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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Yeadon Sailing Club has been awarded Volvo Champion Club Status!

After working towards the award for a number of years, on the 3rd of March 2012, at the London Boat Show, the dream became a reality and the Club was awarded Volvo Club Status (VCC). Neil the Club Coach was there alongside junior members; Luke, Harriet, Matt and Ben to receive the VCC plaque and flag presented by the Olympic 470 sailors Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills.

The Club Commodore Tim Burnett proudly said “This is an extremely important step for the club as it means we now have recognition for the excellent junior and youth training programmes which have been designed by Neil McInnes and the Coaching Team.  Gaining VCC status also enables the club to apply for additional funding which helps to provide for essentials such as new sails for the Clubs training boats. The training programmes we provide are run by a team of dedicated volunteers who are also the schemes strength”.

The Club has been working closely with its neighbour Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre who are a local OnBoard Club. Both clubs share the water of Yeadon Tarn and have held joint introductory racing festivals for their junior sailors. Quite often keen juniors learn how to sail at the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre as part of a school group and then go on to develop their skills and learn how to race by becoming a member of Yeadon Sailing Club (YSC).

As a finale to the season YSC holds a Team Racing Event and junior sailors from other sailing clubs in the local area are invited to take part in a fun filled, competitive morning.

It is this carefully planned gradual progression of racing activity that results in the junior members been confident and competent enough to be able to race alongside the adult members of the Club that has lead to YSC been awarded the Volvo Champion Club status.

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