New Sailing Boat for Scouts
Four years ago 1st Wendover Scouts took to the water at Aylesbury Sailing Club with a small fleet of 4 Pico sailing boats. During that time over 200 young people had the chance to learn to sail. Last year we decided we needed a larger boat, so we wrote to the Wendover Community Trust to ask for support with this project, which we were then lucky enough to receive. So in February this year we made for the Dinghy Show. Not being a sailor myself it was an interesting day listening to talk about jibs, shakles and lots of other bits and, luckily for me, Russell our sailing instructor understood the jargon.
We settled upon a Hartley Gull, a UK sailing boat suitable for up to four people. The boat was hand made this summer and took slightly longer than initially thought because of the boats being built for the Olympics. It arrived at the beginning of September and I was the first to paddle it across the lake!
The scouts had their chance to sail the boat at our weekend activity camp at the end of September. The boat also got a few looks from others at the club who own older versions. Sailing now features as one of the many activities the troop has to offer. This is made possible by the volunteers that help and the continued support of Wendover Community Trust so it seems apt to name the boat ‘Trust’.