Instructors unpack new boats

Posted on April 18, 2021 4:53 pm

Instructors unpack new boats

Sailing instructors from Teesdale Sailing and Watersports Club got together on Saturday to prepare for the beginning of an exciting summer. They spent the morning working with the new boats recently purchased with a generous grant from Teesdale Area Action Partnership. Each boat needed to be unpacked and prepared ready for the junior sailing courses that the club will be running from early May.

“It is an exciting time for us at the moment” said Dinghy Instructor Richard Lundie, “We have been unable to do any sailing instruction for over a year, and now with new boats and the prospect of a full summer of sailing we are all raring to go”.

Mark Meadows, who previously ran junior sailing courses in the Midlands, moved to Barnard Castle in 2017 and is now actively involved with the junior OnBoard Club at Grassholme Reservoir. “Some of the children can be a bit nervous at first, but once they get on the water they really enjoy themselves” said Mark.

Teesdale SWC will be running courses for total beginners and improvers on Saturdays starting on May the 8th. Each course will run for six consecutive weeks. “These courses will be repeated over the summer so there are plenty of opportunities for youngsters to have a go at this exhilarating sport” explained Imogen Gibb the RYA Principal at the club, and course organiser.

The OnBoard Club courses cover the essentials of how to rig a boat, safety, weather, theory and of course, the best bit, the practise of sailing itself.

Teesdale SWC has a large team of instructors so there is always plenty of help and advice available to get the youngsters afloat and sailing. The instructors give their time free and the use of boats, wetsuits and buoyancy aids is free, so this is an excellent opportunity to get on the water and learn a new skill. There is a small charge for those who want certificates and logbooks that have to be bought in from the RYA.

Whilst the youngsters are having fun the club have not forgotten their parents and carers. They too get the opportunity to learn about sailing and go on the water as well. Sailing is a great Covid safe outdoor activity in which the whole family can participate. “We hope that at the end of the course the children and parents will have enjoyed themselves so much that they become club members and continue to sail. We are one of the cheapest sailing clubs in the country to join”, Club Commodore Anthony Tubbs commented. “With an adult membership starting at £96, and free junior membership and boat use it is amazing value for money.”

Anyone interested in the junior OnBoard Club, learning to sail or club membership should email

Photo: The instructor tem with the new boats. From left to right; Imogen Gibb, Richard Lundie, Richard Hewitt, William Hewitt, James Hewitt, Mark Meadows and Paul Davison.