Club's Cadets and Otters are Presented with Two New Dinghies
Gunfleet Sailing Club’s youngsters recently submitted an application for a grant to purchase two dinghies in order to provide training facilities for new junior members. Unfortunately their application was not successful but one of the Club’s members felt so disappointed that they offered to purchase two brand new Topaz dinghies in order that no young person keen to take up sailing would be disadvantaged. The member, who wished to remain anonymous, requested that one of the boats be named “Cissbury Lady” as that was the name of their grandfather’s boat that went to Dunkirk during the Second World War to help evacuate the troops from the beaches.
This the Club happily did and on Bank Holiday Monday “Cissbury Lady” was officially launched. Club Cadet Officer Andy Ford said “This incredibly generous donation allows the Club to provide more training facilities for its Cadets and Otters. Living by the seaside gives every young person the opportunity to take up sailing; a sport we excel at, as highlighted by the last Olympic Games. This is a real boost to both the sport and the young people in the area”.
The second Topaz also went to sea on the Monday but will have to wait to be named. There is currently a competition amongst all the Club’s Cadets and Otters to put forward possible ideas and the winning entrant will officially name the craft.