and a challenging few months, many clubs have had increased interest and
activity from their members, as well as attracting new members.
Sailing initiative will help to support sailing and boating clubs to encourage
member activity, retain club membership, recruit volunteers, enhance the
boating experience for members and assist with workforce development.
The initiative had
been due to take place from May until September under the title of ‘Discover
Sailing’ but due to Covid-19, this unfortunately had to be cancelled.
In previous years,
the initiative has been a key contributor to increasing the awareness of
sailing and boating in Northern Ireland, offering everyone of all abilities the
opportunity to try the sport.
This time there
will be some added extras with workshops on boat maintenance and volunteer
recruitment opportunities on offer, depending on the goals of the club.
RYA Northern Ireland’s Active Clubs Co-Ordinator Lisa
McCaffrey commented: “I am excited about the Rediscover Sailing initiative.
There is still some uncertainty at the minute regarding Covid-19 but at the
moment we are planning ahead for the Rediscover Sailing Days and these will
meet all government guidelines. If things change, we will review the situation
and adhere to all guidance to ensure the safety of our clubs and their members.
“It is crucial for clubs to connect with members at this time
either to develop their sailing, whether this is through activities or
workshops. I am looking forward to communicating with clubs again on potential
participation opportunities, it is key for the future of our sport and its
If your club or centre is keen on organising a
rediscover sailing day, please complete
the online survey here.