Launched in June at the Weymouth and Portland
National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) by members of the British Sailing Team, the
Roadshow will visit venues across the UK which have a special connection to our
Olympic medal contenders.
At the event you can discover what it's like to
go sailing or windsurfing with free taster sessions, watch the drama unfold in
Rio with medal races shown on big screens and cheer on your local sailing
It doesn't matter if you've never stepped in a boat or on a windsurfer
before, you and your friends and family can get afloat and sample the freedom
and exhilaration of a fantastic outdoor sport at this friendly club. The
sessions will be lead by qualified instructors supported by club members
who will be on hand to take you afloat. The club will provide all of the
equipment and information you need and give you a superb introduction to
sailing and windsurfing. Buoyancy aids will be
provided, but please bring your own soft shoes and a change of clothes.
Alongside the taster sessions, all visitors and
club members will have the opportunity to meet members of the British Sailing
Team, with inside knowledge on all the action in Rio as well as advice on how
you can get into sailing and maybe start your own Olympic journey.
Some of these team members will give a
masterclass from 12:00 to 16:00 with tips and techniques for sailing catamarans
and Finn dinghies. If you sail a cat or
a Finn, you're welcome to bring you boat along (no charge) but please let us
know in advance if you're coming along, by emailing email@example.com
Visitors can enjoy refreshments and learn more
about the sport before watching the Finn and Nacra 17 medal races on the big
screen sin the top floor of the clubhouse from 17:00.
With Ben Saxton (current club member) competing
in the Nacra 17 Class, and Giles Scott (past club member) competing in the Finn
Class there will hopefully be a chance to see the local heroes go for gold.
Both Ben and Giles spent their formative sailing
years at the club. Ben was there as recently as last month for the Anglian
Water Grafham Water 50th celebrations and stayed on to show the way around from
the front of a Flying Fifteen in the Wednesday evening racing.
"The Roadshow is a fantastic way to bring all
the excitement of the Games into our home clubs and it will mean so much when
we're out in Rio to know everyone will be at home supporting us" said Olympic Silver
Medallist Saskia Clark.
"It will also be great to see the Games inspiring
people to get on the water and have a go for themselves".
RYA Sport Development Manager Duncan Truswell
said: "We're delighted to be able to support our athletes as they go for gold
in Rio. Each of these events will be a fantastic opportunity for locals to come
down and get afloat during what will be a fantastic summer of sailing and find
out why sailing can be so much fun at all levels. We'd like to thank each of
the sailing venues that have played significant roles during the sailors'
journeys and have helped make these events possible. We hope to see everybody
turn out to cheer our sailors home."
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For more about Grafham Water Sailing Club visit the-club.html
For more about the RYA's summer of sailing and how you can get out on
the water visit trysailing