Lyme council splashes out on a sailing dinghy

PUBLISHED: 15:01 25 July 2018

Cllr Patrick Ridley presents a cheque for £3,500 to the Lyme Regis Sea School Trust on behalf of Lyme Regis Town Council. Picture: LRTC

Cllr Patrick Ridley presents a cheque for £3,500 to the Lyme Regis Sea School Trust on behalf of Lyme Regis Town Council. Picture: LRTC

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Grant of £3,500 is awarded to the Lyme Regis Sea School

Sailors in Lyme Regis can develop their skills thanks to funding from the town council.

The authority has awarded Lyme Regis Sea School Trust £3,500 to help purchase two large sailing dinghies.

The boats, which can comfortably accommodate six children or four adults each, cost a total of £10,000.

The volunteer-run sea school teaches young and mature students to sail, with around 200 pupils a year.

Jo Law, from the school, said they were delighted to receive the money to pay for one of the two Laser Bahia dinghies which they have now acquired.

“We were looking to replace some of our larger dinghies as we had some that were over 30 years old,” she said.

“The council grant has enabled us to do just that. We have also purchased two additional Laser Picos and a Laser 2000 from other fundraising activities.

“The dinghies are also used by local junior sailors at Lyme Regis Sailing Club, for youth race training, regattas and other events, and by Woodroffe School students. We try to make sailing as accessible as possible to those who wish to learn to sail.”

Cllr Patrick Ridley, an experienced sailor, attended an evening sailing session to present the sea school with their cheque.

He said: “The staff and volunteers work really hard to give the young people who attend their courses, a really positive experience, not only for the physical enjoyment of sailing, but gaining self confidence in handling boats and being with other people.

“I know from my own experiences that it is vital for young people to mix with all generations, so much learning happens that way, for both sides.

“The council recognises the exceptional work the sea school accomplishes and we hope that this grant will enable this to continue.”

The sea school was one of the nominated charities to benefit from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which raised £4,000 to purchase new buoyancy aids for students and the second Laser Bahia.

The school is also one of the nominated charities at the Co-op store in Lyme Regis.

More details about the sea school and the courses available can be found at www.lrss.org

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