Scilly’s Sailing Club Closes Kayak Section

kayak 1The Isles of Scilly Sailing Club has decided to close their kayaking section.

Club Commodore Mark Underwood says they took the decision at their AGM last week, after discussing the matter at the last five AGM’s.

Mark says the kayak section was brought into the Club some time ago, but members felt it wasn’t really the right home for the sport on the islands.

He says the RYA insurance, which covers the club, doesn’t extend to kayaking and there were some concerns over safety.

They also don’t have any kayak instructors and should be registered under the British Kayak Union, says Mark.

He says it’s sad but the club had to be realistic, as no one wanted to take on the section.

But he added that Scilly is a fantastic place to go sea kayaking and he’d like to see the community here thrive.

Mark says the Sailing Club would be happy to discuss share its facilities if a new group is formed.

The kayaks will now be sold off.

The club is gearing up for the new season with adult racing starting on the Thursday after Gig Weekend and junior racing on the following Monday.

Mark says turnout last year was excellent, with up to 35 juniors and 20 adults racing each week.

He’s hoping with a bit of good weather this year, they can get even more people taking part in the sport.

The club is also introducing discounts for members who pay their fees early, after some people failed to pay last year.

Anyone settling up before 1st June will be able to get membership for last year’s price of £80 for individuals and £130 for families. But those prices will rise by £50 after that date.

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