New safety boat is launched

WALDRINGFIELD Sailing Club, a Volvo RYA Champion Club, launched a new RIB (rigid inflatable boat) on Wednesday. The RIB will give coaches the opportunity to get out on the water and train the club's young sailors and will also act as a safety boat during regattas.

WALDRINGFIELD Sailing Club, a Volvo RYA Champion Club, launched a new RIB (rigid inflatable boat) on Wednesday.

The RIB will give coaches the opportunity to get out on the water and train the club's young sailors and will also act as a safety boat during regattas.

The club was able to raise the money through donations from both the “Awards for All” Scheme and Lookers Volvo in Ipswich, who have been actively involved with Waldringfield Sailing Club since 2004 when the club was awarded the esteemed Volvo RYA Champion Club status.

Waldringfield gained the award through their commitment to youth sailing and race coaching.


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Waldringfield's Commodore Mike O'Malley said: “The RIB is going to be essential for the club to help develop the sailing skills of the current youth members.

“Without the continued help and involvement of Miles Alvis at Lookers Volvo opportunities like this would just not happen.”

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Miles Alvis, Regional Sales Manager at Lookers Volvo said: “We are very pleased to be associated with the Waldringfield Sailing Club and having seen the new RIB in action it confirms our decision to contribute financially was the correct one.

“I wish the club and its members every success for the future and have no doubt that everyone from novices to seasoned pros will realise the benefits this fantastic new boat will provide.”

Nic Asher, Skandia Team GBR member and 470 World Champion, officially launched the RIB at the club's weekly race day. He thanked all the individuals who contributed to raising the funds and commended the club's positive attitude and its passion for encouraging young sailing hopefuls to compete and reach for their dreams.

He said: “I started sailing at the age of five and quickly became involved with my local yacht club's racing programme. It is essential for sailing at grass roots levels to be safe with well organised coaching. These sorts of donations are key for this practice to continue.”

Vice-Commodore Tony Carter also thanked the hard work of club worker Kevin Runnacles. “Kevin was instrumental in gaining the funding; he has again shown his hard work and commitment to the club, members like Kevin are crucial for the club to run successfully.”

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