Thornton Steward Sailing Club

Thornton Steward Sailing Club was awarded a £10,000 grant from our Small Grants programme in 2011

Kay Anstay is an Instructor and Vice Commodore at the sailing club.

What was your motivation for applying for funding?

We are a very small family sailing club in the Yorkshire Dales, and are also an RYA Training centre. The club owned two c.25 year old Bosun dinghies which we used to teach adults, one of which was split and leaking badly, the other, while still just about seaworthy, also in need of major repair and refurbishment. They are also very heavy boats, and the training team aren’t getting any younger!

How has the funding benefitted the club?

We were delighted when our application was successful, and the Wanderers were delivered 25 May 2011. Various events were held during spring 2011 to celebrate their arrival, including a special BBQ where members voted for their names – they were christened Rambler and Gypsy.

Since then they have been used on four “Introduction to Sailing” courses, where we aim to take novices to RYA level 1. The courses have resulted in eight new family memberships, and one single, bringing us to a total of 81. Some of our trainees did not join our club, but nevertheless enjoyed the experience and hopefully will continue to sail elsewhere. Aside from the courses, the Wanderers have been used by members to take out guests and visitors, and introduce them to our sport.

The funding process

The RYA regional development officer, Susie Blair, gave us information about the small grants available and supported our application. The application process was clear and straightforward, with help readily available via the telephone.

Advice to other clubs

Talk to your Regional Development Officer, and give it a go!

Interested?

Think your club could benefit from the Small Grants programme? Find out more.