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 Willen Lake to the OnBoard programme. Getting out on the water has a huge number of benefits, no matter what your age, background or ability. We look forward to working with Willen Lake and the local community to get as many people as possible to enjoy our great sport.”    

Robert Wood, Willen Lake General Manager says ‘Willen Lake is proud to be working with OnBoard to promote first time sailing experiences for young people. Willen Lake is an ideal location for getting your feet wet and with the enthusiasm of our watersports team, we’re looking forward to inspiring the next generation of sailing enthusiasts.”  

He adds: “Becoming an OnBoard club is an exciting development for Willen Lake.  The OnBoard programme will enable many young people to access sailing and its benefits.  Through the regular attendance of the programme, along with our holiday activity weeks and new junior sailing club, we will support and further encourage young people to develop and take part in 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 Willen Lake conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality.  

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, said: “We are delighted to welcome Willen Lake OnBoard.”  He adds “OnBoard is all about a fun, safe and structured introduction to sailing.  It is fantastic that more youngsters on the Island 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 Willen Lake or find your nearest OnBoard club