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We are trialing the Hartley 12.2 as it is very stable, sit-in, has a large cockpit and a high boom to more comfortably accommodate older youth and adult learners. Arun Youth Aqua Centre - AYAC, teaches young people from the age of 8 to 18, from the diverse community in the Littlehampton area. In recent seasons, we have had many more small, young members join, and our fleet of dinghies is more suited to older, more competent sailors, who have had several seasons of experience on the water. To be able to engage, and accommodate more of the local youngsters wanting to have the fantastic opportunity to learn to sail, we started to raise funds for new dinghies. We are seeking any support available from grants, fundraising schemes, and donations.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Sailing at AYAC is an amazing experience, and has been for 44 years. It has given youngsters from the Littlehampton, and surrounding area, new skills, friendships, communication skills, physical and mental health, and a place to challenge themselves is a safe, engaging setting. The more dinghies we have, the great number of youngsters we can give this tremendous experience to.
Steps to get it done:
AYAC is a charitable organisation, run entirely by volunteers. The membership is kept as low as possible, to make the club as accessible to as many local youngsters as possible. The club, and fleet of dinghies is maintained by the parents and volunteers, and the club is a registered RYA Training Club. This means that we teach the members the RYA sailing methods. These skills are recognised across the globe, and many of the youngsters move through the training to become Dinghy Instructors.This is a great skill that can become a route to paid work, in many countries.
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