Southern clubs get the Feva

RYA to provide new boats for schools and colleges

Wednesday February 16th 2005, Author: Flavia Bateson, Location: United Kingdom
Newcomers to sailing will benefit from the recent decision of the Royal Yachting Association's Southern Region Committee to assist clubs with the purchase of new dinghies, which will be made available to local schools and colleges as well as other RYA clubs.

The RYA Southern Region covers the area from Poole to Chichester, including the Isle of Wight. Over 150 clubs were invited to record their interest and put forward a proposal. It has now been agreed that seven clubs can benefit from the provision of brand new RS Feva dinghies. The clubs are Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club, Hayling Island Sailing Club and Dell Quay Yacht Club, all of whom use Chichester Harbour as their main sailing area. They are joined by Hill Head Sailing Club on the Solent, Hythe Sailing Club by Southampton Water, Highcliffe Sailing Club and Spinnaker Club, near Ringwood, which is the only club in the region to use an inland sailing area.

The RS Feva is a multi-role training boat, designed in 2002. Over 410 were bought in 2004 in the UK making it a very popular choice for newcomers. Paul King, Chairman of the RYA Southern Region commented: "We are pleased to support the RYA's national 'On Board' programme which aims at promoting the sport of sailing to young people. The new RS Fevas will be maintained and stored at clubs across the Southern Region and each club has put forward a considered proposition as to how the boats will be used to encourage local children and young people to get out on the water."

Great Britain has an enviable record in performance sailing and at the 2004 Olympic Games came out, once again, as top sailing nation, with the largest medal haul.

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