Getting Afloat Programme delayed but not forgotten
Earlier in the year WSC initiated a programme to encourage more people to enjoy life on the water, called Getting Afloat. As Covid 19 has affected many things this year it has also delayed the introduction of this initiative. The idea was that owning a boat is no longer essential if you want to enjoy life on the water in Wivenhoe and that Wivenhoe Sailing Club will encourage more people to try out a range of water-based activities irrespective of previous experience and to do so safely with minimal cost.
Whilst it is not possible to start this programme right now we have not forgotten it and will re introduce it as soon as we can.
To remind you the Getting Afloat on the Colne programme provides those who sign up, the opportunity to discover and experience different ways of “getting afloat” over the course of the year. The Club will provide access to canoes and kayaks, sailing dinghies, a small yacht, a motor launch and with our links to Wivenhoe Gig Rowing Clubs, four seater Gigs, so those in the program can pick and choose which ‘craft’ to try over a number of weekends during the year, supported by the club’s experienced members.
They also get to learn more about the river, coastal wildlife, tides and personal safety. This will be during shore based sessions at WSC’s clubhouse and through a partnership with the Nottage Maritime Institute on the quay in Wivenhoe. The “Getting Afloat” programme is entirely flexible, with sessions – both water based and on land – spread throughout the year. So you need to enrol for a small fee and then pick and choose which sessions to join.
With ambitions to help get more of the community experiencing and enjoying the river, WSC were delighted to be the recipients of a £100 donation from Wivenhoe News. This has been put towards fundraising efforts for a further expansion of WSC’s club fleet – a small coastal rowing boat, specifically suited to getting people of all ages out on the water for the first time, has been identified.
So we will start this programme as soon as practicable and will ensure that members of the public are made aware when we can.