A yachting club in County Durham has caused a sensation in the regional sporting world after being shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Yachting Association award, but needs the public’s help to secure the coveted honor.
The Teesdale Sailing and Watersports Club, which runs a volunteer run club at Grassholme Reservoir, is famous after becoming one of the top ten finalists from across the UK for the 2022 Yachting Club of the Year Awards.
The awards celebrate the outstanding achievement and hard work of sailing clubs across the UK and the timing for the Community Yacht Club coincides with the approach of its 50th anniversary.
Selected as a finalist by the jury, the club were shortlisted after showing resilience and determination to overcome a series of challenges and build a solid foundation for the future.
The Teesdale Sailing and Watersports Club has struggled with difficulties in recent years.
Northumbrian Water’s rehabilitation work on the dam has resulted in three years of low water levels affecting the club, and the Covid pandemic has also wreaked havoc among members.
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Behind the scenes, however, the club have worked hard to turn his fortune into a vital opportunity for change, which has seen him not only survive but thrive.
Supported by the water board, a shoreline redevelopment plan provided a new, lower-level, more accessible boat park with a larger redeveloped slipway, while member-led projects saw the construction of a race office, as well as new storage facilities, additional boats and an increase in the availability of training, including sailing, power boating and sessions for children.
Commodore Anthony Tubbs said: “It is a great honor for the club and a fair reward for all the hard work that the members have put in over the past 12 months.
“Our committee and members have come together and embarked on several projects that have revitalized the club, created new facilities and increased participation. ”
Since 2019, the club’s membership has tripled to over 100, and its Royal Yachting Association’s OnBoard sessions for youth and junior sailors now have around 30 regular participants, up from 18 just two years ago.
Despite the club’s success in recent history, the water sports club now needs people’s help to vote for them if they have any hope of landing the 2022 Yachting Club of the Year Awards.
Teesdale Sailing and Watersports Club Head Instructor Richard Hewitt said: Water in a safe environment and in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
“On a sunny day, it doesn’t get better and it’s a great place to get away from it all.
“In order to get more people out on the water we now want to continue to develop our facilities and the Club of the Year is a great opportunity to raise awareness of what we do.
“We would love to have the locals and the entire North East sailing community vote for us! ”
Voting for the prizes will close on Monday, January 24, 2022 and the winner will be announced at the Royal Yachting Association Dinghy and Watersports Show in the spring. Learn more about the Teesdale Sailing & Watersports Club and vote for the Royal Yachting Association and the Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year.
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