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Sail For Gold Report - 2012

posted 16 Jun 2012, 10:55 by Domain Admin   [ updated 16 Jun 2012, 10:55 by Graham Morley ]
Minima Yacht Club Club in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, encouraged even more people to get out on the water this summer by holding a Sail for Gold ‘Have a Go’ day on 9 June 2012, to coincide with the medal race day at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at the Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth and Portland.

There were a host of activities on offer, including taster sailing sessions with experienced helms, tours of the facilities, and the chance to relax on the club balcony overlooking the Thames. 

Minima’s ‘Have a Go’ day was part of a nationwide initiative from sailing’s governing body, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), to bring the excitement of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as close to home as possible for everyone, regardless of where people live.

Event coordinator Steve Collins said: “The feedback from visitors including a number of young families was excellent. The majority were local residents and for many it was the first time they had been on the water on the Thames”.

“Minima Yacht Club is delighted with the generous support it has received from Sport England to upgrade its facilities and contribute to the Olympic legacy by encouraging more people to take up sailing. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our own ‘Salute to the Olympic Torch’ on 27 July when the Torch passes the club by river on its journey to the Opening Ceremony (advance booking necessary) and our ‘Sail for Gold’ Regatta on 1 and 2 September.”

To find out more about Sail for Gold programme visit www.rya.org.uk/sailforgold

By Steve Collins.