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Itchenor Sailing Club launch new sailing experience and announce winning boat names at Open Day

by Rebecca Oldfield 14 May 13:20 BST 6 May 2018
A group of interested visitors with a 2000 at the Itchenor Sailing Club Open Day © David Priscott

Itchenor Sailing Club hosted an Open Day on Sunday 6 May to officially launch its new 2000 Dinghy Sailing Experience.

The highlight of the event was the launch and official naming of the Club's new 2000 dinghies. The winning names - Zephyr, Skate and Mako – were selected following a competition with local schools and the general public. Pam Clarke, Frank Frizelle, and Barnaby Curwood provided the winning suggestions, and each received one month's free membership to the Sailing Club as well as a neck gaiter from Rooster Sailing.

The RS2000 dinghies form part of the new 2000 Dinghy Sailing Experience at Itchenor, a new membership initiative to encourage fun, flexible and sociable sailing that is open to all. The dinghies are available to hire on a full or half day basis, giving members the opportunity to learn to sail or brush up on their sailing skills without having to own a boat.

Neil Hart, Commodore at Itchenor Sailing Club, commented: "This is the first time we have offered an accessible sailing experience at Itchenor where boats can be hired for use. The Open Day was the perfect way to officially celebrate the launch of the programme and we received a very positive response from those there on the day. We all enjoyed meeting our guests at the Open Day and look forward to welcoming them again soon and hopefully seeing some of them out on the water."

Designed for families, couples and individuals looking to get involved in the sport for the first time or those wanting a stepping stone to get back into sailing, the 2000 Experience comes with weekly activities and events including training, cruising, beach picnics, racing and regattas.

All those interested in joining this relaxed sailing programme at Itchenor can enjoy a special introductory members' offer for the first year and free first use of one of the Club's 2000 dinghies. Those who have yet to reach the required level to take a boat out on their own, will receive a free half day training session or alternatively they can join one of the various RYA training weekends that the Club runs.

To find out more about joining the new 2000 Experience at Itchenor visit www.itchenorsc.co.uk or call 01243 512400.

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