Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club is on the crest of a wave after benefiting from the Olympic Legacy.
After the sailing event held at Weymouth, the equipment used for the Olympic regatta was offered to sailing establishments across the country at favourable prices.
The club decided to apply for one of the Rigid Inflatable Boats used as support boats throughout the event.
After successfully applying for a grant from Sport England and a fantastic fundraising effort from members of the club, which included a swimathon by the youth squad sailors, a channel swim by an intrepid member, many raffles and some generous donations, the purchase price was achieved.
The new boat is a Ribcraft 5.85 fully equipped for sailing support.
It will be primarily be used in the coming season to assist with the training and coaching of sailors new to the sport.
After consulting the members, the new boat is to be named Legacy.
A club spokesperson said, “It is hoped that she will prove a great asset to the club for many years to come.”
The club runs approved RYA courses for beginners and continues to train and coach members as they progress.
This year the club is offering training for adults and also a family course for a parent/ guardian and child to learn sailing together.
It can be contacted via the club’s website. which can be visited at www.sailing-at-eastbourne.co.uk or call in for a chat at the clubhouse on Royal Parade.