OnBoard gives anyone aged 8-18 the chance to learn to sail by providing low cost opportunities for schools, youth groups and families to have fun afloat.  

Hannah Cockle, OnBoard Operations Officer, comments; “It’s great to welcome Southampton Sailing Club to the OnBoard programme. Sailing is a fantastic sport no matter what your age, background or ability. We look forward to working with the Club and the local community to get as many people as possible enjoying our great sport.”  

Martin Stainer RYA Principal, says: “I am delighted for the Club to be recognised as OnBoard which opens up more opportunities for us at grass roots level.”  

He adds: “Becoming an OnBoard club is an exciting development for Southampton Sailing Club.  The OnBoard programme will enable many young people to access sailing and its benefits.  The Club aims to use the OnBoard programme as a regular opportunity each year to support local schools and youth groups through the regular attendance of the programme we will support and further encourage a group of young people to develop and take part in sailing events and progress in other opportunities through sailing.”  

Run by sailing’s national governing body the RYA, OnBoard isn’t about producing champions, although many youngsters do go on to excel in dinghy and windsurf racing.  It is about local youngsters discovering what an exciting, challenging, sociable or simply relaxing outdoor activity sailing can be.

As a recognised RYA Training Centre Southampton Sailing Club conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality.  

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, said: “We are delighted to welcome Southampton Sailing Club OnBoard.” 

He adds “OnBoard is all about a fun, safe and structured introduction to sailing.  It is fantastic that more youngsters in the Southampton area will have the opportunity to be introduced to sailing and be nurtured to become life-long participants within the sport.  As we now know, sailing not only provide participants with a hugely rewarding life-hobby, but they can also provide participants with character attributes which are clearly evidenced to help young people to really get on in life.”  

Since 2005, OnBoard has helped over three quarters of a million young people try sailing and windsurfing and learn an activity that often stays with them for life.  

Discover how you can get OnBoard at Southampton Sailing Club or find your nearest OnBoard club at www.rya.org.uk/onboard.