Describe your project
Our Toppers Junior Sailing Club provides sailing lessons for the children of Tarbert and surrounding North Kintyre area. The club is run by volunteers and provides a fun and safe environment in which participating children are given the opportunity to learn to sail without the usual prohibitive financial outlay as all necessary equipment used in their training is provided through the club. Weekly subs are also kept to a nominal amount, currently £2 per session, to ensure cost is not a barrier to participation and provide access to all. In order to maintain this low participant cost and to allow us to develop the club we are actively involved in a wide range of fundraising activities and are currently working to fund the purchase of two SailQube dinghies so we may to increase both the quantity and quality of our junior sailing activities.
How will your project benefit your local community?
The small communities of North Kintyre are great places to grow up however their rural isolation does come at a cost and many of the leisure and recreational opportunities often found in larger settlements are simply not available to the children living here. What we do have in abundance is many miles of beautiful coastline however few are in the fortunate position to either have their own boat, or even access to one, to make full use of it. Our Toppers Junior Sailing Club was initially set up to help address these issues for the social and physical benefit of the local community. We believe participating in Toppers not only provides a safe social activity which develops new skills and increases physical activity but also that it encourages wider personal development often resulting in improved confidence, self-image, self-reliance and a greater awareness of personal responsibility.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Our club is run by a wide range volunteers drawn from the local community who generously give of their time, expertise and equipment to support the club during our training sessions and in our fundraising activities.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Our club is welcoming and open to all in the local community and even beyond. Our current roster of regular junior sailors is growing and is now in excess of 20 however as many as 50 children from the area may participate during a single sailing season. We are also joined by a number of holiday visitors to the area too. The robust design and construction of the SailQube dinghies results in an excellent life expectancy meaning that they should benefit not only our current roster of young sailors but many more for years to come.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
With the help of the Calor Rural Community Fund we wish to purchase a SailQube dinghy for the use of our junior sailing club. The basic cost, before delivery, is £1195. The simple design and size of the SailQube makes it an ideal first boat for our novices to gain confidence on the water, to safely master the first steps of sailing and potentially advance all the way through to international racing level. Further details here : http://sailqube.com
When and why was your project founded?
Our Club was established in the late 1970s by members of the Tarbert Loch Fyne Yacht Club and the wider local community and has been ongoing for almost 40 years, in fact many of the children of the first years children are now participating.