Manor Park secures a Quest dinghy from John Merricks Sailing Trust!
Published 19:57 on 12 Oct 2021
Wow! A brand new boat !!
As MPSC members may be aware, with thanks to the tireless work of our fund raisers, in November 2020 our club was awarded a £5,000 grant by the John Merricks Sailing Trust towards a new dinghy.
Like all organizations, Covid had also hit their fundraising, but they were impressed by our application.
John Merricks was a fantastic young sailor, but it was his enthusiasm for the sport that shone through he worked very hard to achieve his goals but always enjoyed his sailing.
The JMS Trust hopes that many of our young sailors will also demonstrate those qualities.
Now that Covid restrictions have eased through 2021, and our junior training has resumed again, the new RS Quest double handed sailing dinghy has played a huge role in introducing young people into the wonders of sailing converting these young trainees into ongoing members is the future of our club. Exactly the aims expressed by the trustees of the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
Upon delivery our eager Dinghy Instructors set about the rigging. There isn't a dinghy sailor amongst us who doesn't get a little (Lot) excited when unwrapping a brand new boat.
The training team were excited because with another three person training boat delivered, they could plan during the Christmas lockdowns, for future 2-day courses alongside the already successful, but deferred, club junior & senior training programme.
Already making a real difference.
The new boat has now been in use during all our 2021 training sessions, and was of particular use during the tight Covid restrictions when social distancing rules limited us to "family bubble sailing/training".
At Manor Park Sailing Club, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, we have always been spoilt by the number of volunteer instructors available, of all ages, promoted and supported by our superb training team.
As a family friendly sailing club, with excellent lakes fed by the River Trent, in tranquil surroundings, with a large potential catchment area, our club goes from strength to strength.
The clubs positive attitude demonstrated by its approach during the latest lockdown completely refurbishing changing rooms, a brand new galley , road repairs, and with further awards, even managed to completely re-roof the clubhouse ready for the next generation of dinghy and radio sailors.
Water based UK activities are thriving at Manor Park!
" What a difference a dinghy makes" - recently overheard by our Chief instructor:-
" The new Quest really has made a huge difference to the Training program, we can now run 2 day
courses for a larger group of people including more families, now they have re-found sailing!"