2012 has been a busy year for North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club and last week the club volunteers were rewarded for their efforts when the club was presented with the RYA Humber OnBoard Club of the Year Award.  

RYA Humber OnBoard Development Officer, Liz Wrigglesworth, called in to the club to present the award.  

“This is the first year the award has been presented in the Humber area,” said Liz.

“I chose North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club to receive this award in recognition of all their great work in their first year as an OnBoard club.”  

“During 2012 the club has run over 400 first experience dinghy sailing and windsurfing sessions and recruited 17 new, regular young sailors. Their regular youth training evenings have proven to be a big hit with local youngsters, as they learn to develop their sailing skills in a boat or on a board.”  

“None of this would have been possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of the club’s fantastic team of volunteers. North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club are very worthy winners of this award and they should be proud of all they have achieved during 2012.”  

“We are absolutely thrilled with the award and never expected to receive it in our first year as an RYA OnBoard club,” said Club Vice Commodore, Angelique Lansley.

“We couldn't have done it without all the hard work from our very dedicated volunteer instructors and helpers.”  

“We ran weekly windsurfing and dinghy sailing sessions for youngsters in the North Lincs area which were well attended and our Sportivate Project encouraged even more youngsters to give sailing a try. Our sail week in the summer was a tremendous success and having good coverage of the sailing events during the Olympics definitely inspired some to have a go!”  

“There are so many volunteers who helped out this year, it is hard to mention them all,” continued Angelique.

“But I would like to thank in particular Eric Robinson and Mike Stamp, who were a tremendous help in getting the dinghy sailing off the ground.  Also Jess O'Mara, who is one of the Vago Challenge youngsters, she joined the club after a local school project a few years ago.  She is 17 now and last year qualified as a dinghy and windsurf instructor, which meant she helped out twice as much as everybody else!”    

“Next year is all about looking at what we learned this year, making some improvements, where we feel we can, and making sailing and windsurfing accessible to even more youngsters.”  

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.  

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.  

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk