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Emsworth isn't the only club to suffer arson recently. I heard last night that West Wilts Youth Sailing Association (http://www.wwysa.org.uk) at Westbury was broken into last Thursday, the two rescue boat engines stolen and the building set on fire to cover their tracks. The arsonists even brought their own fuel as the stored fuel was still there.
The club lost the sail store and rescue boats (melted) and a couple of club boats (also melted) and damage was done to the building so upvc windows etc. will have to be replaced.
With no sails or rudders for the Versas and remaining Toppers until the insurance (which does not cover new for old) is sorted, the club is struggling to continue, just at the start of their season when normally they run sessions every night for youngsters and some weekends sailing elsewhere. Longleat and Shearwater club (where most of the instructors race) have allowed them to use the facilities and 2 club duos for two evenings of the week which will at least help to keep things going.
Police are examining local cctv footage.

Edited by patj - 30 Apr 14 at 6:34am
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That is awful, Pat.
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I've heard of at least one railway preservation organisation where the local level of theft, arson and general vandalism became so high that the site became unviable and they folded. I can imagine it happening to a sailing club too.
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