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
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.”
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.