Pupils swap classroom for Weymouth Bay

PUBLISHED: 08:01 08 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:15 13 June 2019

Children from Marshwood and Thorncombe schools go sailing. Picture MPA

Children from Marshwood and Thorncombe schools go sailing. Picture MPA

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Children from Marshwood and Thorncombe schools go sailing

Pupils from both Thorncombe St Mary's and Marshwood CE Primary Academy joined forces for an inspirational day of yachting at Portland's Olympic Sailing facility

The Year 6 children got to enjoy the thrill of sailing the three person RS Zests, as they tacked between a series of buoys, alongside aspiring Olympic windsurfers in perfect conditions.

A great day was had by all the children under the brilliant instruction of staff from the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre, with the visit made possible thanks to their fantastic 'Sail For a Fiver scheme'.

Before leaving the instructors shared the important RNLI water safety message of 'Be Safe Have Fun', with the children being told to always remember to stop and think, stay together, float and call for help if necessary.

The experience was funded using the schools PE Premium Grant, with the focus this year on providing children with an opportunity to experience a wider range of sports in order to promote a more healthy lifestyle. It is hoped that the day's sailing will provide Year 6 with improved water confidence, so that they benefit fully from their end of year residential. During this trip they will be visiting Cardiff International White Water Centre, where they will put their new-found skills to use.

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