On the day
there were plenty of activities for participants to try, including sailing, power
boating and stand up paddle boarding.
There were also informative workshops and
craft and shopping stalls for some shopping and the celebration finished with
cocktails and a prize giving dinner.
Ahead of the
event, RYANI brought together a group to organise the festival, which included
many former Women on Water participants.
brings together women of all abilities and encourages them to get out on the
water, at sailing clubs right across Northern Ireland. It has been running for
four years and continues to grow from strength to strength.
at Strangford was a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has taken part in the
programme to meet again but it was also a chance for those who haven’t been
involved in sailing to give it a go.
from Donaghadee Sailing Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club is on the organising
committee for the event. She commented: “We have all been through a fantastic
experience and have had a great introduction to sailing. The festival gave us
all an opportunity to meet up, get out on the water and share memories – as
well as making some new ones!”
Clubs Coordinator Lisa McCaffrey commented: “We have had hundreds of women
taking part over the years – this was a fantastic a chance for everyone to get
together and have some fun and learn some more new skills.
grateful to the event sponsors, Sport NI Lottery Fund, Carmercial Leasing and
Libra Clothing Ltd. I would also like to thank in particular Bareballs and
Copeland Gin for their contribution and RNLI for bringing over their lifeboat.
“There are lots
of opportunities for the ladies to now go back to their clubs and get involved.
We know that there are many barriers for women in getting involved in sport but
now that this group of ladies they have been out on the water, many of them are
hooked! We’re looking forward to encouraging them further and supporting them
to enjoy the sport as much as possible.”
A participant at
the festival commented: “I came home buzzing with the beautiful energy that all
the inspirational women around gave me. Thank you and all involved for your
fantastic work. It really paid off. Women on Water opened doors to this
completely new world for me. It changed my life.”
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