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Celebrations at Shoreham Sailing Club

by Antonia Wright 11 Sep 13:35 BST
Ribbon cutting of the new slipway at Shoreham Sailing Club © Alice Crick

There were celebrations last week at Shoreham Sailing Club as we officially opened our new slipway. Any excuse for a party! We were pleased to welcome other harbour users to join in the fun.

After a few words from Chairman Sophie Mackley, the ribbon was cut by Tony Parker of Shoreham Port. Tony was instrumental in the new slipway project, which was part of the Environment Agency Tidal Walls Scheme.

First down the newly opened ramp was one of our oldest sailing members and Olympic medallist Alan Warren crewed by his grandson Will Carroll in their Merlin Rocket, and one of our youngest, Rhys Griffiths in his Optimist. They battled it out with other club members in an exhibition race just off the end of the slipway, won by John Mills in his Supernova.

Shoreham Sailing Club recently celebrated its 70th year and today offers a wide range of sailing activities, with club racing, twice-weekly in the summer months, and regular race improvers sessions.

The Adur Sailing Club joined us in 2016 and use the facilities to, teaching children to sail and learn to love the water. Local scout groups also use the club for training events.

The club is in an excellent location as we launch down the new extra-wide slipway into the sheltered waters of Shoreham Harbour with only a short sail to the open water and waves of the South Coast.

Shoreham Sailing Club's byline has always been 'Real Sea Sailing' and this is now even easier as we have a wonderful new launching facility. Come and join us!

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