Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports gains na­tional ap­proval

Campbeltown Courier - - SPORT -

Sail­ing’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body has flagged up Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports’ in­no­va­tive ap­proach in a for­mal recog­ni­tion let­ter. The let­ter, from the Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s (RYA) chief ex­ec­u­tive, James Allen, sent to the Sea­s­ports chair­man, Camp­bell Fox, reads as fol­lows: ‘RYA Scot­land has been sup­port­ing Camp­bel­town Sail­ing Club through­out the in­cep­tion and evo­lu­tion of Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports SCIO. ‘We are very pleased to see the project move for­ward to the cur­rent po­si­tion where a broad range of part­ners and po­ten­tial fun­ders are ac­tively en­gaged in the ef­fort to bring the project to fruition. ‘While our in­ter­est is fo­cused on the sail­ing and power­boat­ing as­pects, we fully un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of work­ing with other water-based sports to cre­ate a com­mu­nity as­set, within which we cre­ate syn­er­gies, economies and share skill sets. ‘It is a model that is wor­thy of repli­cat­ing else­where and one which closely aligns with gen­eral de­vel­op­ment in com­mu­nity sport across Scot­land. ‘We firmly be­lieve the new Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports fa­cil­ity will cre­ate a hub within the com­mu­nity of Camp­bel­town where all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity can learn, prac­tice, train and en­joy an ac­tive en­gage­ment in the sea. ‘Such op­por­tu­ni­ties are known to pro­vide a tan­gi­ble con­nec­tion to im­prove­ments in health, so­cial co­he­sion through vol­un­teer­ing and in­tro­duce many, par­tic­u­larly young peo­ple, to their first struc­tured em­ploy­ment as in­struc­tors within their cho­sen water sport. ‘We are clear that de­vel­op­ing grass­roots op­por­tu­ni­ties within sail­ing and power­boat­ing as well as other sports, pro­vides young peo­ple with pos­i­tive habits and skills that last a life­time and in­vari­ably en­hance em­ploy­a­bil­ity. ‘We find the club en­vi­ron­ment is also an ex­cel­lent place for the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­per­sonal skills, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional re­la­tion­ships and to ex­pe­ri­ence pos­i­tive role mod­els from many walks of life. ‘Fam­i­lies en­joy a place which is safe for chil­dren and sup­ports the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of par­ents in sport, sus­tain­ing life­long par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­cour­ag­ing fam­ily co­he­sion through shar­ing of ac­tiv­ity. ‘The unique­ness of sail­ing is that there are no bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pa­tion. ‘Those aged from eight years old to 80, with dis­abil­ity or able bod­ied, LGBT or oth­er­wise can share the same ac­tiv­ity, learn and com­pete on an equal ba­sis with min­i­mal ad­just­ments and are bonded by their love of boat­ing.

In­clu­sion

‘There is every rea­son to ex­pect that the Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports Project will be a shin­ing ex­am­ple of in­clu­sion. ‘The full po­ten­tial of the project lies in the wider con­nec­tions across the com­mu­ni­ties of in­ter­est the fa­cil­ity will serve. ‘Camp­bel­town sits on one of the most var­ied and in­ter­est­ing stretches of water in Scot­land hav­ing ben­e­fits of both the shel­ter for Camp­bel­town Loch and im­me­di­ate ac­cess to wider open sea in the Kil­bran­nan Sound and the Ir­ish Sea. ‘In ad­di­tion to be­com­ing a hub of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity, it is en­tirely con­ceiv­able that fu­ture events in dinghy rac­ing, sea kayak­ing, coastal row­ing and yacht rac­ing will find a reg­u­lar home in Camp­bel­town, fa­cil­i­tated by the skills and re­sources of the Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports Project. ‘RYA Scot­land is ex­cited by the prospects of the Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports Project and re­mains com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing its de­vel­op­ment for the fu­ture. ‘We com­mend the ef­forts of all in reach­ing this point and look for­ward to be­ing a part of one of Scot­land’s most in­no­va­tive water sport de­vel­op­ments.’ The sea­s­ports ini­tia­tive has boosted mem­ber­ship at Camp­bel­town Sail­ing Club from 65 to more than 100. It has also led to RYA ex­perts such as In­struc­tor of the Year 2016, Alas­tair Mackay in 2017 and Calum Ni­col in 2018 lead­ing cour­ses in Camp­bel­town.

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Early sup­port­ers of the Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports Project dur­ing 2015, from left: Jamie MacLean, Dal­in­to­ber Beach Re­gen­er­a­tion Group chair­man, Iain Cameron, sail­ing in­struc­tor, Don­nie Cameron, CO of Camp­bel­town Sea Cadets, Mandy Robert­son, Kin­tyre Youth Cafe man­ager, Camp­bell Fox, Camp­bel­town Sail­ing Club com­modore and James Ar­buckle, sail­ing in­struc­tor.

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RYA in­struc­tor Calum Ni­col, in the res­cue boat dur­ing the dinghy course or­gan­ised this year by CSC mem­ber Sid Gal­lagher, ex­plains one of the finer points of sail­ing to Drew McLel­lan and Caius Walker who has his back to the cam­era.

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Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara and Coun­cil­lor John Ar­mour also threw their weight be­hind the project in July 2015. Seen here with Camp­bell Fox.

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