New dinghies for water sports centre

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AN EASTBOURNE water sports centre has been given funding for two new sailing dinghies.

Spray Water, an East Sussex County Council-run centre, has won Sport England funding to buy two RS Vision sailing dinghies.

While many of the centre’s activities are focussed on activities for young people and enable schools to widen their sports offer to pupils, the new dinghies will be used for the centre’s new Sail for Gold scheme for adults: a three year project that aims to get 20 new people actively engaged in sailing every year.

Richard Wilson, Spray Water sports centre manager, said, “Everyone at the centre is really chuffed.

“The two dinghies are very user friendly, with plenty of room, so ideal for coaching adults. They are fantastic boats, really versatile and suitable for training all levels, from the complete novice to intermediate levels, and also for introducing advanced skills for those with a bit more experience.”

Councillor David Elkin, said, “Congratulations to Richard and his team for their efforts in securing the funds. These craft are very nice indeed, and we’re very keen to get as many people out on the water as possible. And having two more boats in the training fleet means the centre can also increase the amount of regular sailing activities on offer to all age ranges.”

The centre offers courses and training for adults and juniors at the weekends but can also offer taster or tuition sessions at most times in the week.

For details on courses and training for adults and juniors visit or call 417023.