior Or­gan­iser; Flor O’Driscoll, Sea School Prin­ci­pal; Jack Han­non, Se­nior In­structo;, Philip O’Reilly, Adult Train­ing Or­gan­iser; and Mark Hen­der­son, Train­ing Cen­tre Man­ager, with Bray Sail­ing Club’s Volvo Ir­ish Sail­ing Award.

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