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New boats for young sailors

PUBLISHED: 10:04 27 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:46 03 July 2010

Water sport: Dr John Packman, Broads Authority chief executive, watches young members of Hickling Broad Sailing Club try out the three new sailing dinghies on Hickling Broad.

Water sport: Dr John Packman, Broads Authority chief executive, watches young members of Hickling Broad Sailing Club try out the three new sailing dinghies on Hickling Broad.

THREE new racing dinghies were launched at a Norfolk sailing club this weekend through a project inspired by the 2012 London Olympics.

A grant of £9,445 from the Broads Authority's sustainable development fund has been awarded to Hickling Broad Sailing Club to help encourage young people to take up competitive dinghy sailing.

THREE new racing dinghies were launched at a Norfolk sailing club this weekend through a project inspired by the 2012 London Olympics.

A grant of £9,445 from the Broads Authority's sustainable development fund has been awarded to Hickling Broad Sailing Club to help encourage young people to take up competitive dinghy sailing.

Broads Authority chief executive, Dr John Packman, was invited to formally hand over the race specification RS Fevas and Topper dinghies to the junior members of the sailing club who then took them out on the broad on Saturday.

Sailing club commodore Tony Aldous said: “We are extremely grateful to the sustainable development fund. A lot of energy goes into organising our junior training programme and with these new dinghies we will be able to introduce more youngsters to club racing. Junior members are the lifeblood of our club and this is born out by the number of adult members that have risen through the junior ranks.”

Dr Packman said: “This project was inspired by the prospect of the 2012 Olympics and will introduce young people without their own boats to competitive racing.”

Hickling Broad Sailing Club is one of the leading sailing clubs in Norfolk, providing leisure and competitive sailing.

The club is a member of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and is affiliated to the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association.

The sustainable development fund has helped a wide range of projects become reality, from education to tourism, from renewable energy to reed cutting. It is for individuals, business or community groups from the public, private or voluntary sector with projects that lead to sustainable development and/or social inclusion and support the work of the Broads Authority.

The fund has another £180,000 to award in 2009/10 and anyone with a bright idea for a project should get in touch with John Ash who can offer help and advice in forming an application. To receive a grant in the next round the application must be made by June 12. Mr Ash can be contacted on 01508 550116 or email SDF@broads-authority.gov.uk

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