OnBoard, the national grassroots scheme which makes it easier and cheaper to get more young people on the water, 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 Emberton Park 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.”  

"Rob Bell, Commodore, at Emberton Park Sailing Club 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 Emberton Park Sailing Club and builds on the achievements of the club in our first season as an RYA Recognised Training Centre. The club is already working with local youth groups including Scouts, Sea Scouts and the Sea Cadets and we plan to extend this to include schools and local youth groups. Initially sessions will run twice monthly on Wednesday afternoons, these sessions will be led by our team of instructors, using our club fleet including Toppers and Lasers for single handed sessions or RS Visions for a fully guided experience."   

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 recognized RYA Training Centre Emberton Park Sailing Club conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality.   Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, said: “We are delighted to welcome Emberton Park 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 Milton Keynes 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 Emberton Park Sailing Club or find your nearest OnBoard club.