For over 25 years now, Royal Lymington Yacht Club's Wednesday Junior Sailing (WJS) programme has been teaching children the basics of sailing. WJS has helped thousands of youngsters learn to sail - and has even given rise to Olympic stars.
For just £1 a week, youngsters not only get two hours of dedicated tuition from the club's experienced instructors, but they also get a cup of tea and a doughnut thrown in too.
Every Wednesday afternoon from the middle of April until the end of September, any child between the ages of 8 and 18 can learn to sail or row a dinghy and enjoy the fun and thrills of being on the water and learn to handle a boat safely.
Lymington Yacht Haven is proud to continue their on-going support of WJS and is delighted with the record levels of participation in recent years. Edward Harrison, Head of Wednesday Junior Sailing, told us "We have welcomed over 200 juniors onto the water in an afternoon some weeks this season".
Over the years, thousands have passed through the scheme, including gold medal-winning Olympic sailor Pippa Wilson and 470 silver medallist Nick Rogers. And although Ben Ainslie, the country's greatest ever Olympic sailor, was too old to take part in the programme when he joined the club in his twenties, he used to help out with coaching whenever he could.
In addition to the regular Wednesday Junior Sailing programme, the club organises a Youth and Family Week each year. For 2011, the Royal Lymington Youth Regatta will take place from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August, for young sailors aged between 8 - 18 years old.
There will be a series of races over four days competing for Class Prizes and trophies, including the Optimist sailors, the River Fleet in Scows, and the Tera Fleet in RS Teras and Laser 4.7s. On the final day there will be themed 'fun' racing for all the fleets. And alongside the racing, a programme of family social activities will run in the evenings for the children and their parents to join in the fun.
For more information or to register your interest visit www.rlymyc.org.uk/junior/WJS