The Club used the grant to go towards their SB20 Keelboat Project, which aims to secure the long term future of keelboat sailing at the Club by developing a fleet of boats for members to sail and race. After one boat was trialled by the Club in 2018, the grant enabled the purchase of three more, making a total fleet of four. Identified as a missing area of activity within the club, keelboat sailing has proved very popular. The boats were put into use towards the end of Cadet Week July/early August 2019 and immediately proved a hit with sailors. Over an eight day period, the boats were sailed by 70 members for many different purposes and, during their first four days afloat, 32 sailors sailed the boats, experiencing start line drills to boat familiarisation training, along with some high speed kite planing for the more experienced. They were also used for leisure sailing and were greatly enjoyed by all those who took part.

Looking ahead, the Club plans to use the boats at future events, and to provide as many opportunities as possible for members to get afloat on them. The boats will also help teams to prepare for participation in the British Keelboat League, a National competition run by the RYA.

For more information about Marconi Sailing Club visit here http://www.marconi-sc.org.uk/ and for more information about how to get out on the water in the East Region visit www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating