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Porthpean Sailing Club keen to attract newcomers

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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THE 2012 season may have drawn to a close on one of the stormiest weekends in recent years, but Porthpean Sailing Club are already looking forward to next year's action – and you could be a part of it.

There are fewer better sights than that of a fleet sailing across the coast line on a Sunday afternoon.

But as pleasurable as it is watching from a distance, Porthpean is encouraging more sailors, with or without experience, to join this friendly, family club. Boasting around 80 members, from aged seven upwards, the club is hoping to attract more members before sailing starts again in March next year.

In the meantime, the club hosts social evenings every Wednesday (from 7.30pm) from its clubhouse. Those interested in sailing are more than welcome to attend.

The club's press officer, Chris Hazell, who regularly joins in on the sailing action, would like to see more people getting involved.

He said: "Our objective is to raise awareness, and to encourage new members, both with and without their own boats.

"We have people of all ages, anybody can give it a go, whether they've sailed before or not, it's really easy to get involved.

"We'd especially like to hear from youngsters, at the base of the pyramid, and the future of the club."

During the season the club hosts three races a week, regularly attracting more than 20 boats.

The club class is now the tasar, an exciting, and very fast boat to sail.

For those who wish to sail something different (including one or two Scorpions), there is a handicap fleet, where race times are adjusted to allow for the varying speeds of the different boats.

The club has hosted National Championships, and has run 21 successful events, and one World Championships.

This year the Tasar National Championships were held at Porthpean Sailing Club, with around 30 of the UK's best tasar crews in action.

And as well as bringing the country's most talented sailors to the county, there are also the economic benefits. Hazell said: "When the Nationals take place we bring a lot of business to the county, which can only be a good thing."

Next year, the club could well boast two world champions, when husband and wife tasar team Jeremy and Susan Hawkins compete in the World Championships in North America.

Hazell said: "I really think they have a very good chance of winning, which would just be fantastic for the club."

For more details on Porthpean Sailing Club visit their official website, www.porthpeansc.co.uk

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