Lottery Grant Helps Younger Islands’ Sailors

sailing clubThe Commodore of the Scillonian Sailing Club says a grant from the Scilly Lottery will help get more young sailors out on the water.

Funding of £1,980 from the lottery will allow the club to buy four new launching trolleys for their dinghies and five junior-sized harnesses for use on Redwing vessels.

Mark Underwood told Radio Scilly that the club has a growing youth membership and has built up a very nice fleet of dinghies for them to sail in.

But many of their trolleys have collapsed through old age and perfectly good boats are being left on the grass because the youngsters can’t get them to the beach without adult help.

The new Redwing harnesses will also encourage the transition of junior sailors into adult vessels.

Mark says the Redwings, traditional fast wooden vessels with distinctive red sails, are growing in popularity on the islands and provide more of a challenge for youngsters as they develop their sailing and competition skills.

The equipment should be in place ready for the new season.

The Scilly Lottery was set up to fund the running costs of Radio Scilly and also gives grants to clubs and charities based on the islands.

Grants are awarded annually in the autumn, and further details of how to apply can be found on the Scilly Lottery website.